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Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) was set up under the Care Act 2014.
The main purpose of the board is to assure itself that safeguarding arrangements in Warrington and strong and sustainable. The board also makes sure that any partners agencies act together to help protect adults at risk.
We'll oversee local arrangements so that safeguarding adults at risk is prioritised and coordinated effectively. We're committed to:
The board sets out its priorities in its business plan and reports overall progress and achievements in an annual report.
WSAB is chaired by an independent person. Its members and advisors are senior representatives from a wide range of organisations including members from three statutory organisations:
WSAB uses a number of subgroups to focus on priority areas for development and to ensure delivery of its objectives.
Each group has its own terms of reference and work plan, the board receives updates on a quarterly basis from each sub group. The WSAB also has links with other strategic boards and partnerships.
The safeguarding forum is made up of people from a broad range of organisations to share safeguarding information. The SAF enables valuable links to be made with community groups so that the WSAB is influenced by a range of voices from the local community.
Are there signs that something is not right?
If you or someone you know is at risk of abuse or is being abused or neglected, it is important that you tell someone.
If you don’t speak up, who will?
When managing your own care needs or letting new people into your life, it is important to consider possible risks, no matter how small, and to have a plan on how to manage those risks.
This information will help you to think about the sorts of issues involved in managing risk, as well as offering advice on how to keep safe.
There are four main ways you can reduce the risk of being harmed:
You have a right:
How to protect yourself
Recognise the signs of Self-neglect
Self-neglect means a person could be at risk of serious harm by not taking care of their own health and environment, and not taking steps to meet their own care needs. It can also include hoarding behaviour. Hoarding is acquiring or saving lots of things regardless of their value. If you hoard, you might:
Indicators of self-neglect to be alert for:
View the video clip on Self Neglect
Be aware of scams
Things such as Facebook Community Groups, WhatsApp Groups and the Nextdoor social network that send neighbourhood alerts can be great ways of staying in touch with those around you, however it can be difficult to know who to trust.
Please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of others
Things to be aware of:
Tips to avoid being scammed:
If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, if you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.
Why not become a Scam Marshal?
A Scam Marshal is any resident in the UK who has been targeted by a scam and now wants to fight back and take a stand against scams. Scam Marshals do this by sharing their own experiences, helping others to report and recognise scams and sending any scam mail that they receive to the National Trading Standards Scams Team so that it can be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work. Visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/ScamMarshals for more information and to sign up.
Notice Domestic Abuse & Coercive and Controlling Behaviour
Home isn’t always a safe place for children or adults and the current restrictions can make home even less safe.
We need your help. Friends, neighbours, keyworkers; if you are worried about someone you know or someone you have come across in your role as a keyworker don’t allow the abuse to go unnoticed / unreported.
What Are the Signs of Domestic Abuse?
They’re not always as obvious as you might think. That’s because domestic abuse is about controlling someone’s mind and emotions as much as hurting their body. Being abused can leave victims scared and confused. It can be hard for individuals to see their partner’s actions for what they really are. We can all help by keeping an eye out for the signs.
Signs Someone Is Being Abused
Keep an eye out for things like:
Additional Information and Support:
Cheshire is opening the door on unhealthy relationships
If so, this is an unhealthy relationship and is defined as domestic abuse.
What happens behind closed doors doesn’t have to stay there. The open the door website has been designed to help you if you, or someone you know, is in relationship that doesn’t feel quite right.
If you’re worried that an adult is being abused, exploited or neglected – or is at risk of this happening – you have a responsibility to report it.
Contact our Adult Social Care First Response Team on 01925 443322 or Outside of office hours ring us on 01925 444400.
If you think a crime has been committed, ring the police on 101
If you believe the adult is at immediate risk of harm, call 999
Additional support and advice in relation to Domestic Abuse:
Refuge’s Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Are you able to help others? - Volunteering
Please view this video clip on the important role volunteers can play in safeguarding children, young people and adults. Safeguarding and Volunteering
It provides a simple message to volunteers:
Useful Sources of Advice, Guidance and Support
The Herbert Protocol – This is an initiative by Cheshire Police to support those caring for anyone with dementia that may be at risk of going missing. Visit the Cheshire Police website where you can find a document to complete that can be handed to officers in the event of your loved one going missing to help ensure they are found swiftly and safely -
Keeping People Safe - Suicide risk identification: This flowchart is aimed at volunteers, professionals and community groups who may identify concerns around suicide risk with people they work with or support. The flowchart aims to offer guidance on questions to ask and steps to take. It also contains useful local and online contacts that individuals can use for support around this issue.
