11th April 2017

Multi-Agency Audits celebrate successes when ‘getting it right’

Every year the Safeguarding Adults Board undertakes two multi-agency audit cycles through its Quality and Performance subgroup, to identify how agencies are managing safeguarding cases and working together with other agencies to support Making Safeguarding Personal.

Our first audit of 2016-17 focussed on Making Safeguarding Personal and how the adult at the centre of the concern was supported.  The audit intended to tell those working closely with the adult what they wanted to change to stop the safeguarding concern happening again and how the followed the six key safeguarding principles of: empowerment; prevention; proportionality; protection; partnership and accountability.

Representatives from a number of agencies (including Sussex Police, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Healthwatch West Sussex) were in attendance to identify, from randomly selected cases, how the person’s outcomes were held at the centre of the safeguarding ‘enquiry’. One case highlighted how agencies had worked very closely with a woman who was identified as having a learning disability following a sexual assault from a male friend. The audit identified the positive and responsive work undertaken by the police, KSSCRC and other agencies to support the perpetrator (who also had a learning disability) around respectful relationships that would help safeguard him in future. The victim was offered and accepted ‘personal safety and healthy relationship’ training.

Our second multi-agency audit focussed on domestic abuse – one of the new categories of abuse identified in the Care Act. Representatives from Worth Services and the co-ordinator for the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences gave an overview of case information for each of the 11 cases audited.  These cases identified some positive frontline work being undertaken to support individuals at the centre of concerns, even when unable to state their desired outcomes.

As with all our multi-agency audits, systems improvements and other developments are always identified and fed back in to an action plan for supporting wider learning with all members of the Safeguarding Adults Board. This action plan will help to underpin and effect change throughout health and social care in West Sussex.

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