Safeguarding Adults Board

What is the Safeguarding Adults Board?

The aim of the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board is to ensure effective coordination of services to safeguard and promote the welfare of local adults who may be at risk of abuse and harm within North Lincolnshire.

The Board aims to promote awareness and understanding of abuse and neglect among service users, carers, professionals, care providers and the wider community and works to generate community interest and engagement to ensure that Safeguarding is “Everyone’s Business”.

The three core duties of the Board are to:

  • Publish an annual strategic report
  • Publish an annual report
  • Conduct any safeguarding adult reviews

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The North Lincolnshire Area Adult Protection Committee (AAPC) was replaced in 2008 by the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board (NLSAB).

North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board Strategic Plan 2016-19

The Strategic Plan [PDF, 265Kb] lays out our shared goals and vision over the next three years. It covers how the Board will focus on the prevention of abuse and neglect as well as making sure that organisations work together to keep people safe when abuse has occurred; giving people choice, control and involvement. It emphasises our focus on the underlying principles of ‘making safeguarding personal’.

Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure

The Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures 2017-2019 [PDF, 1Mb] is a multi-agency document endorsed by the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report

The SAB Annual Report [PDF, 7Mb] outlines the activities the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board has undertaken to fulfil its statutory responsibilities for the strategic development and oversight of adult safeguarding across North Lincolnshire. The Report highlights the Board’s progress and achievement in delivering the priorities and objectives identified in the Strategic Plan.

The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty (MCA DOL) safeguards aims to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves due to a learning disability or a mental health condition, for example Alzheimer’s disease, or for any other reason. It provides clear guidelines for carers and professionals about who can take decisions in which situations.

The MCA DOL safeguards were introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 through the Mental Health Act 2007.

The MCA DOL safeguards apply to anyone aged 18 and over who:

  • suffers from a mental disorder or disability of the mind – such as dementia or a profound learning disability
  • lacks the capacity to give informed consent to the arrangements made for their care or treatment
  • deprivation of liberty (within the meaning of Article 5 of the ECHR) is considered after an independent assessment to be necessary in their best interests to protect them from harm

The safeguards cover patients in hospitals, and people in care homes registered under the Care Standards Act 2000, whether placed under public or private arrangements.

The safeguards are designed to protect the interests of an extremely vulnerable group of service users and to:

  • ensure people can be given the care they need in the least restrictive regimes
  • prevent arbitrary decisions that deprive vulnerable people of their liberty
  • provide safeguards for vulnerable people
  • provide them with rights of challenge against unlawful detention
  • avoid unnecessary bureaucracy

This guidance for primary care trusts, local authorities, hospitals and care homes will support health and social care providers understand and fulfil their statutory obligations under the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS).

The Safeguarding Adults Provider Pledge [PDF, 239Kb] was developed in early 2014 at the first North Lincolnshire Annual Provider Conference. Providers of care home and home care services came together to pledge to safeguard the vulnerable people they work with by keeping them at the heart of everything.

The pledge is underpinned by six safeguarding promises outlining how the providers will deliver on their pledge.

The pledge is a signed commitment between each provider and the Local Safeguarding Adults Board.

You can contact the Adult Protection Team at The Ironstone Centre, Scunthorpe.

01724 297000

You can contact the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board by: