WHERE IS THE CARE ARTICLE – Safeguarding Process – What should it look like? What are SETSAFs?

THIS IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF WHAT THE SAFEGUARDING PROCESS SHOULD LOOK LIKE WRITTEN BY WHEREISTHECARE.

Some paragraphs taken from Essex Safeguarding Adults Board – Refer to their website as below.

Safeguarding Alerts SOVAs can be taken out by anyone. This process is documented by forms called SETSAFs 1-4.

A SOVA was taken out against our family in we believe, misunderstanding and recrimination, with us raising concerns about mum’s care. They could be being taken out against you without your knowing. This is written so that you know this process exists. The result: unsubstantiated.

A SOVA was taken out by Adult Social Care staff about the concerns we reported with regard to mum’s care to be investigated in case others were at risk. This was closed down illegally without the correct investigation and our family has apologies for this from the Executive Director of Adult Social Care, ECC.

We were not informed that either of these were taken out.

Please Note: You have a right to pull your case notes and records under the Freedom of Information Act (with consent from your elderly relative or if they have passed and you have probate and a right to act for them) and check all documentation including SETSAF forms. You can see our SETSAF forms under Our Documents under the About Us section from the home page of this website for your information.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE HAS A CONCERN ABOUT A VULNERABLE ELDERLY PERSON’s SAFETY REPORT IT. THEN FOLLOW IT THROUGH, YOU HAVE RIGHT TO KNOW (UNLESS YOU ARE REMAINING ANONYMOUS) WHAT IS HAPPENING AND THE OUTCOME.

YOU NEED TO TAKE PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FOR FULL GUIDANCE, CONTACT ADULT SOCIAL CARE, CALL AsKSAL, THE SAFEGUARDING ADULTS LINE ON 08452 66 66 63, THE POLICE, OR READ ESSEX SAFEGUARDING BOARD WEBSITE (www.ESSEXSAB.ORG.UK) SAFEGUARDING ADULTS. You can call for anything for which you have a concern regarding someone at risk.

Everyone has a duty to recognise abuse and take action to protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect. The whole community has a part to play in preventing, identifying and reporting neglect and abuse. Whether or not the adult has capacity to give consent, action may need to be taken if others are or will be put at risk if nothing is done or where it is in the public interest to take action because a criminal offence has occurred. It is the responsibility of all staff and members of the public to act on any suspicion or evidence of abuse or neglect and to pass on their concerns to a responsible person or agency.

From April 2015 the Care Act 2014 has established a new statutory framework for care and support, including adult safeguarding.

Local authorities in Southend, Essex and Thurrock have a statutory duty to make enquiries or cause others to do so, if they reasonably suspect an adult is, or is at risk of, being abused or neglected.

Definition of Adult safeguarding

To prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults (any person aged 18 or above) with care and support needs.

The adult concerned should always be involved or represented throughout any enquiry.

SET SAF 1 – Safeguarding Adults Concern Form

The Adult Alert Form (SET SAF1) can be used by anyone to begin the adult safeguarding process. The form should be used to record any specific concerns or incidents that relate directly to the care or welfare of an adult. You can find it under the ‘Useful Documents’ Section under the Home page of this website or www.ESSEXSAB.ORG.UK.

The form must be used whenever there are concerns that may identify possible abuse against an individual. The form should only be completed in respect of the alleged victim.
The completed SET SAF 1 form is received at Adult Social Care where a risk assessment of the situation is carried out based on the SET SAF 1, giving consideration to the views of the adult about how they wish to proceed, severity of the incident, risk to the adult and/or others and decide on an initial course of events.

Whether the professional at Adult Social Care completes a SET SAF 1 because you have reported a concern to them, or you have completed the SET SAF 1, Adult Social Care should investigate, recording the adult’s views and wishes, any immediate action taken and the reason for these actions on the SET SAF1.

Should safeguarding concerns be recognised the process moves to stage 2 where further information is required before a decision can be made.

** If it does not warrant to move to stage 2, the Outcome options are:
– No further action – Information and advice given. Not a safeguarding issue, based on risk
thresholds guidance below.
– Referred for case management – Issues are of a referral nature for increased or different
care which would be resolved through assessment and possible care provision.
– Signposted to another agency – Where there is not a safeguarding issue but other services
would be most appropriate.
– Closed as inappropriate referral.

SET SAF 2

The SETSAF 2 form should be completed.

This stage is where Information gathering is commenced by Local Authority/Agent seeking views of the adult about how they wish to proceed and information is requested from relevant agencies. This stage allows for information to be sought from the adult and all involved partner agencies to ensure an informed decision is taken about how to proceed with an enquiry. An enquiry is called an “S42”. In some circumstances a S42 enquiry may not be the most appropriate path to follow to manage concerns that are raised. It depends upon the severity of the concern.

At this stage the process may move onto stage 3 or follow the outcomes mentioned above **.

SET SAF 3

The SETSAF 3 form should be completed to record proceedings.

The process then moves to stage 3 should there be a safeguarding issue identified and a formal safeguarding adults multi-agency meeting is held, chaired and with agreed parties attending. Typically meetings are held to plan the investigation of safeguarding cases, discuss and agree the on-going actions from cases or to review and close. This could be done virtually or by telephone.

The individual at the centre of the enquiry should always be invited to the meeting. If they are unable to attend or do not wish to participate this should be recorded and other means should be used to ensure their views are communicated.

SET SAF 4

The SETSAF 4 form should be completed.

At all stages there must be an on-going and documented RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN or the DASH RISK PLAN. The progress of concern must be recorded at each stage of this process.

This stage of the process is used to close a S42 enquiry. An enquiry can be closed at any stage in the process where it is agreed that there are no longer safeguarding issues to be considered or that can be managed through case management. Where a S42 enquiry is to be closed there could be a number of additional actions required and to take place.

Case closure can occur after each stage of the enquiry process and can be completed as such using the relevant SETSAF forms above.

Decision to close enquiry after investigation and outcomes reported and signed off by practitioners and manager. The referrer must be advised of the outcome. Where this is not possible the reason must be recorded.

There are timescales that these processes must follow by law.

See Flowchart of this process under ‘Useful Documents’ on Home Page (from www.EssexSAB.org.uk)

THIS ARTICLE IS AN OUTLINE TO INFORM AND SIGNPOST YOU ONLY. REFER TO THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES ESPECIALLY www.ESSEXSAB.ORG.UK, THE ESSEX SAFEGUARDING ADULTS BOARD FOR CLARIFICATION AND FOR MORE, AND CORRECT INFORMATION ON SAFEGUARDING IN ESSEX.