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Safeguarding Adults

The Care Act (2014) and statutory Care and Support Guidance sets clearly the criteria of when safeguarding duties to an adult apply:

  • The adults has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
  • Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect

Safeguarding means protecting an adults rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Making Safeguarding Personal is about having conversations with people about how we might respond in safeguarding situations in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety

There are six key principles that underpin all adult safeguarding work:

  • Empowerment
  • Prevention
  • Proportionality
  • Protection
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

Further information can be obtained in the Policies Tab

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The Role of Blackburn with Darwen LSAB

The key aims of the LSAB are to

  • Ensure that whenever abuse or neglect is suspected or reported, there is an effective, consistent and coordinated response;
  • Ensure that partner agencies have preventative measures in place to lessen the likelihood of abuse occurring;
  • Increase the awareness of safeguarding issues amongst the general public, carers, service users, voluntary and paid workers;
  • Provide a framework for the further inter agency development of safeguarding policy including learning lessons from practice;
  • Provide positive safeguarding outcomes for service users, which are best achieved by robust and effective inter-agency working;

To promote multi agency training and review the implementation and impact of training.

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Are you concerned about adult experiencing abuse or neglect?

If the person you are concerned about is over the age of 18 years of age, they need or they may need health and social care support, and you feel they are being abused or at risk of abuse from another person, then they are likely to be an ‘adult at risk’ and you should consider making a safeguarding adult referral.

Contact the Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Adults Team for confidential advice and consultation. Please call 01254 585949 between the hours of 08:45 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.  

If you are calling outside these hours please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587547.