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Latest news - Safeguarding Adults in Durham

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Check here for updates about new developments and news items in respect of safeguarding and adult protection within County Durham. This page is under review - please contact us, if you need further information, or feel that information is missing on 03000 268870

The Herbert Protocol

The Herbert Protocol was re-launched in November 2016. The protocol outlines a scheme aimed at supporting family, friends, and care providers when vulnerable adults go missing. To find out more, please download the Herbert Protocol leaflet (PDF, 338kb).

Anyone throughout County Durham and Darlington can request to be involved in this initiative if they know of or care for a vulnerable adult who is at risk of going missing or wandering. To sign up, contact 101 or

SAB Training Annual Report

The SAB Training Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF, 1Mb) is now available to view.  It covers the training provided by the SAB and its partner agencies over the last 12 months.

SAB Newsletter

We are pleased to bring you the latest version of the SAB Newsletter with some of the latest developments that are connected to the Safeguarding Adults Board.  Please download the Newsletter here.

SAB Newsletter 4 - Autumn 2017 (PDF, 2Mb)

To see copies of our past Newsletter, please see below.

SAB Newsletter 3 - Winter 2016 (PDF, 625kb)

SAB Newsletter 2 - Autumn 2016 (PDF, 494kb)

SAB Newsletter - Spring 2016 (PDF, 687kb)

Duty of Candour

From 1 April 2015, a new statutory Duty of Candour was placed on all organisations registered with Care Quality Commission (CQC).

For more information visit the useful information for professionals page.

Vulnerable Witness Intermediary Scheme

Please  download our Witness Interrmediary Scheme Leaflet (PDF, 340kb) for more information regarding the vulnerable witness intermediary scheme.

Safeguarding Adults Policy Documents

The polices and procedures are regularly updated. Please refer to policies and procedures page for the most up to date version. This also provides posters,leaflets and a range of forms and letters for professionals involved in adult protection to use.


Key Factsheets on Safeguarding ad Adult Protection are now available on the leaflets and posters page. 

Safeguarding Adults, British Sign Language Version

Watch Newcastle City Council's video about Safeguarding Adults (below). This video is the British Sign Language version.

This film has been produced by the North East Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to explain safeguarding adults. It explains the different types of abuse and what happens after someone tells us that abuse has or may have happened.