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Safeguarding Adults across Lancashire and Cumbria

A multi-agency approach at a strategic and operational level is essential to effective safeguarding work. There is a wide range of organisations providing services to adults or which may be involved in enabling adults to access safety.

In addition inquiries nationally into the abuse of adults have established that in a number of cases greater information sharing and multi-agency 'working together' might have placed organisations in a better position to safeguard the adults concerned.

There are four multi-agency Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB) in Lancashire and Cumbria:

  • Blackburn with Darwen;
  • Blackpool;
  • Cumbria;
  • Lancashire.

The primary responsibility of the Safeguarding Adults Boards is to enable any eligible adult to access appropriate services if they need support to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect.

The Care Act 2014 introduces new duties and requirements of local authorities in a number of areas, including Safeguarding Adults. It provides, for the first time, a legislative framework for those working in Adult Safeguarding.

The key aims of the Safeguarding Adults Boards are to:

  • Ensure that whenever abuse or neglect is suspected or reported, there is an effective, consistent and coordinated response across Lancashire and Cumbria;
  • 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 in Lancashire and Cumbria;
  • Provide positive safeguarding outcomes for service users, which are best achieved by robust and effective inter-agency working.

The Safeguarding Adults Boards should:

  • Identify the role, responsibility, authority and accountability with regard to the action each agency and professional group should take to ensure the protection of adults;
  • Establish ways of analysing and interrogating data on safeguarding notifications that increase the SAB’s understanding of prevalence of Abuse and Neglect locally that builds up a picture over time;
  • Establish how it will hold partners to account and gain assurance of the effectiveness of its arrangements;
  • Determine its arrangements for peer review and self-audit;
  • Establish mechanisms for developing policies and strategies for protecting adults which should be formulated, not only in collaboration and consultation with all relevant agencies but also take account of the views of adults who have needs for care and support, their families, advocates and Carer representatives;
  • Develop preventative strategies that aim to reduce instances of abuse and neglect in its area;
  • Identify types of circumstances giving grounds for concern and when they should be considered as a referral to the local authority as an Enquiry;
  • Formulate guidance about the arrangements for managing adult safeguarding, and dealing with complaints, grievances and professional and administrative malpractice in relation to safeguarding adults;
  • Develop strategies to deal with the impact of issues of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and gender orientation, sexual orientation, age, disadvantage and disability on abuse and neglect;
  • Balance the requirements of confidentiality with the consideration that, to protect adults, it may be necessary to share information on a ‘need-to-know basis’;
  • Identify mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing the implementation and impact of policy and training;
  • Carry out safeguarding adult reviews (SARs);
  • Produce a Strategic Plan and an Annual Report;
  • Evidence how SAB members have challenged one another and held other boards to account; and
  • Promote multi-agency training and consider any specialist training that may be required. Consider any scope to jointly commission some training with other partnerships, such as the Community Safety Partnership.

Local Implementation

Partnerships across Pan Lancashire and Cumbria are asked to adopt this policy  and procedures so there is consistency in how adults at risk are safeguarded from abuse. Some local partnerships may want to adapt some aspects of the procedures to meet local arrangements.


The procedures outlined here are part of an ongoing process to improve the Lancashire and Cumbria-wide response to abuse of adults at risk. They will be reviewed and revised to further improve this response.