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Policies, procedures and forms


Policies, procedures and forms for use in safeguarding adults and adult protection.

Adult protection policy and procedures

Professionals need to be familiar with the policy and procedures which are regularly updated.  This document is currently under review.

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Risk Threshold Tool

This tool provides a guide for all professionals concerned about an individual in County Durham and helps decide on the seriousness of abuse and whether to report it to Social Care Direct.

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Risk Factor recording sheet

The recording sheet compliments our Risk Threshold Tool and the two can be used together to inform decision making. 

It supports practitioners in their decision making concerning risk associated with abuse and neglect and aids risk management decisions in respect of service users who are perpetrators - it can easily be adapted to focus on 'risk potential'.

Alternatively, the eight risk factor areas can help to support defensible recording when key decisions are being made associated with the management of risk.

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Sexual exploitation and modern day slavery

A guidance document has been developed in conjunction with Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board to help raise awareness of sexual exploitation and provide information on how to report it if you suspect someone is being exploited.

A reference guide is also available with some useful tools to help identify potential victims of modern day slavery, and also contains some information of the process that takes place to help these victims.

Honour based violence, forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

A guidance document has been developed by the Safeguarding Adults Board in conjunction with the Safe Durham Partnership and the Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership to help raise awareness of honour based violence, forced marriage and FGM and to provide guidance.  

Provider forms

The provider form should be used to record alert, decisions and actions for safeguarding concerns.

Referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service

To make a referral:

Safeguarding Adult Review Protocol

This policy should be utilised as a reference tool to support effective working between statutory and relevant partners of the LSAB, inform local decision-making processes and serve as a basis for best practice. 

Safeguarding Adult Review Referral Form

The duty to undertake a SAR rests with the Local Safeguarding Adults Board.  To submit a SAR for consideration, please use the referral form below.

Skin damage toolkit

A user friendly guide to help you decide whether to  make a Safeguarding referral or not when someone has some form of skin damage.

Seriously Vulnerable Individuals

This procedure covers vulnerable adults who are currently not active cases and do not want, or are deemed not to require, an assessment of need, but who are at risk of serious or significant harm, often because of their behaviour or lifestyle choices. This often arises from a culmination of events leading to significant cause for concern.

Multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC)

A Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference, MARAC is a regular local confidential meeting to plan how to help people at high risk of murder or serious harm in domestic abuse situations and address their ongoing safety.

An Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA), the Police, Children's Social Care, NHS agencies and other relevant agencies all sit around the same table.  They talk about the victim, the family and the perpetrator, and they share information.  Together the meeting writes an action plan for each victim.

  • Any worker who is concerned about a victim of domestic abuse can refer to MARAC
  • Do not let the perpetrator know

Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence (DASH 2009) Risk Identification and Assessment Checklist for Co Durham & Darlington.

The DASH risk identification and checklist has been slightly adapted by Durham Constabulary so that agencies within Co Durham and Darlington can use the form as part of the MARAC referral documentation.  The DASH checklist is at the end of the MARAC form.

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are to address and manage violent and sexual offenders living in the community who pose a serious risk of harm.  The Police, Prison Services and Probation work with other agencies to protect the public.

MAPPA arrangements were introduced by the Criminal Justice Act 2003. 

Statutory safeguarding agencies have a duty to act co-operatively to protect life and limb and public interest, and to share information about a particular offender who presents significant risk.

In a safeguarding investigation the lead officer may need to check if partner MAPPA agencies have information to share.

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