Making decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries: resources

The purpose of the framework developed on behalf of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the LGA is to offer support in making decisions about whether or not a reported safeguarding adults concern requires a statutory enquiry under the Section 42 (S42) duty of the Care Act, 2014.


It aims to support practice, recording and reporting in order to positively impact on outcomes for people and accountability for those outcomes. Five appendices support the report. Related cross sector work will follow which considers the circumstances that constitute a safeguarding ‘concern.’

Making Decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries: a suggested framework to support practice, reporting and recording

Making decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries: appendices

A range of resources from two workshops on Section 42 Enquiries held in November 2018 can also support work locally:

Presentation slide 28 November 2018

Presentation slide 29 November 2018

Rolling presentation quotes

Decision making case scenarios

Yorkshire and the Humber ADASS branch case study exercise
A case study exercise outlined at LGA/ADASS workshops in November 2018 developed by the ADASS Yorkshire and the Humber Branch. Sixteen real scenarios have been provided by four local authorities and these were used locally and then brought together on a regional basis in an exercise to support best practice and consistency. These might be a useful resource for other regional workshops.

Safeguarding Exercise – Section 42 Case Study Exercise shared by the Yorkshire and the Humber region

Draft interim checklist for making decisions on the duty to carry out safeguarding enquiries
This example of a local checklist from South Gloucestershire Council has been developed, based on the agreed national framework to support decisions on the duty to carry out a safeguarding adults enquiry.