Safeguarding adults declaration

The NHS has a key part to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults at risk. Individuals at risk of abuse or neglect may need co-ordinated help from a range of organisations including health, education, adult social care, Police and the voluntary sector. Within CPFT, adult safeguarding responsibilities include service users who are over the age of 18 who meet the Care Act grounds.

Section 42 of the Care Act 2014 requires that where a local authority has reasonable cause to suspect that an adult in its area (whether or not ordinarily resident there)—

(a) has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs),

(b) is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and

(c) as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.” (Care Act 2014 s42)

The local authority must make (or cause to be made) whatever enquiries it thinks necessary to enable it to decide whether any action should be taken in the adult’s case.

Under the agreement S75 NHS Act 2006 with the Local authorities, CPFT has accepted the delegated functions in relation to adult safeguarding. CPFT regularly reviews its arrangements against these requirements and is compliant with them.

Safer employment

CPFT has a clear process for ensuring that anyone working with adults who may be at risk has had a DBS check before they start work. Recruitment and selection training is mandatory for all appointing officers and Trust policy requires that references are checked before an offer of employment is made.

Policies and procedures

Staff practice with regard to safeguarding adults is guided by CPFT policy. This policy has been written in accordance with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board’s Multi-agency Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

Safeguarding Adults training

Staff should have an understanding of both their role and responsibilities, and those of other professionals and organisations. This is essential for effective multi-agency and inter-agency working. Safeguarding adults training is mandatory for all staff, regardless of role.

The Trust has a robust safeguarding adults training programme which includes training on Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity Act, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and PREVENT.

Training needs analysis will be mapped to National Intercollegiate Guidance (when published) and delivered via a range of training options. CPFT has a robust system in place for monitoring and ensuring compliance with training which is reported to the Board quarterly.

Safeguarding Adults team

CPFT employs a Head of Adult Safeguarding, a named nurse and 3 Advanced practitioners for adult safeguarding supported by 1.6 administration staff. These people are responsible for leading adult safeguarding within CPFT. This includes providing the organisation and staff with support/advice, safeguarding supervision and training. Board level representation is provided by the Executive Director of Nursing & Quality.

In order to fulfil its obligations under the S75 agreement, each team or ward providing secondary care mental health services must have at least one trained lead who can head up S42 adult safeguarding enquiries and provide advice and support.


The Combined Safeguarding group, QCE and the Trust Board receive quarterly reports detailing compliance and adult safeguarding activity.

The page was last updated on 17 April 2018 by agrosbois.


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