Implementation of relevant parts of the Statutory
Guidance in the Care Act 2014 means that from
April next all housing and support providers will
be required to have clear operational and procedures
in adult safeguarding in place and ensure that all housing staff are:-
- familiar with the six principles underpinning adult safeguarding
- trained in recognising the symptoms of abuse
- vigilant and able to respond to adult safeguarding concerns and also to –
- have a senior manager taking a lead role in organisational and inter-agency safeguarding arrangements.
Helpfully, Imogen Parry, an independent Safeguarding Adults Consultant, has prepared a paper aimed at all those involved in the work of SABs and senior staff of housing organisations which outlines:
- The case for housing engagement in adult safeguarding
- Barriers to housing engagement with Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs)
- The benefits of housing representation on SABs
- Housing related work by SAB Chairs and Members
- Options for addressing issues of representation by housing on SABs.
Read Imogens paper here
To find out more about the Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance and to access its range of useful resources, please visit their website
Note: Imogen Parry is an independent Safeguarding Adults Consultant, Researcher and Trainer for the Housing Sector, and Co-Chair of the Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance.
Acknowledgments also to Eamon Lynch, MD of Resolve Antisocial Behaviour.