The Safeguarding Standard
Children, young people and adults at risk are at the centre of practice . Services are accessible, well publicised, ensure confidentiality and are available in an environment that is sensitive to the needs of adults at risk and children. All services and settings take account of the views of children, young people, and adult service users, in the decisions about and delivery of services.
•All services ensure that racial heritage, language, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender and disability are taken into account - for example by the use of interpreters or by making adjustments to enable access for disabled people.
•All services take into account the service user's wishes and feelings and balance this against their rights and need to be safeguarded.
•All adult services consider if there are risks to children from adults perpetrating domestic abuse; with mental health problems; misusing drugs and alcohol; or at risk of homelessness.
•All children's services to consider if adults are at risk.
•Each organisation has an identified lead person for safeguarding adults at risk and children. This person should be suitably trained and skilled to carry out this role on behalf of their organisation.
•Each organisation should have a named lead person responsible for e-safety.
•Every service/project that works with service users should identify a suitable experienced and knowledgeable safeguarding link person.
•Each organisation/service operates safe recruitment practices including CRB checks and adherence to Independent Safeguarding Authority regulations where appropriate, to support robust systems for checking references, employment gaps and signed declaration of criminal convictions.
•MSCB procedure for managing allegations against people who work with children and families is adopted where the service users fall into that category.
•Each organisation adopts the Government Office for the English Regions Guidance for Staff Conduct (Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children & Young People - 2009) which sets out what is expected appropriate behaviour for staff working with children young people and their families.
•Where the service users are adults each organisation adheres to CQC National Minimum standards and regulatory requirements in relation to protecting service users from abuse and DoH No Secrets Guidance which sets out what is expected in relation to protection, robust procedures and whistle blowing.
•Each organisation has a clear zero tolerance of abuse against staff policy which is well publicised to service users and members of the public.
Policies and Procedures
•Each organisation has safeguarding policies and procedures that are compliant with MSCB or MSAB safeguarding procedures.
•Each organisation working with adults at risk has clear procedures on the implementation and management of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in line with the code of practice to supplement the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice.
•Each organisation takes account of national and local guidance to safeguard service users and their children. This is particularly relevant where there is domestic abuse, forced marriage, substance misuse, homelessness or mental health issues
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