Safeguarding resources

Resources to support local areas’ roles and responsibilities in keeping people safe.


Making Safeguarding personal

You can download a series of tools to support Making Safeguarding Personal, measure effectiveness and improve safeguarding practice.

Understanding what constitutes a safeguarding concern and how to support effective outcomes 

The purpose of this framework and its appendices is to offer support in making decisions about safeguarding concerns. Produced in September 2020, it offers a framework to support practice, recording and reporting in order to impact positively on outcomes for people and on the level of accountability for those outcomes.

Making decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries

The purpose of the framework developed on behalf of ADASS and 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 (pdf) support the report. Related cross sector work will follow which considers the circumstances that constitute a safeguarding enquiry.

Safeguarding reviews

Analysis of Safeguarding Adult Reviews

This first national analysis of Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) held in England between April 2017 - March 2019 seeks to identify priorities for sector-led improvement. A summary identifies the headline findings with further detail in the main report.  Six shorter, targeted briefings take key findings and identifies key messages for taking the learning and improvement work forward. They are aimed at elected members, DASS and members of Safeguarding Adults Boards, practitioners, Safeguarding Adults Board chairs and business managers, Safeguarding Adults Review authors and individuals and their families.

Safeguarding Adult Reviews - assessing the impact and managing the challenges of embedding learning  

A series of Zoom webinars over the coming months on Safeguarding Adult Reviews will address the challenges expressed by Safeguarding Adult Boards regarding how to embed the learning from SARS, how to choose the right methodology from a range of possible options, and how to determine that findings and recommendations have led to policy changes. You can view the slides from the webinars: Assessing the impact and managing the challenges of embedding learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews.

Safeguarding Adults Boards

National Escalation Protocol for issues from Safeguarding Adults Reviews from Safeguarding Adult Boards

National Network for Chairs of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB) Annual Report 2019 – 2020. Previous reports and the results of surveys are available in the Adult Safeguarding Community of Practice in the Knowledge Hub group.

Examples of service user involvement with SABS

Resources for SABs to support Making Safeguarding Personal:

This suite of resources is intended to support Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) and partners in developing and promoting Making Safeguarding Personal.

The role of the SAB chair

This guide explains the role of the Safeguarding Adults Board chair, including the functions of the role, the knowledge and skills needed and how chairs can develop their knowledge and skills.

More resources

More resources can be found in the Safeguarding Adults Boards folder in the Safeguarding resources page and via the Knowledge Hub group: Adult Safeguarding Community of Practice.

Discriminatory abuse

Discriminatory abuse: a briefing for practitioners forms part of a larger piece of work, and series of activities and resources, to gain a better understanding of discriminatory abuse, and how to recognise equality characteristics in case management, and more broadly recognise unconscious bias and discrimination in practice, approaches and strategies within adult safeguarding.

Raising awareness and understanding

Adult safeguarding and homelessness

The purpose of the Adult safeguarding and homelessness: experience informed practice briefing is to assist senior leaders, such as members of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs), as well as commissioners, practitioners and operational managers who are working across relevant sectors and agencies in this field, to support people who are homeless and at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect. Building on Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness: a briefing on positive practice, this includes examples of positive learning and practice from the different sectors involved, especially housing, health and social care, both statutory and third sector.

COVID-19 adult safeguarding insight project: findings and discussion

This project was developed to create a national picture about safeguarding adults’ activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hoped the data collected could improve understanding of the impact of COVID-19 locally and nationally to help inform preparations and future planning. The first report: COVID-19 Adult Safeguarding Insight Project: Findings and Discussion provided a picture up until June 2020. The second Insight Project report provided information up to December 2020. This third Insigh Project report covers the period up to June 2021.

Audio-visual resources on safeguarding adults

A range of organisations produced a number of resources to raise awareness of abuse and neglect of adults with care and support needs. Others tackled particular issues such as mate crime or hoarding.

'Must knows' for lead members for adult social care

The 'Must knows' are a long-standing source of information and support focusing on key issues facing portfolio holders. This must know looks at the role of local leaders in keeping people safe and promoting MSP. How do you know your council is being effective in keeping people safe?

Other resources to support work on safeguarding adults