If you have concerns about an adult who may be being abused or neglected, and need further advice, contact the Safeguarding Adults Team in your area. Use the drop down box in this Practitioners' section to find local and national guidance on a range of safeguarding topics.
If you are concerned about a child this page contains LSCB and children's social care contact details and information about Female Genital Mutilation risk to girls from some communities as the summer holidays approach.
The Berkshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures were launched on 1 April 2016. They have been adopted by Bracknell, Slough, Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire and Windsor & Maidenhead. The purpose of the Policy and Procedures is to support staff to respond appropriately to all concerns of abuse or neglect they may encounter, providing a consistent response across the county. They are regularly updated and staff and managers should regularly refer to the on-line version.
Quarterly Briefings providing a summary of the main areas discussed at Board meetings, and other relevant information:
October 2017 This edition includes: support provided to homeless and vulnerable people by the Salvation Army; what staff should do if they receive a disclosure of non-recent abuse; a short film to help us understand what we can do to help make safeguarding personal; Mental Capacity Act Week 16-20 October; Bite size learning sessions on advocacy and safer recruitment; support at the Rose Centre for women who have experienced FGM.
July 2017 This edition includes: the NHS safeguarding app, pressure care advice, learning from recent case reviews, opportunities for practitioners to discuss complex cases, risk management panels, a guide to carers’ assessments, joint safeguarding conference in September and a new e-learning module on safer recruitment.
April 2017 This edition includes: priorities for the Business Plan, Independent Advocacy under the Care Act 2014, the Law Commission’s proposals for Liberty Protection Safeguards, fluctuating capacity, joint working good practice guide and links to discussion forums for practitioners.
December 2016 This edition includes: the Communication Strategy, survey results, service user involvement, ADASS peer reviews, links to the Annual Report and Learning From Practice briefing note.
October 2016 This edition includes: the Mental Capacity Act, empowerment, case file audits, links to the revised Policy and Procedures and a survey to help the Board improve awareness of safeguarding adults.
June 2016 This edition includes Making Safeguarding Personal, advocacy and findings from a Domestic Homicide Review.
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