Knowsley’s Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency, statutory partnership whose main objective is to ensure that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults at risk of abuse and neglect across Knowsley.
Knowsley Safeguarding Adults Board adopts a zero tolerance approach to the abuse and neglect of adults and is committed to ensuring that all agencies work together to prevent abuse and to make sure that robust arrangements are in place to respond when incidents happen. This includes a commitment to working with adults and their representatives to achieve the outcomes they want and to promote independence, choice, control, recovery and wellbeing.
The vision of the Safeguarding Adults Board is that all citizens live their lives free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and their rights are protected. All safeguarding work is sensitive to and firmly rooted in respect for differences in race, ethnicity, culture, ability, faith and sexual orientation.
Engaging with and being responsive to the needs of all stakeholders, including adults at risk, carers, service providers and the wider community, is essential to promote the Board’s vision.
The Board through its practice, and that of its sub groups, is committed to the six principles which underpin safeguarding:
Individuals at risk and the wider community are given the right information to recognise abuse and what they can do to keep themselves safe. They should be given clear information on how to report abuse and crime and what support and advice is available to them. The person or their representative should be consulted before any safeguarding action is taken.
It is better to take action before harm occurs. Accountable agencies will train staff to recognise signs and take action to prevent abuse. In all aspects of agencies’ work, consideration must be given to how communities can become safer.
The individual at risk and where appropriate, partner agencies, will be consulted before any safeguarding action is taken; any safeguarding response should be least intrusive and proportionate to risk.
Accountable agencies must have effective ways of assessing and managing risk. Local complaints and reporting arrangements for abuse must work well. Local people will be given the opportunity to understand how accountable agencies can be contacted.
Local multi-agency partnership arrangements need to be in place and staff need to understand and use local procedures. Local solutions are found through services working with the community.
The roles of all agencies should be clear, together with lines of accountability. Staff need to understand what is expected of them and others. Agencies must recognise their responsibilities to each other, act upon them and accept collective responsibility for safeguarding arrangements.
The Board will ensure that these principles are translated into positive, personalised outcomes for individuals who are at risk of abuse and neglect.
- Adults’ Social Care
- Children’s Social Care
- Workforce Development
- Education/Community education
- Legal services
- Commissioning Team
- Public Health
- Strategic Housing
- Elected member
Clinical Commissioning Group - represents all Health Trusts
Clinical Commissioning Group Safeguarding Service
Department of Work and Pensions
Mersey Fire and Rescue
North West Ambulance Service
Probation/Crime reduction initiatives
Knowsley Housing Trust
Representatives from Care Provider Forum - Domiciliary Care/Residential and Nursing Care/ Supported Living
Represented by Knowsley Disability Concern
Links to partnerships
Community Safety Partnership
Health & Wellbeing Board
MARAC - Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (Domestic abuse)
Quality Surveillance Group
Safeguarding Children Board
Links to other agencies
Crown Prosecution Service
Care Quality Commission – will attend one meeting per year
Additional partners may be co-opted to attend particular meetings should a specific need arise.
You can find the Knowsley Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report here.
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