Home > About Us > Safeguarding Children and Adults > Safeguarding Adults
What does safeguarding
Everyone has the
right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Safeguarding
balances the right to
be safe with the right to make informed choices and involves people and
organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and
experience of abuse or neglect, ensuring that the adult’s wellbeing is
Who do Safeguarding adult
duties apply to?
The Care Act 2014
stipulates Safeguarding duties apply to an adult (18+) who:
Has needs for care and support (whether or
not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or
As a result of those care and support needs
is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of
abuse or neglect.
This may include an
adult that: has a learning disability, sensory impairment, a mental health
need, a long term condition, is frail elderly, in ill health, has a physical
disability, a cognitive impairment or is a carer providing assistance or care
to adults and is subject to abuse or a combination of these factors.
In 2014 the Care Act replaced the ‘’No Secrets guidance (DH 2000)
and introduced a formal statutory framework for safeguarding adults boards
around care and support which includes Safeguarding Adults. As part of their
statutory duty the Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) safeguarding boards work
together to develop guidelines that fulfil the statutory requirements using a
multi-agency approach that is compliant with best practice and legislation. The
guidelines apply in all settings, including those managed by private,
voluntary and statutory agencies.
ACE works collaboratively with the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board
(ESAB) to promote an adults right to
live free from violence fear and abuse, and to be protected from harm and exploitation.
Our Safeguarding Adult Policy complies with SET guidelines and is used in
conjunction with them.
ACE clinical safeguarding
The Director of Operations and Quality is the executive lead for
safeguarding adults across ACE and as such is responsible for ensuring
statutory compliance with safeguarding legislation. She is supported by the Assistant
Director of Clinical Development, the organisation also employs a safeguarding
adults lead who works with both the Director of Operations and Quality and the
Assistant Director of clinical Development to oversee the strategic development
of safeguarding adults across the establishment.
Safeguarding is considered by ACE to be an integral part of
everyday practice in the provision of care and all staff and volunteers across
the organisation regardless of the role they perform have a responsibility in
preventing harm and abuse from occurring and taking action when concerns do
arise. In order to ensure effective training to support staff in their role all
staff receive mandatory level 1 or 2 safeguarding training on induction into
the organisation in accordance with the requirements for their role and
additional three yearly mandatory updates.
Who is the service
Any adult (18+), registered on a caseload within ACE who.
Where is the service
659-662 The Crescent
Colchester Business Park
Tel: 01255 206232
Fax: 01255 206242
When is the service
The service is provided between the hours of 08-30- 17.00 Monday
Outside operational hour’s Social care direct can be contacted
Social Care Direct
0845 603 7634.
0845 606 1212 (Out of Hours)
The following services
are also available for support with Safeguarding concerns:
08452 66 66 63.
If a member of the public is concerned; about a relative,
neighbour friend or a vulnerable adult in Essex, please refer them to ASK SAL,
the local authority safeguarding adults line on 08452 66 66 63. They can call
for anything from straightforward information and advice about abuse, to the
disclosure of a specific concern. Should they wish to report maltreatment of an
adult in Essex, ASK SAL will take their concern seriously and ensure that it is
Social Care Direct
0808 20000247 (24 hr)