North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board

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The North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board has been set up to protect adults who may be at risk from abuse by promoting co-operation and effective working practices between different agencies.

Safeguarding and the Care Act

The Care Act came into force in April 2015. This sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the health and care system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect. The Act creates a legal framework so key organisations and individuals with responsibilities for adult safeguarding can agree on how they must work together and what roles they must play to keep adults at risk safe. This gives the safeguarding adults board a clear basis in law for the first time.

Safeguarding campaign - "Seen it? Heard it? Report it"

The safeguarding adults board launched a campaign aimed at ensuring adults with care and support needs in North Yorkshire get the help and support they need and deserve.

The campaign promotes the awareness of safeguarding and encourages the reporting of abuse. North Yorkshire County Council, along with partner organisations, are distributing campaign materials to care homes, hospitals, doctors surgeries, post offices, village halls and other care and community settings.

Safeguarding adults awareness posters

As part of the campaign, we have produced six posters to help raise awareness of safeguarding adults issues. Each one provides an example of a safeguarding issue and gives contact details for people to report abuse.

You can download the pdf icon safeguarding adults awareness posters [588kb] [pdf] to display in your own care or community setting. If you would like printed copies, please complete the word icon awareness posters request form [168kb] [word] and email it to has.communications@northyorks.gov.uk.

The North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board brings together a combination of NHS, police, local government, independent and voluntary sector and community partners seeking to ensure that adults who may be vulnerable are safe and well.

The Care Act expects safeguarding boards to ensure that safeguarding is personal, and that everyone in the community understands it and has a responsibility for supporting it. The Care Act is designed to make care and support clearer and fairer and to promote the wellbeing of both the people who are cared for and their carers.

It supports the aims of adult safeguarding which are to:

  • Stop abuse or neglect wherever possible;
  • Prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs;
  • Safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about how they want to live;
  • Promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adults concerned;
  • Raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect;
  • Provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do to raise a concern about the safety and wellbeing of an adult; and
  • Address what has caused the abuse or neglect.

You can find more information about the work the board does and safeguarding in general, in the pages below. The policies and procedures have been developed in consultation with all partner agencies on the safeguarding adults board.

Reporting abuse of vulnerable adults

If you are worried about a vulnerable adult please see the safeguarding vulnerable adults  page to find out how to report your concerns.

Guides to safeguarding adults from abuse

These guides have been written by the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board to explain how they help protect people from abuse and neglect. They are also used to help people understand how they can report abuse and what happens when they do.

pdf icon How to make sure you are safe from abuse [52kb] [pdf]
This guide tells you what abuse is and how to report it if you think you have been abused.
pdf icon How to make sure you are safe from abuse (easy read) [972kb] [pdf]
An easy read version of the guide that tells you what abuse is and how to report it if you think you have been abused.
pdf icon What happens after you have reported that abuse has happened [55kb] [pdf]
This guide tells you what happens when you report abuse.
pdf icon What happens after you have reported that abuse has happened (easy read) [1mb] [pdf]
An easy read version of the guide that tells you what happens when you report abuse.

North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual reports

2015-16

pdf icon North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2015-16 [1mb] [pdf]
Annual report for 2015-16 from the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board.

2014-15

pdf icon North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2014-15 [1mb] [pdf]
Annual report for 2014-15 from the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board. The report includes information on what the board have achieved this year; awareness and empowerment; prevention; protection and proportionality; partnership and accountability; looking forward - safeguarding plan for 2015-18; members of the board; and more.

pdf icon North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report (easy read) 2014-15 [373kb] [pdf]
Easy read version of the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2014-15.

2013-14

pdf icon North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2013-14 [688kb] [pdf]
Annual report for 2013-14 from the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board. The report includes information on the strategic plan; training in safeguarding and mental capacity act; mental capacity act/deprivation of liberty safeguards forum; data about safeguarding; and safeguarding partners.

pdf icon North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report (easy read) 2013-14 [280kb] [pdf]
Easy read version of the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2013-14.

Useful downloads

pdf icon Keeping people safe - safeguarding and protecting adults from abuse or mistreatment [265kb] [pdf]
This leaflet provides information about what to do if you are being abused, or you suspect that someone is being abused.

pdf icon Safeguarding and protecting adults from abuse or mistreatment - basic awareness checklist [59kb] [pdf]
A safeguarding adults basic awareness induction checklist for managers to use with newly appointed volunteers - to be used in conjunction with the keeping people safe booklet.

pdf icon North Yorkshire safeguarding adults, mental capacity act and deprivation of liberty safeguards training strategy 2013-16 [168kb] [pdf]
This strategy sets out our approach to the learning and development activities to support the North Yorkshire multi-agency safeguarding adults procedures, mental capacity act and deprivation of liberty safeguards legislation and associated competencies.

pdf icon North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - strategic outcomes 2015-18 [275kb] [pdf]
Our vision for the board is to provide leadership, challenge and direction to ensure that the partner agencies improve outcomes for adults at risk of harm or abuse. We will promote values of openness, trust, respect and learning.

pdf icon Governance and structure of the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board [263kb] [pdf]
Approved option for the governance and structure of the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board.