Mental Capacity – This is a document and a video aimed at professionals and Carers to help them to understand the Mental Capacity Act and how it should be followed when caring for someone with difficulty in making their own decisions. Individuals can either read the document or watch the YouTube video to understand expectations on professionals. This may support Carers to understand how professionals will try to respond to situations where the individual cannot make a decision themselves.
Counter Terrorism Policing Helpful Advice - This document is intended to assist you to identify and respond to Suspicious behaviour, identify and deal with suspicious Items and respond to a firearms or weapons attack. You can also visit GOV.UK/nactso
Door Step Scams – This is where someone comes to your door and intends to exploit you through gaining access to your home. We know that perpetrators have been targeting those over 65 years of age and that there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the risk being exploited in this manner. For more information please visit Age UK Advice.
On this page you will find policies and procedures relating to Safeguarding Adults within Warrington alongside practice guidance as it is produced by the WSAB. If you can’t find something please email email@example.com with your request so we can see what we might be able to provide.
Below you will find things separated out into Policies, Procedures, Practice Guidance or Relevant Board Information.
This document provides the principles and expectations on agencies and professionals in Warrington in relation to Safeguarding Adults. It is a statement of expectations of all WSAB partners and professionals operating within the area.
These documents provides an overview of the area’s expectations of agencies and professionals when working with cases of self-neglect. You will also find resources designed to support you in practice.
The documents below represent specific guidance on what happens within Warrington when Safeguarding Adult’s at Risk procedures are implemented. You can either access these as a full download document from the top of the list or simply access the section you wish to view further below. The document offers guidance on how to trigger processes in Warrington alongside things to consider for Safeguarding Strategy Meetings.
The document below is the detailed practice guidance designed to be consulted alongside the procedures above. The document has been set up with a detailed contents section so you can click on a sections title and go straight to the section you are interested in. Each section provides some guidance and reference to relevant legislation for that topic area.
Please find below Warrington’s SAR guidance and all published SAR and Learning document
WSAB utilises sub groups to focus on priority areas for development, WSAB has 4 subgroups which are as follows:
Each of the WSAB subgroups has an individual work plan linked to the WSAB business plan and each subgroup provides a quarterly update to the WSAB on their progress.
The WSAB also links to and receives information from a range of other forums such as the Safeguarding Adult Forum, the Hate Crime Subgroup of the Community Safety Partnership and the Quality Intelligence and Safeguarding Group.
The Safeguarding Adults Forum is a non-executive forum with a broader membership than WSAB. This enables members from a range of organisations to exchange information, discuss the work of WSAB, and champion safeguarding within their own organisations and the wider community.
WSAB reports to Warrington health and wellbeing board. The Health and wellbeing board is a multi agency Board that coordinates health and social care matters across the borough. The annual report is also scrutinised by the council's scrutiny committee which has an important role in improving local services and holding decision makers to account in areas which are important to the local community.
Internal and external governance arrangements for the Warrington safeguarding adults board are:
The WSAB has a priority to ensure that we have the right people with the right skills in the local area.
The board is keen to identify the training needs of professionals which will help us to plan for a multi-agency training offer.
We're currently in the process of mapping this information out and expect to post a Training Strategy here soon.
We're also building a repository of topic specific information to support professionals to respond to emerging issues in safeguarding.
We'll update this page regularly with training resources as and when they become available.
If you can't find something that you need please email safeguarding partnerships and we'll try our best to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
On this page you can access a wide range of free or low cost e-learning and resources designed to support work to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults.
On completion of a course, practitioners should notify their agency training representative to ensure that e-learning is captured on their training record.
Please note: Warrington Safeguarding Partnership/Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board is not responsible for the content of external websites.
The Open University offers free online courses on their website www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses on a range of subjects, including:
Future Learn offers a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and cultural institutions around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. Find out more on their website www.futurelearn.com – some examples of recent courses:
Child and adolescent mental health - MindEd E learning: