Safeguarding Adults

 Multi Agency Safeguarding Adults Learning and Development Programme



‘Making Safeguarding Everybody’s Business’

Welcome to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Learning and Development Programme produced by the Sub Group of Walsall Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB). 

The programme ensures there is a multi-agency approach to safeguarding across the borough, whilst recognising the importance of single-agency training where appropriate. The purpose of multi-agency learning is to achieve better outcomes for adults with care and support needs in Walsall by fostering a shared responsibility of the tasks, processes, principles, roles and responsibilities outlined in national guidance and local arrangements for safeguarding adults.

The programme provides a valuable opportunity for staff across all agencies in the borough of Walsall to come together and share their knowledge, expertise and good practice in a stimulating learning environment.  It also provides an opportunity to reflect on current practice and ensure you have appropriate policies and procedures to monitor and measure staff performance within this area. 

Outcome focused adult safeguarding in a Statutory Setting (it’s not business as usual)

The introduction of the Care Act 2014 and Making Safeguarding Personal 2014 will transform the way in which Local Authorities and other key statutory respond to safeguarding adults concerns.  In light of this change a series of briefing sessions were delivered to inform and start the debate on:

  • The Local Authorities safeguarding duties under the Care Act 2014    
  • How do we effectively embed a personalised safeguarding response that is connected to social work practice The safeguarding adults customer journey
  • Changes to local policies and procedure
  • Development of local tool kits to embed the new culture.

Please use the briefing materials as part of the induction process and staff briefings and bespoke this to incorporate any safeguarding information relevant to your organisation.

Subsequently a new Learning and Development Programme and Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults have been implemented. 

Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults
The safeguarding adults learning and development programme and the competency framework seek to develop and demonstrate the competency of staff in delivering services that safeguard adults with care and support needs.  The competency framework has been developed to reflect the statutory duties within the Care Act 2014 and the culture and practice changes that are required by Making Safeguarding Personal.   See Framework.

To be competent an individual must have sufficient knowledge, judgement, skills, experience and motivation to carry out duties relevant to their role and position within the organisation.  There is an expectation that a regular supervision and appraisal by managers will ascertain that the knowledge gained has been retained and that relevant practice evidences competency. Assessment of competency will be via each organisation’s performance management process.

New safeguarding learning and development opportunities will be updated on this site as they arise so please visit regularly.

The safeguarding programme will: 

  • reflect that the welfare of adults with care and support needs are paramount;
  • encompass anti-oppressive practice and challenge discrimination;
  • validate inter-agency working and reach a wide inter-agency audience;
  • relate clearly to legislation, local policy and procedures;
  • be up to date and rooted in best practice;
  • take account of individual learning styles;
  • be responsive to local needs and subject to evaluation and review.

 For Current Learning Opportunities see our safeguarding training programme, or training pages for face to face learning and our E-learning pages for E-training

Update : Please visit the DoLS page for information on the latest High Court ruling.

Walsall Safeguarding Children's Board also offer courses that are relevant to certain job roles:

Modern Slavery - From 1 November 2015, specified public authorities have a duty to notify the Home Office of any individual encountered in England and Wales who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. It is estimated that there were 10,000-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013, but only 1,746 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in the same period. In 2015, this figure rose to 3,266 potential victims. The ‘duty to notify’ provision is set out in Section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Duty of notice poster
Modern Slavery final briefing notes
Fact Sheet- Duty to notify

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