Safeguarding adults

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.

The latest advice and information around safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This information was last updated 9 July 2021 

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. 

Please continue to report any concerns about a vulnerable adult or a child who is at risk of neglect or abuse in Northumberland by using the following contact details:
If you are worried about a child or adult's immediate welfare, who lives in Northumberland, contact our Onecall service on 01670 536 400

What is Onecall?

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.

When do I use Onecall?

Onecall aims to help the most vulnerable people to keep safe and well 24 -7.
For example, if you need help with:
  • Living safely and independently at home
  • Looking after someone who is ill or disabled
  • Caring for a child or young person
  • Family support, if you are concerned about a child or young person
  • Reporting abuse or neglect of a child or adult
  • Finding alternatives it you can't live at home
  • Recovering from an illness or injury at home 

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. 

What happens if I contact Onecall?

When you first contact Onecall, we will work with you to direct your call to the right person. Depending on your query we might need to gather more information about what’s wrong before we can direct you to someone who can help you.
Our experienced team includes social workers, district nurses, therapists, early help workers, or specialists in mental health, telecare or home improvement depending on the nature of the enquiry.

Click here for more information about Onecall.

Professionals should continue to report safeguarding adults concerns in the usual way by completing the Safeguarding Adults Enquiry Form.
You should always call 999 in an emergency.

Please see leaflet below for further information - Safeguarding is Everyone's Business

Information for those self isolating or shielding

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: 

Domestic Abuse support and advice

It is recognised that this is a time of increased risk for those living with domestic abuse. There are a range of national and local services and support available:

Other useful websites

Please click on the drop down boxes below to find out about how to be mindful of coronavirus scams and information for volunteers.

National Trading Standards and Friends Against Scams have highlighted a number of scams they are currently aware of. They warn that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post of online:
  • Be aware of people offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus – there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.
  • People impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for coronavirus – this is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy. People impersonating other professionals such as Social Workers, charity workers etc.
  • Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus and they are just after your personal and bank details.
  • There are lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money.
  • There are new mobile phone applications that claim to give you updates on the virus but instead, they lock your phone and demand a ransom.
  • Your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone.
  • People offering to do your shopping or collecting medication and asking for money upfront and then disappearing.
Tips to avoid being scammed:
  • Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
  • Take your time; don’t be rushed.
  • If someone claims to represent a charity or other organisations, ask them for ID, and contact their office to check their identity. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.
  • If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as or websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don’t click on links in emails.
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger.
The National Trading Standards Team and Friends Against Scams have produced a poster “Wash your hands of Coronavirus Scams!” which contains some useful guidance.

Northumbria Police have also produced a "Stop! Think Fraud" leaflet.
Further information can be found on the following websites:
The role of volunteers is crucial at the present time, not only in supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities, but also in recognising and reporting any concerns. 
It is important to be aware that some people are at increased risk of abuse or neglect at this time, and some vulnerable people may be exploited by others.
Where possible volunteers should offer their help or support via local or national co-ordinated schemes such as Northumberland Communities Together  (01670 620015) or NHS Volunteers Responders.
If you are a volunteer, or an organisation supporting volunteers, it is important that you are aware of some of the key messages about safeguarding adults and how to report concerns. Please see below some useful resources:
Waltham Forest have produced and shared a short video to support and train volunteers in relation to safeguarding adults and children. The video is available below and on Youtube – The key message for volunteers is for them to report any concerns to their single point of contact, or report directly to Adult Social Care using the contact details above.
How to report a concern about a vulnerable adult who is at risk of neglect or abuse in Northumberland.

If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult who is at risk of neglect or abuse in Northumberland contact: 

Onecall:  01670 536 400
Text phone: 01670 536 844

Safeguarding Adult referrals should be made using the Safeguarding Adults Enquiry Form.
If you need medical advice and support immediately, 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.

For Adult Social Care staff:
If you are a member of Adult Social Care staff and want to report a concern. Please complete a Request for a decision form, and submit to the Safeguarding Triage team.

To report a crime:

In an emergency, contact the police, tel: 999

If the person is not in immediate danger, contact the police, tel: 101

To find out more information about safeguarding children please see:

Northumberland Safeguarding Children website 
Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board Procedures

You can find out more about what is abuse and how to speak up about abuse in the Easy Read booklets below:
Keeping Safe from Abuse - What is Abuse (Easy Read)
Keeping Safe from Abuse - Speaking up about Abuse (Easy Read)

The Just Say app is for young people aged 16- 25 living in Northumberland. It’s a great way to find out about local services and support to improve your wellbeing.

Just Say app offers information, advice and activities you can do to help you be healthier, happier, more independent and feel safe.

Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, or where to go for support and how to make changes that matter to you. If you are worried it helps you to get the right support, first time, from a range of services nearby 24/7.

The Just Say app is now available to 16-25 year olds, helping young people of Northumberland find their way to be happy, healthy, safe and independent. It is available to download on the Apple App store and Google Play 

Tricky Friends

'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.

