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Safeguarding

Safeguarding is about protecting children, young people and adults at risk from abuse or neglect. We hope this website provides you with plenty of information, guidance and help.

Who does Adult Safeguarding apply to?

Safeguarding means protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about making people aware of their rights, protecting them and preventing or stopping abuse. We need to encourage people to report any suspected adult abuse, whether it happened recently, or not.

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Types of Abuse

Abuse is not normal and never ok. Being abused means a person is being deliberately hurt by someone else.

It can vary from the seemingly trivial act of not treating someone with dignity and respect - to extreme punishment, cruelty or torture.

The commonly recognised forms of abuse are Physical, Sexual, Financial, Psychological, Discriminatory, Neglect or acts of omission, Organisational, Self Neglect, Domestic Abuse and Modern Slavery.

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs)

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) provide protection for people who are in hospitals or care homes and are deprived of their liberty for the purpose of providing treatment or care, but lack capacity to consent to these arrangements; these could include people with dementia and those with severe learning disability.

Deprivation of liberty is likely to occur when the person is not allowed to leave; the person has little or no choice about their life within the care home or hospital; the person is prevented from maintaining contact with the world outside.

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Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 governs decision-making on behalf of adults where they lose mental capacity at some point in their lives or where the incapacitating condition has been present since birth. The Act received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005 and was implemented in full from 1st October 2007.

If you have further questions about the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in Dudley, please email anne.harris@dudley.gov.uk, Head of Service for Safeguarding Adults

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Policies and Procedures

The Safeguarding Adults Multi-agency Policy and Procedures for the West Midlands has been launched across the region to ensure that when abuse takes place it is dealt with swiftly and effectively in ways which are proportionate to the issues; and where the Adult in need of protection stays as much in control of the decision-making as is possible.

The policy and procedures set out here are designed to explain simply and clearly how agencies and individuals should work together to protect adults at risk.

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Social networking services and social media

These guidelines have been developed for organisations considering the use of social media.

For member organisations of Dudley Adults Safeguarding Board, this guidance should provide the framework for any safeguarding elements of internal policy and / or guidance.

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Local Guidance

Throughout the West Midlands Procedures it refers to Local Guidance. Local Guidance shows the pathways that referrals take within Dudley and gives the Local Guidance for Dudley referred to in the process in alphabetical order.

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Learning and development (training)

Dudley Adult Safeguarding Board has developed a Training Strategy for 2018-19. You can find a copy here:

Safeguarding Training Strategy 2018-19

There is a suggested Competency Framework for staff which will help to identify competencies required for staff in various roles. This is aligned to the staff levels contained within the Safeguarding Training Strategy (page 3).

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Leaflets

Click on the link below to view a selection of leaflets related to safeguarding adults.

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