New adult safeguarding improvement tool published

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The NHS Confederation has joined forces with four other leading national organisations to produce a new resource for those involved in adult safeguarding.


This improvement tool based on the Adult Safeguarding Standards has been refreshed in March 2015. It has been developed in partnership by:

  • Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
  • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
  • Local Government Association (LGA)
  • NHS Confederation
  • NHS Clinical Commissioners

Developed by the sector, the key areas of focus have been used in numerous peer reviews and challenges and as a means of self-assessment. The characteristics of a well-performing and ambitious partnership are described, particularly in relation to the three key partners in safeguarding adults: the council, NHS and Police.

Key themes

The standards have four overarching themes, with eight elements sitting under those. In each case the document illustrates ‘ideal service’ provision, offers examples of probes and questions and provides lists of possible evidence sources to consider.

The themes are:

  • Outcomes for, and the experiences of, people who use services – what has been achieved by adult safeguarding and how good has experience been?
  • Leadership, strategy and working together – the overall vision, strategic direction and how this led by organisations involved
  • Commissioning, service delivery and effective practice – are services being commissioned and provided in relation to local needs?
  • Performance and resource management – covers areas such as accountability and staff training.

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