Here you will find information about safeguarding adults at risk, how and when to report a case of abuse and how to do it.

  • For further information about the safeguarding adults board, please click here.
  • For further information for professionals, click here.
Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect. At the same time it is essential that we make sure the person’s views, wishes, feelings and beliefs are a key part of deciding on any action.

From 1 April 2015 Safeguarding Adults is underpinned by The Care Act 2014. This calls for effective multi agency working to ensure that adults at risk of harm are safeguarded within our communities.

An adult at risk is defined by The Care Act 2014 as a person who:
  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect 
  • and as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.

Abuse and Neglect

The Care Act 2014 identifies the following categories of abuse and neglect that should be included within Safeguarding Adult policy and procedures.

Abuse may be a single act or repeated acts of suspected, disclosed or witnessed abuse or neglect.

It may be:
  • Physical abuse, including hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication, restraint, or inappropriate sanctions.
  • Sexual abuse, including rape and sexual assault or sexual exploitation or acts to which the vulnerable adult has not consented, or could not consent or was pressured into consenting.
  • Psychological abuse, including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks.
  • Financial or material abuse, including theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefit.
  • Neglect and acts of omission, including ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
  • Discriminatory abuse, including forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexua orientation or religion.
  • Organisational abuse, including everything from individual acts of very poor professional practice to pervasive ill treatment, gross misconduct and systemic failure across a service.
  • Domestic abuse, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse and “honour” based violence.
  • Modern day slavery, encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.
  • Self-neglect, this covers a wide range of behaviours, including neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviours such as hoarding.
  • Radicalisation, the abusive process whereby adults with care and support needs are radicalised.
Abuse can happen anywhere - in a person's own home, a public place, care homes, hospitals, day centres or in the community. Anyone can neglect or abuse - family members, friends, neighbours, social workers, health staff, carers, volunteers and strangers. Stopping abuse or neglect is everyone’s responsibility and anyone can raise a concern.

If you or someone you know is being abused or neglected please report 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, Senior Manager Safeguarding Adults.


We are a board made up of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent organisations.

The vision of North Tyneside and Northumberland Safeguarding Adults Board is to promote the individual’s human rights, their capacity for independence, ensuring each person is treated with dignity and respect and able to enjoy a sustained quality of life and improved wellbeing. That at all times they are afforded protection from abuse, neglect, discrimination or poor treatment and that their carers whether paid or unpaid, are safe.
As no single agency can act in isolation all constituent members of the Safeguarding Adults Board recognise the need for and give a commitment to work in partnership and collaboration, to ensure positive outcomes in the welfare and protection of all citizens at risk of harm from abuse.

In addition we agree to adhere to the Care Act principles which underpin all adult safeguarding work:

Empowerment – People are supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and their decisions are based on informed consent.
Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs.
Proportionality – The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need.
Partnership – Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
Accountability - Accountability and transparency in delivering Safeguarding
On 1 April 2015 Safeguarding Adults Boards became statutory.
Click here to view the Care and Support Statutory Guidance.

The Northumberland and North Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency partnership that leads  the strategic development of safeguarding adult’s work across both areas.

The main objective of the Safeguarding Adults Board is to improve local safeguarding arrangements to ensure partners act to help and protect adults experiencing, or at risk of neglect and abuse.

It does this by: 
  • Assuring itself that local safeguarding arrangements are in place as defined by the Care Act 2014 and statutory guidance
  • Assuring itself that safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome-focused
  • Working collaboratively to prevent abuse and neglect where possible
  • Ensuring agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred
  • Assuring itself that safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in its area
  • Raising awareness within the wider community of the need to safeguarding adults at risk and promote their welfare
In accordance with the Care Act 2014, the SAB has three core duties:
  • Develop and publish a strategic plan setting out how they will meet their objectives and how their member partner agencies will contribute
  • Publish an annual report detailing how effective their work has been
  • Commission Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) for any cases which meet the criteria for these
Since December 2016 we have been a joint Board with North Tyneside, and cover both geographical areas. North Tyneside and Northumberland Safeguarding Adults Board is made up of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent organisations.  It includes those organisations that have statutory responsibilities for promoting the welfare of adults and protecting adults at risk of abuse and neglect.

The SAB has an Independent Chairperson, and is supported by a number of sub-groups that contribute to the work of the Board:
  • Performance sub group
  • Workforce Learning and Development Group
  • Safeguarding Adults Review Committee
  • Sexual Exploitation sub-groups
Three of the sub-groups are joint between Northumberland and North Tyneside and have representation from both areas.  Sexual Exploitation sub-groups remain separate, with Northumberland and North Tyneside each having a group consisting of members from their respective Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and Community Safety Partnerships.
The SAB reports to the Overview Scrutiny Committees and also shares their annual report with the Health and Wellbeing strategic boards at North Tyneside and Northumberland.

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.  

