This learning framework incorporates national standards; supports local strategic aims and promotes the need for cultural change for agencies who support adults at risk. It applies to all organisations, professionals and staff in Somerset who do not work to the “Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff” Intercollegiate Document published by the Royal College of Nursing.

It is the responsibility of all organisations to ensure they have a skilled and competent workforce who are able to take on the roles and responsibilities required to protect adults at risk and ensure an appropriate response when adult abuse or neglect does occur.

At this current time, the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board does not provide single or multi-agency safeguarding training.

Social Care Institute for Excellence: e-learning 

Other resources

Real Safeguarding Stories is a video-based training resource for safeguarding professionals, developed and produced by Bradford Council and Collingwood Learning. All videos are free to play as part of safeguarding training and awareness activities.

Learning from serious cases

We have moved all our learning from serious cases so it is all in one place in our publications section

To support local organisations the SSAB has adopted an Organisational Adult Safeguarding Self Audit Tool to help it evaluate the effectiveness of internal safeguarding arrangements, and to identify and prioritise any areas in need of further development.

It is designed to support local organisations in their continuous improvement of adult safeguarding work.

It is not intended to publish the results of individual organisations or to use the information provided to compare organisations. Instead, areas of generic learning will be identified to inform the SSAB’s strategic development of safeguarding.  The tool is an important component of the SSAB’s Quality Assurance Framework.

SSAB partner organisations are required to complete the self-audit on an annual basis (every year, between August and October), and submit to the Quality Assurance subgroup for monitoring and assurance purposes.  For the 2018/19 self-audit the QA Subgroup established a new ‘peer challenge’ element to the process following the receipt of returned audits. This took a constructive approach to ensuring that the results were consistent, and that any variations in responses were understood.  It is intended that a similar process will be undertaken for the 2019/20 Self Audit.

Other agencies / bodies are also actively encouraged to complete the tool as part of benchmarking their current safeguarding arrangements.

Next Steps

  1. Download and complete the self-audit tool below
  2. Ensure you submit the completed audit to by no later than 11 October 2019 to enable the Quality Assurance subgroup to analyse and report on returns
  3. Consider the strengths and areas for development highlighted through the self-audit process, and take action to address identified issues

In a change to previous years we are trialling the template that is used by other Safeguarding Adults Boards within the Avon & Somerset Constabulary footprint this year, and would welcome any feedback on how this tool compares to that used in previous years.