Policies & Procedures

The Gwent-wide Adult Safeguarding Board has developed and implemented policies, procedures and good practice for the purposes of co-ordinating what is done by each member organisation and their staff to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults at risk in Gwent.

The Board currently adhere to the Wales Interim Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Abuse (January 2013) which is a manual of good practice containing links to many other supporting documents, guidance and websites.

On the 6th April 2016 new adult safgeuarding law came into force. The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act  provides the legal framework for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support, and for transforming social services in Wales.

Part 7 provides new safeguarding legislation including:

Duty to report

Section 128 imposes a new duty on relevant partners to report to a local authority if it is suspected that an adult is an "adult at risk".  Relevant partners include Local Authorities, Police, Probation services, the Secretary of state, NHS trust and Welsh Ministers. 

Duty to make enquiries

Section 126 imposes a duty on local authorities to make whatever enquiries it thinks necessary to enable it to decide whether any action should be taken. 

If the local authority has cause to suspect that a person in its area is an adult at risk, enquires will need to be completed and decisions made as to what action should be taken. The enquiry should normally be completed within 7 working days of the referral. 

Adult Protection and Support Order

Section 127 states that the local authority can apply to the Court for an Adult Protection and Support Order (APSO). These are completely new powers for local authorities. 

The purposes of an APSO are: 

(a) To enable the officer (possibly a social worker or other professional) to speak in private with a person suspected of being an adult at risk;

(b) To enable the officer to ascertain whether that person is making decisions freely, and 

(c) To enable the officer to assess whether the person is an adult at risk and to make a decision if any, action should be taken. 

For more information about the Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Act and how this will reform the way social services and social care are delivered please visist the Care Council for Wales Information and Learning Hub. http://www.ccwales.org.uk/getting-in-on-the-act-hub/ 




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