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Strategic plan

City of York Safeguarding Adults Board helps the city work together to raise awareness and prevent abuse. We believe that safeguarding is everybody’s business and abuse should not be tolerated. We aim to safeguard the rights of adults at risk and enable access to justice.

Who we are

The Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is a multi-agency partnership which has statutory functions under the Care Act 2014. The focus of the SAB is to ensure that in the City of York safeguarding arrangements work effectively so that adults at risk are able to live their lives free from abuse or neglect.

An adult at risk is a person aged 18 or over who has needs for care and support and as a result of those needs is unable to protect themselves.

Our Strategic statement – what we plan to do

We will work together with partner organisations and people in our communities so that adults can live the best lives they can with their rights and wellbeing being supported, safe from abuse and neglect.

Our work will follow the six safeguarding principles: Empowerment; Protection; Proportionality; Prevention; Partnership and Accountability.

How are we going to do this?

We are going to work on four objectives of equal importance, which will be our priorities. We will continue to work with our partners to make sure these priorities are achieved by 2022.

How will we know if we have achieved our priorities?

We will measure our progress and achievements through a new Delivery Plan which will be updated every three months and available on the website.

How we will work

  • Board with Independent Chair
  • Lessons Learned Review Group
  • Delivery Group
  • Task and Finish groups (working groups)

Key Objectives

We will improve safeguarding processes so that they are centred on the individual and their desired outcomes.

We will do this through:

  1. audits to ensure MSP is embedded completed and acted upon
  2. healthwatch interviews and feedback from adults who have been through safeguarding

The outcomes of audits and feedback and the resulting actions will be reported to the SAB, quarterly. The Quality and Performance sub group will lead on this work.

We will know that we have made a different as future audits will show if adults going through the safeguarding journey have been listened to and have choice and control.

Organisations will raise the awareness of people with care and support needs about potential risk situations and how to develop strategies to avoid or reduce risks and will report and act on safeguarding concerns.

This will be completed in 3 ways:

  1. we will undertake Initiatives to raise awareness
  2. share good practice that reduces risk
  3. develop effective person centred interventions

Planned awareness work will be completed and evaluated. Shared good practice resource will be in place. Our workforce will have up to date training.

Following raising awareness, we will ask people if they feel more confident about safeguarding. We will evaluate the training we do with our workforce. This will demonstrate the differences we’ve made for developing strategies to avoid or reduce risks for people will care or support needs.

We will work to ensure that our communities have the knowledge, capacity and ability to support people to be safe.

This will be achieved by:

  1. reviewing the SAB Communication Strategy, this will include a re-vamp of website for example, information, examples of good practice
  2. Safeguarding Week activities
  3. strengths-based approach

We will know that we have done this work as a new communication strategy will be in place and we will be delivering on its actions. We will have worked with communities about safeguarding adults at risk.

We will seek feedback about our website and from public events in safeguarding week. This feedback will show the areas in which we have made improvements. We will then act on feedback from communities about people feeling safe.

We will ensure that our safeguarding processes are effective, proportionate comprehensive and accessible.

To do this we will:

  1. conduct an audit of demographic of people undergoing safeguarding processes
  2. conduct audits of advocacy in safeguarding
  3. develop clear protocols and pathways around modern slavery

We will know that these actions have taken placed as clear protocol lead multi-agency action will be undertaken to tackle modern slavery. Learning from audits will have been acted on.

We can illustrate that we have made a different as we will report performance information with indicates the effectiveness and accessibility of our processes. As a result of Healthwatch feedback we will have acted on the experience of adults at risk of the process.