Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership is committed to supporting professionals in working with children and young people in Hillingdon. The following pages provide useful guidance, policies and procedures in key areas of safeguarding.
The Safeguarding Partnership has agreed a clear, thorough and fair process to be followed in cases where there are allegations raised against people in positions of trust that fall outside of the framework of section 42 of the Care Act 2014.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse by one person against another within a personal, intimate or family relationship. If an adult with care and support needs is a victim of domestic abuse this should be raised as a safeguarding concern.
Safeguarding children and adults is a complex process that requires collaborative working across a range of professions and disciplines. At times there may be disagreement about the best course of action to take, and the need to resolve professional differences through proportionate use of escalation.
Harmful practices are persistent practices and behaviours that are grounded on discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, age and other grounds. This incorporates multiple and/or intersecting forms of discrimination that often involve violence and cause physical and/or psychological harm or suffering.
Modern slavery and human trafficking affect children and adults. There are particular issues and characteristics that can make children and adults more vulnerable to exploitation than the wider population. Having care and support needs and disabilities can increase the risk of all forms of trafficking and modern slavery.
An Information Sharing Agreement has been developed to support Hillingdon SAB and its partners in sharing the right information, at the right time, with the right people. Effective information sharing is fundamental to safeguarding practice.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a statutory framework to empower and protect people who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves. The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice is statutory guidance which expands on how to apply the Mental Capacity Act in practice.
Adults with care and support needs are often dependent on others to meet their most basic needs. Sometimes these needs go unmet, putting the adult at risk because a person supporting them either cannot or does not do what is necessary to meet their needs. This is neglect.
Preventing radicalisation is an important aspect of safeguarding children and adults at risk because children and adults with care and support needs can be particularly vulnerable to being drawn in to, violent extremism and radicalisation and exploited by terrorists.
Self-neglect is a lack of self-care. It is sometimes associated with hoarding and may be indicative of an underlying mental health pr physical support need. Practitioners can find working with people who self-neglect challenging.
Worried about a vulnerable adult in Hillingdon? Please call Hillingdon multi-agency safeguarding Hub (MASH) on01895 556 633