Tuesday 28th January 2014

Five leading bodies that represent statutory organisations which work with and support vulnerable people have jointly signed up to a pledge on adult safeguarding.

The five 'umbrella' bodies which together represent police, social care, health and local government organisations, have said that all staff and contractors of agencies involved with vulnerable people should have at the mininum a basic awareness of and alertness to safeguarding issues, capacity, dignity and rights, as well knowledge of what to do if they come across cases which concern them.

In a jointly issued statement, the five bodies also say that specialist staff including social workers, named doctors and nurses and key officers such as those in Public Protection Units should have sufficient knowledge, skills and support to enable them to work with people in complex situations.

The five organisations - the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association, NHS Clinical Commissioners and the NHS Confederation - represent the core statutory bodies tasked with implementing the Care Bill, which will put safeguarding on a statutory footing.

In the statement, they set out six key areas in which they encourage their members to focus their efforts on adult safeguarding, including leadership and commitment, information sharing, and training and awareness raising.

The organisations go on to commit themselves to working together to prevent and mitigate risk of harm and abuse, as well as working together to improve outcomes for people who have been harmed or abused.


For further information, and for full copies of the statement, contact
Drew Clode, Policy and Media Adviser, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, 020 8348 5023/ 07976 837755
Victoria Daly, Senior media relations officer, Local Government Association, 020 7664 3308