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.
Safeguarding children and young people at risk of abuse or neglect is a priority for all agencies in Northumberland. Some vulnerable children and young people may be particularly at risk, due to isolation, increased use of technology, domestic abuse, and other forms of abuse. It is important that everyone is aware of these risks and knows how to reduce or report them.
Onecall brings together adult social care and healthcare staff from the NHS Foundation Trust with Northumberland County Council staff from children’s services, and partners in Northumbria Police. Our priority is providing help at the earliest opportunity before the situation becomes more serious.
If you need medical advice and support fast, but it's not life threatening, call your GP or NHS 111.
You should always call 999 in an emergency - for example, when someone's life is at risk, or someone is seriously injured or critically ill.
Click here for more information about Onecall.
If you or a family member are self-isolating or shielding, it is important that you are aware of the increased risks at this time, and who you can contact for support:
If you are struggling and need support you can click here to contact Northumberland Communities Together (Telephone: 01670 620 015)
If you are not sure about an offer of help, do not answer the door; ask the person to leave their details and talk to someone you trust
'Tricky Friends' is a short animation originally developed by Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board. The aim is to help people with learning disabilities, and also children and young adults, understand what good friendships are, when they might be harmful, and what they can do.
This can be used by carers, family, professionals and organisations, to raise awareness and help keep them safer while enjoying relationships.
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, Senior Manager Safeguarding Adults.
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.
Please see our 7 minute guide to Safeguarding Adult Reviews.
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 for the North East SAR Quality Marker checklist and guidance.
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.
Local policies, procedures and working practice information for professionals:
Child to Parent Violence and Abuse Pathway
Exploitation Strategy - Northumberland - 2020-2023
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
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol (November 2020)
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol Appendix 3 - Herbert Protocol form
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol Appendix 4 - Winnie Protocol form
Information guide: adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA)
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Briefing
Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Guidance
Northumbria Police Partnership Intelligence form
Northumbria Police Submitting Intelligence Briefing (27.03.19)
Northumberland Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation Concept of Operations
Northumberland Prevent Pathway
Northumberland Prevent Referral form
Northumberland Safeguarding Transitions Protocol
Briefings and 7 minute guides:
Child to Parent Violence and Abuse 7 minute briefing
Newcastle JSCR 7 minute guide
Professional Curiosity 7 minute briefing
National reports of interest
Pressure Ulcers and the Interface with a Safeguarding Enquiry (DHSC)
Alcohol UK (July 2019) - Learning from tragedies: an analysis of alcohol-related Safeguarding Adult Reviews published in 2017
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)
Northumberland as a county is joining in a nationwide conversation to raise awareness on safeguarding adults as part of National Safeguarding Adults week.
National Safeguarding Adults week which takes place from Monday 15 November until Sunday 21 November aims to remind people of the vital role, they play in helping prevent abuse by spotting the signs, and the actions that should be taken if they are concerned about someone.
This year’s theme is ‘Creating Safer Cultures’ - promoting safer cultures is all about how organisations and individuals can take steps to minimise harm occurring in the first instance, whilst simultaneously ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place so that safeguarding concerns that are raised, are recognised and responded to effectively.
You can find out more about the week, safeguarding and the support available by clicking here.
Partners and organisations can also find a range of resources and information in our Resource pack to support raising awareness and promoting Safeguarding Adults key messages.
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