Professionals & Practitioners
Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. When abuse does take place, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways which are proportionate to the issues and where the adult in need of protection stays as much in control of the decision-making as is possible. The right of the individual to be heard throughout this process is a critical element in the drive towards more personalised care and support.
In the West Midlands, as elsewhere, the main statutory agencies – local councils, the police and NHS organisations – need to work together both to promote safer communities to prevent harm and abuse and to deal well with suspected or actual cases. That is why we have come together to produce Safeguarding adults: multi- agency policy and procedures for the West Midlands. It is our firm belief that adults with care and support needs are best protected when procedures between statutory agencies are consistent across the West Midlands region.
All staff, in whatever setting, have a key role in preventing harm or abuse occurring and in taking action where concerns arise.
To ensure that you always use the most up-to-date versions of the policy, procedures and guidance, we recommend that you access them using the website and not as downloaded files/documents. Below are the new West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy & Procedures applicable from 1st April 2015.