Safeguarding adults

Safeguarding adults is a key part of the work of Brent CCG.

Safeguarding adults is for a person aged 18 or over who is in need of care and support regardless of whether they are receiving them, and because of those needs are unable to protect themselves against abuse or neglect.

Find out more about safeguarding adults from:

Domestic violence and abuse

Female Genital Multilation (FGM)

Terrorism (Prevent strategy)

We also have information about the Mental Capacity Act/ Deprivation of Liberty safeguards and other key legislation.

 

Who do adult safeguarding duties apply to?

In the context of the legislation, specific adult safeguarding duties apply to any adult who:

  • Has care and support needs, and
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
  • Is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect, because of those needs.

What makes a person more vulnerable to abuse?

  • a mental health problem (including dementia or memory problems)
  • a physical disability or illness
  • drug and alcohol related problems
  • a sensory impairment
  • a learning disability
  • an acquired brain injury
  • frailty or a temporary illness

Brent CCG is committed to working in partnership with local authorities to fulfill their safeguarding responsibilities. We also have the job of ensuring that the organisations from which they commission services provide a safe system that safeguards vulnerable adults.

 

Safeguarding adults’ responsibilities

Brent CCG safeguards and promotes the welfare of all adults especially vulnerable adults.

It does this by:

  • Supporting the commissioning of high quality care for patients in the most vulnerable circumstances;
  • Addressing failures in care with providers in line with the two Safeguarding Adult Boards policies and procedures;
  • Improving services to patients through learning from all serious case reviews/serious incidents and national investigations and reports, such as Winterbourne and the Francis Inquiry
  • Improving services to patients through the involvement of vulnerable adults in the development and improvement of services

 

How do you raise a safeguarding adults concern?

Safeguarding concerns may be raised by anyone:

  • the person experiencing the alleged abuse
  • relatives
  • carers
  • members of the general public
  • health and social care staff

If you feel someone is a risk of abuse it is important to tell someone. Safeguarding vulnerable adults is everyone's business and we all have a duty to report concerns if we think someone is being abused or neglected.

If you feel someone is at immediate risk and the situation is urgent, call 999 or Brent Local Authority on 020 8937 4098/4099 (Out of Hours -  020 8937 4300 or fax to 020 8937 4027)

For general safeguarding adults information (non-case issues) visit the adult social services page on the Brent Council websiteInformation about preventing and reporting abuse can be found here and a leaflet about safeguarding adults can be found here.

 

Brent CCG’s Adult Safeguarding Team

Brent CCG safeguarding team is available to give advice on all matters relating to adult safeguarding. If you have any concerns you would like to discuss, the team are available for advice and support to our partner agencies and health professionals, and work to ensure that safeguarding adults at risk concerns are managed appropriately.

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Address:

Wembley Centre for Health and Care
116 Chaplin Road
Wembley HA0 4UZ

Designated Nurse Safeguarding adults
Joy Maguire
Tel: 020 8900 5352
Mobile: 07747756043
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Safeguarding Team Administrator
Christine Felix 
Tel: 020 8900 5315 
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Further resources

Brent CCG Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2015/17

Brent Safeguarding Adults Board

Brent Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults at Risk Alert Form

London Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy And Procedures 

My Health My Choice flyer 

Raising a Concern - Summary Table for Stage One 

Raising a Safeguarding Concern Flow Chart 

Safeguarding adults leaflet

NHS England Safeguarding App - developed for staff who work in healthcare