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.
'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:
Click here to view the latest Annual Report.
Click here to view the latest Strategic Plan
Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) are a statutory requirement for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs)
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:
The purpose of a SAR is to learn lessons and make improvements rather than to blame individual people or organisations. 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. This multi-agency 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 Quality Markers:
Please click here for the North East SAR Quality Marker checklist and guidance.
Please click here for the National SAR Quality Markers guidance.
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.
Northumberland Safeguarding Adult Review Reports:
In November 2019 the North Tyneside and Northumberland SAB published a Safeguarding Adults Review in relation to Leanne Patterson. 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.
Please click here to access the National SAR library.
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
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 Adults Falls Policy
Northumberland Safeguarding Transitions Protocol
Briefings and 7 minute briefings:
CARE (Caring about Adversity, Resilience and Empowerment) 7 minute briefing
Child to Parent Violence and Abuse 7 minute briefing
Discriminatory abuse/Hate/Mate crime
Newcastle JSCR 7 minute guide
Making Safeguarding Personal 7 minute briefing
Professional Curiosity 7 minute briefing
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol:
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol (February 2022)
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol Appendix 2 - Return Home Interview schedule
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol Appendix 3 - Herbert Protocol form
Northumbria Missing Adults Protocol Appendix 4 - Winnie Protocol form
Regional 7 x 7 Self-Neglect 7 minute briefings:
Self-Neglect 7 minute briefing - Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Self-Neglect 7 minute briefing - Engagement
Self-Neglect 7 minute briefing - Hoarding
Self-Neglect 7 minute briefing - Homelessness
Self-Neglect 7 minute briefing - Overview
Self-Neglect 7 minute briefing - Self-care
Self-Neglect 7 minute briefing - Trauma
National reports of interest
Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness: A briefing on positive practice
Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness: Experience-informed practice
Alcohol Change UK (July 2019) - Learning from tragedies: an analysis of alcohol-related Safeguarding Adult Reviews published in 2017
Alcohol Change UK (December 2020) - Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers
Alcohol Change UK (September 2021) - How to use legal powers to safeguard highly vulnerable dependent drinkers
LGA/ADASS Safeguarding Resources
Pressure Ulcers and the Interface with a Safeguarding Enquiry (DHSC)
Safeguarding adults in care homes NICE guidance
Making decisions on the duty to carry out safeguarding enquiries
Understanding what constitutes a safeguarding concern
Scamwise: spotting, avoiding and reporting scams (Independent Age)
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.
RIC Indicator Checklist
MARAC referral form
If you require further information or advice contact:
Northumberland & North Tyneside Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Coordinator
Tel: 01670 622 724
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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