Our policies and procedures document (477Kb) provides detailed information on the Safeguarding Adults process from the initial stages until the case is closed. The document includes information on the threshold criteria against which each Safeguarding Alert is assessed. The policy also provides information on what each stage of the Safeguarding Adults process will entail and how this will be managed by the Safeguarding Adults Manager. This process has been drafted and agreed in partnership with all relevant agencies in Gateshead and has been endorsed by the Safeguarding Adults Board. This process will be revised and endorsed by the Safeguarding Adults Board to ensure compliance with the Care Act 2014.
Dignity in Gateshead policy
The Gateshead Safeguarding Adults Board is committed to improving Dignity for people in Gateshead. The Dignity in Gateshead policy (368Kb) is part of the Safeguarding Adults Board ‘family’ of policy documents.
The policy outlines what is meant by the term ‘Dignity’ and how it applies to services used by adults in Gateshead. The Policy contains the Dignity in Gateshead Charter which clearly sets out what is expected from all of our services and provides information for service users, carers, employees and residents on our eight Dignity Principles.
One of the times at which people are most in danger of losing their dignity and their self-respect is when they have health and social care needs. Health and Social Care services are provided when people are most vulnerable - when they are feeling at their weakest, when they are afraid and when they have to expose the most intimate and personal parts of themselves (their bodies and their minds) to inspection and handling by others. However, although this Policy is especially relevant to the provision of health and social care services, it is not limited to these service areas. Within Gateshead we feel that delivering Dignity should be embedded within all aspects of service delivery.
This Policy has been developed by the Dignity in Gateshead Core Officer Group. It is supported by a comprehensive Improvement and Development Plan which details actions that will assist to deliver and embed Dignity.
The policy is reviewed on an annual basis.