Salford City Partnership


Adult safeguarding policy

The Care Act 2014 defines safeguarding

Safeguarding means protecting an adult's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult's wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This must recognise that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances. (Care Act Statutory Guidance 14.7)

Types of abuse

For a fuller list, visit the Statutory Guidance (14.17).

The Act says

Incidents of abuse may be one-off or multiple, and affect one person or more. Professionals and others should look beyond single incidents or individuals to identify patterns of harm, just as the CCG, as the regulator of service quality, does when it looks at the quality of care in health and care services. Repeated instances of poor care may be an indication of more serious problems and of what we now describe as organisational abuse. In order to see these patterns it is important that information is recorded and appropriately shared. (Care Act Statutory Guidance 14.18)

Patterns of abuse vary and include:

We have published some examples of abuse and neglect. Staff can view additional guidance on types of abuse.

Salford's approach

The aims of adult safeguarding are to:

It is necessary to:

Salford's framework

The policy and procedures:

The policy and procedures are founded upon multi-agency co-operation and the sharing of information, skills and regulatory powers to promote the safety and well being of the people of Salford.

Safeguarding principles

Six principles should inform the ways in which staff and volunteers in every setting work with adults. Each principle is given, followed by what this might feel like for an adult at risk.


People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.

"I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens."


It is better to take action before harm occurs.

" I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help.


The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.

"I am sure that the professionals will work in my interest, as I see them and they will only get involved as much as needed."


Support and representation for those in greatest need.

"I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want."


Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.

"I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me."


Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.

"I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they."

Making safeguarding personal

In addition to these principles, it is also important that all safeguarding partners take a broad community approach to establishing safeguarding arrangements. It is vital that all organisations recognise that adult safeguarding arrangements are there to protect individuals. We all have different preferences, histories, circumstances and life-styles, so it is unhelpful to prescribe a process that must be followed whenever a concern is raised.

Principles for partnership working

Where acts of abuse occur, the fundamental priority must always be the safety, wellbeing and independence of the individual being abused.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. It is imperative that local systems are in place to support individuals who cannot support themselves. This will only be achieved through continued partnership working across Salford.

In practice this means that all partner organisations must:

Anti discriminatory practice

Salford's Adult Safeguarding Board is committed to the highest standards in regards to protecting individuals from discrimination. The Public Sector Equality Duty within the Equality Act 2010 requires that public bodies eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations. It is vital therefore that all safeguarding allegations are treated consistently and fairly and that staff do not  discriminate against an individual based upon their age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief or sexuality or lifestyle choices. Discrimination also prevents individuals accessing help and support to live safer lives and it is important that special efforts are made at all times to ensure that the adult safeguarding processes are accessible to everyone.  

This page was last updated on 31 March 2017

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