Manchester Safeguarding Standard

The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) and Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) expect all providers and commissioners of services for adults at risk and children in Manchester to adhere to this agreed minimum Safeguarding Standard.

The MSAB and MSCB will quality assure against this standard using a number of tools including:

 OBJECTIVES

  1. Safeguarding practice for both adults at risk and children and young people will:
    • reflect best practice nationally;
    • incorporate learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Serious Case Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews and other reviews;
    • be regularly audited and evaluated;
    • be informed by MSAB and MSCB policies and procedures;
    • ensure that the safety of children and young people is always prioritised by practitioners working with adults at risk, particularly where domestic abuse, mental health or drug and alcohol abuse are known to be a factor;
    • ensure that the safety of adults at risk is considered by practitioners working with children and young people.
  1. The MSAB and MSCB can be assured of the effectiveness of safeguarding practice across Manchester and identify where there are issues that need addressing, using their authority to ensure this happens where needed as is set out in the Care Act 2014 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
  1. Commissioners apply a consistent safeguarding standard to their commissioning activity.
  1. Individual Organisations monitor and assess the effectiveness of their safeguarding practice across Manchester and identify and address where there are any issues. Self assessments and single agency audits will be required as part of the Performance Management Framework for each Board.
  1. Managers feel confident and competent in their roles and responsibilities.
  1. Individual practitioners receive appropriate training and support to allow them to practise in a competent and confident manner.

OUTCOME
By adopting this standard across providers and commissioners of services in Manchester, the MSAB and MSCB will be assured that the quality of multi-agency practice with adults and children and young people is regularly assessed and monitored; this will also ensure that processes are in place to improve the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements for adults and children in the city within the context of the individual, the family and the community.

THE STANDARD

  1. Children, young people and adults at risk are at the centre of practice
  1. Safeguarding Lead
  1. Safer Staffing
  1. Policies and Procedures
  1. Training
  1. Performance and Practice

Organisations should have safeguarding quality assurance systems and processes in place and be able to assess performance and practice in relation to the following areas, which have been informed by learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide and other forms of review.

  1. Information sharing

Each organisation adopts and implements the recognised Information Sharing Guidance, formally adopted by Manchester Children’s Trust Arrangements, the MSAB and the MSCB.

Managers are conversant with the Government guidance: Information sharing Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (2015)

Each organisation refers to the local agreed MARAC information sharing protocol and appropriately shares information to protect adults and their children at high risk of domestic violence.

  1. Links to the MSAB and MSCB
  1. Risk Management
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