Safeguarding Adults Board

Local Guidance

There are Berkshire-wide Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures to ensure that staff respond consistently and appropriately to all concerns of abuse and neglect. Staff and managers should refer to these as well as to additional guidance documents produced by the Board and local partner agencies.

Raising a concern  

Practitioners, managers and providers should refer to the Berkshire Safeguarding Adult Policy and Procedures. Speak with your local Safeguarding Team for help and advice if you have a concern.

There is a form to help people raise a concern with the Safeguarding Team in the Council: Safeguarding Adults Forms Part 1. To report concerns about adults living in West Berkshire, use West Berkshire Council's web report form.

Joint Working

Good practice guide - checklist and links to support practitioners in working together.

Mental Health Crisis Interagency Joint Working Protocol

This protocol sets out the recognition that when people present, or are presented, to the Police in a mental ill health crisis state, working together with health and social care partners is both a necessity and a priority. All professionals agree to ensure that the welfare and dignity of the patient is at the heart of any negotiation. The Protocol can be found here.

Information Sharing Protocol

The Information Sharing Protocol covers all of the agencies that form the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board in the three local authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. It provides a framework for making decisions about sharing information in order to help protect vulnerable adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect. The Protocol offers guidance to front-line staff in assessing possible risk to adults, and in balancing the risk against the rights to confidentiality and privacy.  See also the Government's Seven Golden Rules for Information Sharing.

At-Risk Pathway for working with those who chose not to engage

Adults at risk who, for whatever reason, do not engage with services can have complex and diverse needs that often fall between different agencies; their needs are generally longstanding and recurring and put themselves and others at high risk. The At-Risk Pathway needs to be followed where the level of risk previously being managed has now reached a level that is unacceptable, and all other reasonable attempts to minimise this risk have failed.

Out of Area Review Procedure

The aim of this document is to provide clarity and guidance to staff when they are carrying out reviews for people who are placed in out of area supported living, residential or nursing home care. This is to ensure that the quality of the service is of a safe and satisfactory standard and is fully addressing all of the individual’s needs. The Out of Area Review Procedure can be found here.

Fire Home Safety Checks

You can refer vulnerable people for a home safety visit by a representative from the Fire and Rescue Service. Their home will be assessed for fire risk, with a view to fitting free smoke detector alarms if required. The Fire and Rescue Service will also discuss home escape plans and provide education advice to lower fire risk.  Not sure who to refer for a Home Fire Safety Check? Go to the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service's website.

Self-Neglect and Hoarding Threshold Tool

Guidance and templates to help staff safeguard individuals who may be at risk from hoarding and self-neglect: Self-Neglect and Hoarding Threshold Tool. Here is a short film about hoarding, Keith's story.

Pressure Ulcer Pathway

Guidance to help staff decide whether to refer to the safeguarding adults procedures is provided in the Policy and Procedures, Appendix 5 and these leaflets, What happens if you don't move around enough? and React to Red, includes simple steps to reduce pressure ulcers.

Audit Tool Templates and Care Governance Protocol

Templates and guidance for staff to use when carrying out audits: Multi-agency Audit Framework Strategy, Audit Tool and Audit Outcomes Template. Wokingham Council's Care Governance Protocol is shared here as an example.