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National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults and Workbooks

The World Health Organisation suggest for many staying out of harms’ way is a matter of locking doors and windows and avoiding dangerous places, people and situations; however for many of the individuals you work with it is not quite so easy.

The threat of abuse is often behind those closed doors, hidden from public view and for those living in the midst of adult abuse fear permeates many aspects of their lives.

The role of professionals in Safeguarding Adults is an increasingly important, and complex, area of practice requiring a good level of skill and ability.

The resources produced by the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work have been developed to support practice, to complement the good work already being undertaken and whilst the media rightly focuses on the failings of the system, it is important for us to also celebrate the little successes achieved on a daily basis but never seen by the media or wider society, but which make such a difference to those you work with.

It is right not to be complacent, but, it is also right to be confident, confident that you can and do make a difference.

In 2011 we produced with Learn2Care the Leadership and Management Development Pathway for Social Work and Social Care. At its heart was a concept of “Self-Leadership” which is a way of helping leaders manage their stress and remain focused in their professional judgement and decision making. As well as rolling out these programmes across England they were delivered to more than 100 of our University own leaders, having a real impact on their ability to manage their own stress.

The resources discussed above are part of our on-going commitment to supporting practitioners, and the organisations they work in, to continue improving the lives of those at risk of harm and who are experiencing abuse. We never forget at the centre of practice in safeguarding adults is a person in need of support and that is why the National Competence Frameworks in Safeguarding Adults and MCA have been issued to all local authorities in England and Wales. 


National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults – Concise Version for Employers and Staff (Updated February 2016)

This document is the concise version of the National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults, A Comprehensive Guide. The aim of this document is to outline the competencies within the workforce to allow staff and volunteers ensure the safety and protection of adults at risk of or experiencing abuse and/or neglect (adult at risk). It offers a clear framework of these competencies within varied roles where you may work with an adult at risk.


National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults – A Comprehensive Guide (Updated December 2015)

This is the third edition of this framework; it has been updated to meet the requirements of The Care Act 2014. This framework sets out minimum standards a professional should seek to demonstrate in practice when safeguarding adults.


Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm – Staff Groups C & D Workbook

In June Mike Lyne delivered the final workbook in the Safeguarding series.

This workbook seeks to assist strategic and operational managers to benchmark existing knowledge and understanding of safeguarding adults at risk of harm and stimulate further investigation as appropriate.


Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm – Staff Groups B Workbook

In 2012, Di Galpin developed a range of resources to support qualified professionals improve practice and meet the requirements of the national capabilities framework. This included a workbook for professionals in Staff Group B as well as an on-line tool designed to enable professionals improve their practice in Safeguarding Adults at risk of harm.

The Safeguarding Adults Framework Evaluation tool (SAFE tool) provides practitioners with an easy to use resource, which they can use to both evaluate and develop their practice. In November, the National Centre held the highly anticipated Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Conference with Lord Justice Munby, Gary Fitzgerald, Rob Brown and David Hewitt as keynote speakers.


Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults – Staff Groups A Workbook

Following the National Capability Framework the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work developed, in partnership with Worcestershire Social Service, a workbook to support unqualified health and social care staff demonstrate good practice in safeguarding those they work with who are being abused, or are most vulnerable to abuse.

This workbook provides the information and training needed to establish the minimum standard of competence required of those who work with adults. The National Capability Framework for Safeguarding Adults and this workbook, used together, enables employers and employees to establish consistency in approach to Safeguarding Adults. The workbook will enable employees to demonstrate competence in their practice in a way that is in line with their occupational role and responsibilities.


National Capability Framework for Safeguarding Adults

In 2010, Learn to Care commissioned the development of a framework to quality assure practice in Safeguarding Adult services to try and ensure consistent practice across England and Wales.

Di Galpin (Senior Lecturer, Safeguarding Adults) and Lucy Morrison (Research Assistant) undertook research to identify the key areas of practice which were failing those most vulnerable. Findings from CQC inspection reports, serious case reviews, a review of academic research, focus groups and interviews with professionals and managers who deliver services, along with feedback from service users and carers, was collated to discover areas of practice that required improvement. Drawing on work already undertaken by East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Partnership the National Capabilities Framework for Safeguarding Adults was born.

Since its development over 12,000 copies have been distributed across health and social care departments throughout England and Wales.

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