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This guidance is for all front-line staff, volunteers and managers working with adults including those with care and support needs in Shropshire.

The Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership are signed up to and have adopted the West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. This document supplements the West Midlands document and explains the local management of the safeguarding process in Shropshire. Specifically, it explains:

  • What to consider and actions to take before raising a safeguarding concern;
  • How to raise a safeguarding concern to Shropshire Council;
  • How Shropshire Council considers and responds to Safeguarding Concerns.
  • How Shropshire Council conducts Safeguarding or “Other” Enquiries and the role of other agencies in this duty.
  • How Shropshire Council manages Safeguarding Plans and the role of other agencies in supporting them.

In addition to the West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and this document; front line staff, volunteers and managers should also be familiar with other relevant multi-agency procedures, protocols and practice guidance which apply to Shropshire. These include:

  • Information Sharing Protocol and Practice Guidance
  • Multi-agency resolution escalation procedure for professional disagreements or concerns
  • Working with Risk Guidance
  • Mental Capacity Act Guidance
  • Specific protocols and guidance related to certain types of abuse (e.g. domestic abuse, self-neglect, position of trust)
  • Department for Health and Social Care Safeguarding Adults Protocol relating to pressure ulcers.

(These are all available to access at: http://www.keepingadultssafeinshropshire.org.uk/multi-agency-procedures/)

It is the expectation of the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership that all front line staff, volunteers and managers working with adults who have or may have care and support needs have the necessary competencies to be able to fulfil their statutory duty to co-operate with the Council and each other to promote the well being of adults and protect those with care and support needs who are experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect as outlined in section 6 Care Act 2014. Learning and development guidance and information can be found at: http://www.keepingadultssafeinshropshire.org.uk/learning-resources/information-and-learning-resources/