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Annual Report highlights safeguarding for vulnerable adults as going from strength to strength

At a cabinet meeting held in St Helens town hall this week, senior councillors heard how safeguarding vulnerable adults in the borough continues to go from strength to strength, as a number of new strategic objectives are set out to make further improvements over the next three-years.

Adult Social Care Worker

Article date: 23 May 2024

Published in the independently chaired Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report for 2022/23 which highlights how the board - made up of a range of multi-agency partners such as the local authority, blue light services, housing providers and charities - has delivered its priorities during the 12-months, the report outlines next steps to ensure the delivery of safeguarding services to adults at risk of abuse and neglect, with a particular emphasis on the approach of 'Making Safeguarding Personal'.

Objectives for the previous year included:

·       The safe transfer of safeguarding responsibilities and duties from St Helens CCG to the ICB.

·       Working collaboratively with the Local Authority Safeguarding Unit, to revise the Safeguarding Adult Multiagency Process, creation of the local Person in a Position of Trust policy and the Multiagency risk Assessment and management (MARAM) Process.

·       Continued partnership working with the Local Authority, Healthwatch, St Helens and the Care Quality Commission to identify any thematic concerns in care homes, in order that focussed clinical quality support can be provided by the Quality Team.

·       Delivery of bespoke training to Primary Care on the management of safeguarding adults abuse category - self-neglect

 

Going forward, key prioritises have been developed that will enable the board to continue to improve and ensure vulnerable people are safeguarded and supported to remain safe. These include:

 

  • Making safeguarding personal and support adults at risk to achieve the outcomes they wish

 

  • Adapting the approach to safeguarding adults to respond to emerging societal trends, priorities, reports, and guidance and developing innovative ideas to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational services

 

  • Providing consistent leadership, focussing on positive outcomes for those using our services

 

  • For the Safeguarding Adults Board to be recognised as the leaders in the field of safeguarding adults in St Helens by providing excellent standards of partnership working and engaging with our community, building awareness and confidence in our safeguarding service.

 

Welcoming the report, Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Social Care, said: "The work of the board is driven by its vision to promote partnership working by working together to help people feel safe and free from abuse and neglect.

"Safeguarding is always evolving, and the council and its board partners are all committed to ensure we learn from local, regional, and national learning. I'd like to thank the outgoing independent chair, Ian Cardwell, for his contribution - the board will continue to raise awareness of all types of abuse and support victims and their families."

To read the Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report in full, visit: https://sthelens.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s158068/Appendix%201.pdf

If you have a concern that someone is being abused or neglected, please call 01744 676767 or email contactcares@sthelens.gov.uk