What is a Safeguarding Champion?
The person within an organisation who can do these 10 things:
1. Ensure the adult is placed at the centre of safeguarding related work.
2. Ensure that there are appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place.
3. Actively seek feedback from service users to ensure their voice is heard and used to help shape practice.
4. Help to ensure that the workforce is appropriately trained in this subject.
5. Ensure the organisation learns from the most serious cases of abuse.
6. Raise awareness by helping design, connect to, and support TSAB campaigns.
7. Specifically improve awareness and network with harder to reach and marginalised groups.
8. Ensure the organisation provides bespoke adult safeguarding information and advice for clients and service users.
9. Influence the culture inside the organisation and wider community.
10. Share good practice.
The Safeguarding Champions Challenge 2020
We are setting the following challenge to help encourage Champions to turn the key tasks outlined above into practice over the rest of 2020.
Please try to complete as many of these tasks as you can:
– Complete and circulate our Annual Consultation Survey within your organisation and across your networks (survey closes on 14 February 2020).
– Provide a briefing in your organisational Bulletin about your Safeguarding Champions role and signpost to the TSAB Newsletter.
– Hand out the safeguarding leaflets in your resource bags to members of the public who are marginalised or ‘seldom heard’.
– Put up the TSAB poster for professionals in your office, and the public facing one in a prominent and appropriate public place.
– Set up a professional Twitter account and link to @TeeswideSAB as an important source of safeguarding information and related news.
Safeguarding Champions Bulletins
Safeguarding Champions Bulletins are issued every quarter and provide information on the work of the Board, links to new and updated guidance/SAR’s/policies/procedures across Tees, training dates and ways in which you can fulfil your pledge’s as a Champion.
The Government’s website is a useful central point, which signposts people to a wide range of resources linked to subjects such as the Prevent Strategy, Office of the Public Guardian, Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme etc. https://www.gov.uk/search?q=adult+safeguarding
Local Government Association (LGA) – Making Safeguarding Personal Toolkit
A range of helpful tools and case examples is provided in toolkit handbooks to guide you through best practice approaches and effective application of safeguarding. https://www.local.gov.uk/msp-toolkit
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE provide a range of resources including newsletters, training courses (some free) and other related materials, conferences and networking events, videos,
reports and a Prevention Catalogue, which provides examples of what agencies have done to prevent adult abuse. https://www.scie.org.uk/
Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)
RiPfA provide a similar set of resources to SCIE, but are more academically based, as well as a very wide range of guidance documents (some free). This
includes some excellent resources linked to the subject of Coercive Control. https://www.ripfa.org.uk/resources/publications/practice-tools-and-guides/coercive-control-learning-resources-open-access-
NHS Safeguarding Guide ‘App’
This guide is available as an ‘App’ which will be useful for all professionals as it provides a summary of all the relevant information in relation to adult and child safeguarding.