This page contains an overview of the terms ‘safeguarding’ and ‘adults at risk'. It also contains information on how and when to report a case and how to do it.
If you require any general advice or more information please contact:
Safeguarding Adults Team
01670 622 683 (team administrator)
Please note that this is for general advice only.
If you are concerned that someone is at risk of, or experiencing, abuse or neglect please contact Onecall.
If your query relates to the Safeguarding Adults Board please contact Karen Wright, Strategic Safeguarding Manager.
The Care Act 2014 stipulates that Safeguarding Adult Boards must publish a strategic plan and annual report.
The SAB has produced an Annual report which provides an overview of its work and achievements over the last year.
Click here to view the latest Annual Report.
The SAB has also produced a strategic plan which explains how its vision and priorities will be delivered over the next year.
Click here to view the latest Strategic Plan.
The SAB has an Information Sharing Agreement in place to ensure that information is shared safely, securely and appropriately for the purposes of safeguarding adults at risk. Please click here to view the Northumberland and North Tyneside Information Sharing Agreement document.
Safeguarding adults practice can be improved by identifying what is helping and what is hindering safeguarding work, in order to tackle barriers to good practice, and protect adults from harm.
Section 44 of the Care Act 2014 places a duty on local Safeguarding Adults Boards to arrange a SAR:
When an adult, with needs for care and support, (whether or not the local authority was meeting any of those needs) in its area dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult
If an adult in its area has not died, but the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult
The purpose of a SAR is to promote effective learning and improvement action to prevent future deaths or serious harm occurring again. This may be where a case can provide useful insights into the way organisations are working together to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect of adults.
There may be circumstances where the SAR criteria have not been fully met but it is felt that a review of the case would be beneficial. SAR's and Learning Reviews can also be used to explore examples of good practice where it is likely that lessons can be applied to future cases. These are decisions made by the Safeguarding Adults Review Committee.
The Safeguarding Adults Review Committee considers all referrals for SARs. The group makes recommendations to the Safeguarding Adults Board on whether a SAR should be held, or if other actions should be taken to respond to the issues identified. Any agency can make a referral to the Safeguarding Adults Review Committee.
For further information regarding SARs please click here to view the North of Tyne Safeguarding Adult Review Policy and Procedure 2018 (Updated 2020)
Please click here to make a referral to the Safeguarding Adults Review Committee.
Please click here to make a referral for a case discussion or sharing of learning/intelligence.
SAR findings and recommendations are reported to the SAB and action plans are produced. The SAB then monitors the implementation of these plans, supported by the Safeguarding Adults Review Committee. The SAR report is then published, which is agreed with the family members or appropriate others.
Safeguarding Adult Review Reports:
In November 2019 the North Tyneside and Northumberland SAB published a Safeguarding Adults Review in relation to Leanne Patterson from Blyth. Click here to view the report and accompanying statement.
In December 2018 the North Tyneside and Northumberland SAB published a Safeguarding Adult Review in relation to Adult W. Click here to view the report and accompanying statement.
In 2012 Northumberland SAB published a Safeguarding Adults Review in relation to Adult H.
As we now move into a new phase of the response to the pandemic, there has been much discussion about the possible increase in adult safeguarding concerns that may come to partners’ attention. It is suspected there may be many potential cases from the pandemic where a person has died which will give the SAB critical learning to help improve adult safeguarding.
The position statement sets out how, to enable the best learning possible and to avoid duplication in relation to COVID-19 related SAR referrals, the SAB will meet its statutory duty to conduct a SAR for cases where the criteria is met.
PLEASE NOTE: the Safeguarding Adults Board is the only body that can commission a Safeguarding Adult Review. A SAR is a multi-agency process which seeks to determine what relevant agencies and individuals involved could have done differently that could have prevented harm or a death from taking place. The purpose of a SAR is to promote effective learning and improvement to improve services and prevent abuse and neglect in the future. It is NOT to apportion blame.
Click here to see the Position Statement
All stakeholders and partners are asked to share this statement with their staff, contacts and networks.
Policies, procedures and working practice information for professionals:
Information guide: adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA)
Female Genital Mutilation procedure
Northumberland 10 Steps procedures
NSAB Safeguarding Adults Risk Threshold Tool
North of Tyne Modern Day Slavery guidance
North of Tyne Safeguarding Adults Review Policy and Procedures
North of Tyne Self-Neglect guidance
North of Tyne Organisational Abuse Enquiries guidance
North Tyneside and Northumberand Joint Safeguarding Policy
Northumberland Prevent Process pathway
Prevent referral form
Newcastle JSCR 7 minute guide
Northumbria Police Submitting Intelligence Briefing (27.03.19)
Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Guidance
To make a referral to MARAC, please contact your Agency's designated MARAC lead. If you are not aware of who your MARAC lead is, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub via OneCall.
If you require further information or advice contact:
Northumberland & North Tyneside Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Coordinator
Tel: 01670 622 724
For more information, please refer to:
Risk Indicator Checklist
NCC Domestic Abuse Process flowchart
Northumberland Domestic Violence and Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy 2018 - 2021
Northumberland MARAC Protocol 2019
The single point of contact for Adult Social Care MARAC referrals is:
Safeguarding Adults Team
Tel: 01670 622 683 (team administrator)
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