Annual Reports


Strategic Plans


SAB Documents

If you have any enquiries relating to the SAB please contact: 

Karen Wright - Strategic Safeguarding Manager
Tel: 01670 622 672 (direct line)
01670 622 683 (team administrator)

Please note that this is for further information about the Safeguarding Adults Board only. If you are concerned that someone is at risk of, or experiencing, abuse or neglect please contact Onecall.
To find out more about safeguarding adults in North Tyneside or if you wish to report any concerns about residents of North Tyneside please see:

North Tyneside Safeguarding Adults

If you want to find out more about safeguarding and social care services and support for residents of North Tyneside please see:

My Care North Tyneside

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:

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.

SAR referrals

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 reports 

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


Covid-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review referrals Position Statement:

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. 

The following documents have been produced to assist professionals undertaking safeguarding adults work.

The North Tyneside and Northumberland Joint Safeguarding Policy provides an overarching framework for Safeguarding Adults, and sets out the course of action we should take to protect people at risk of harm from abuse.

Click here to view the North Tyneside and Northumberland Joint Safeguarding Policy.

Professionals should refer to the multi-agency safeguarding procedures and staff guidance to inform their actions when there is a concern about abuse or neglect.

Guidance for staff working in Northumberland can be found in the Northumberland 10 Step procedures.

Click here to view the Northumberland 10 Step Procedure (updated October 2018).

Professionals may also consult the NSAB Safeguarding Adults Risk Threshold Tool to inform their decision making.

Click here to view the NSAB Safeguarding Adults Risk Threshold Tool.

Further practice guidance (Please add link to Practice guidance section below) is also available to assist professionals in using the multi-agency policy and procedures.

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
Cuckooing briefing
Language briefing
Newcastle JSCR 7 minute guide
Professional Curiosity 7 minute briefing
Self-neglect 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 find out more information on how to help if you believe someone you know is the victim of domestic abuse please see the Domestic Abuse website

MARAC - Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference

A MARAC is a meeting where information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors.

A victim should be referred to the relevant MARAC if they are an adult (16+) who resides in the borough and are at high risk of domestic violence from their adult (16+) partner, ex-partner or family member, regardless of gender or sexuality.  

After sharing all relevant information they have about a victim, the representatives construct a joint risk management plan that provides professional support to all those at risk and that reduces the risk of harm.

The aim of the MARAC is to manage the risk to the adult victim but in doing this it will also consider other family members including any children involved and managing the behaviour of the perpetrator.  Information shared at the MARAC is confidential and is only used for the purpose of reducing the risk of harm to those at risk. 
At the heart of a MARAC is the working assumption that no single agency or individual can see the complete picture of the life of a victim, but all may have insights, knowledge and expertise that are crucial to their safety.

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:
Lesley Pyle
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)

The Northumberland and North Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board Workforce Development subgroup oversee the implementation and delivery of a multi-agency  Safeguarding Adults Training programme.

In Northumberland a range of Safeguarding Adults training courses are delivered on  a multi-agency basis.

For further information and to book a place on Safeguarding Adults training please contact:

For Northumberland County Council and Private/Independent Sector staff:
Tel: 01670 624803

For Northumbria Healthcare staff:
Tel: 0191 2031415

For advice about Safeguarding Adults training please contact:
Leigh Waller
Tel: 01670 629041

Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 applies to everyone involved in the care, treatment and support of people aged 16 and over living in England and Wales who are unable to make all or some decisions for themselves. The MCA is designed to protect and restore power to those vulnerable people who lack capacity. 

The MCA provides the legal framework for making decisions on behalf of people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions themselves. 

For further information please the Mental Capacity Fact sheet 

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards apply to vulnerable people in England and Wales, aged 18 or over, who have mental health needs (this includes dementia), who are in hospitals and care homes, and who do not have the mental capacity (ability) to make decisions about their care or treatment. 

If they lack capacity (or are unable) to make these decisions then the law allows decisions to be made in their best interests. To meet the requirements for an assessment under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards the following criteria must be met: 

1. The person MUST lack capacity to consent to their care or treatment in the care home, hospital or other supported living arrangement. 

2. The person is not free to leave. That means the person is not free to live where they want or with who they want. 

3. The person is under continuous supervision and control. For example: Do staff always need to be aware of where the person is, who they are with and make checks and take action if there is any doubt about this? 

If the above criteria is met, the Local Authority will undertake an assessment. This will be carried out by a Best Interests Assessor and a Specialist Doctor, and will involve speaking to family or friends, or appointing an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate. The assessment will decide how long the authorisation will last (maximum 12 months), and when it will need to re-assessed. The person will be provided with a representative during the period of authorisation, and has the right to challenge through the Court of Protection.

If the above criteria are met and the person is being deprived of their liberty in any other living accommodation, then the Local Authority may need to apply to the Court of Protection to seek their authorisation. If so, then we would need to consult with the person, their carers, relatives and representatives. 

For further advice or information please contact:
DoLS team
Tel: 01670 629 700

National Safeguarding week

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.