In accordance with National Reporting Requirements, the information Supplied should be gathered and shared as a minimum - See safeguarding Concern Form SACF1 below.
A lack of access to the necessary information should not delay the concern being reported.
A safeguarding concern becomes an enquiry when the details lead to a decision that the adult meets the Care Act definition and a Section 42 Safeguarding Enquiry is required.
Checklists for Concerns
These are checklists to aid decision-making. Procedures should be referred to at all times and professional judgment should be applied throughout.
- Ensure the immediate safety of the Adult at Risk.
- Seek any immediate medical attention where required.
- Complete body map (see Body Maps Procedure) where appropriate.
- Has a crime or a potential crime been committed? If so you must report this to the police unless the Adult at Risk is assessed to have capacity and is clearly saying they don’t want any action taken. This information will be shared later with the police as part of the Local Authority’s screening process .
- Preserve any evidence.
- Record accurately any information provided by the adult, their family etc. (using their own words)
- Do not alert the alleged source of harm.
- Is the Adult at Risk safe now?
- Does anything more need to be done? To protect other adults or children? If so notify the children’s safeguarding or other access route for children’s
- If the adult has disclosed what do they want (outcome) If so please record this
- Are there any grounds to doubt their capacity to make this decision (MCA or coercive control)
If the safeguarding concern meets this test, the safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:
- Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
- Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
- As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
This is automatically made into a Safeguarding Enquiry and moves on to stage 2 of the process.
If the safeguarding concern does not meet the 3 Stage test, the reasons for this decision and any offer of additional service, advice or guidance given, must be recorded on the SACF1.
Having made the Enquiry decision the Local authority will then consider who is best placed ‘to cause the enquiry’.
You or your agency may be the most appropriate person to undertake the enquiry based on your involvement with the Adult at Risk and or the relationship you have with the individual.
At this point of the procedure development this function will only be applicable to health e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England, Foundation Trusts, further updates on the procedures will capture other agencies as they come on line with specific training and governance arrangements to capture the roles and responsibilities of this function.
The following agencies where this will be applicable in the near future will be the Local Authority Domestic abuse service; Housing and the independent care homes and hospital sector.