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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.

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.

Provider forms

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

Printable forms

Lead Officers have specialist forms to record their adult protection work.

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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.

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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.

Potentially Dangerous Persons (PDP) procedures

The definition of a PDP is: "a person who has no been convicted of, or cautioned for any offence placing them into one of the three MAPPA categories, but whose behaviour gives reasonable grounds for believing that there is present a likelihood of them committing an offence or offences that will cause serious harm".

Serious harm is defined as "(harm) which is life-threatening and/or traumatic and from which recovery, whether physical or psychological, can be expected to be difficult or impossible". (National Offender Management Service MAPPA Guidance 2007)

Very high risk of serious harm is defined as "there is imminent risk of serious harm. The potential event is more likely than not to happen imminently and the impact would be serious". (MAPPA Guidance)

There are specific procedures PDPs.

Violent and sexual offences recognised as meeting the threshold of serious harm are outlined inSection 224 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Schedule 15) and it provides a guide to the offences which could qualify for referral of a PDP.

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