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 week 2017
The North Yorkshire and City of York safeguarding boards and community safety partnerships are working together to host Safeguarding Week. The theme is 'safeguarding is everybody's business'
Safeguarding Week aims to raise awareness of the different forms abuse can take and to look at complex issues like protecting young people from abuse online.
From 9 - 13 October 2017 information will be available and events will be held across North Yorkshire and York to offer advice and guidance on a range of issues such as staying safe online, cyber-bullying, grooming and safety in sport.
For more information visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/safeguardingweek
Review of the combined area multi-agency safeguarding adults policy and procedures
The safeguarding adults West and North Yorkshire and York multi-agency policy and procedures have undergone a substantial review this year by the seven safeguarding adults boards working together: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, North Yorkshire, Wakefield and York.
The aim is to achieve a simpler, person focused approach within our area and encourage the continuous development of best practice.
The consultation on the review of the policy and procedures is now closed. Further information will be provided on this page as soon as it is available.
Healthcare professionals - safeguarding requirements app
The NHS have produced a new mobile app, as a resource for healthcare professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding requirements.
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 safeguarding adults awareness posters to display in your own care or community setting. If you would like printed copies, please complete the awareness posters request form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 below. The policies and procedures have been developed in consultation with all partner agencies on the safeguarding adults board.
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.
How to make sure you are safe from abuse - This guide tells you what abuse is and how to report it if you think you have been abused.
North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual reports
North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2015-16
Annual report for 2015-16 from the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board.
North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2014-15
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.
North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - annual report 2013-14
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.
Keeping people safe - safeguarding and protecting adults from abuse or mistreatment
This leaflet provides information about what to do if you are being abused, or you suspect that someone is being abused.
Safeguarding and protecting adults from abuse or mistreatment - basic awareness checklist
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.
North Yorkshire safeguarding adults, mental capacity act and deprivation of liberty safeguards training strategy 2013-16
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.
North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board - strategic outcomes 2015-18
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.
Governance and structure of the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board
Approved option for the governance and structure of the North Yorkshire safeguarding adults board.