All agencies responsible for the practice of paid staff and volunteers have responsibility to ensure that they are safe to work with Adults at Risk. This means that all processes and checks surrounding who works with Adults and how they work must incorporate the avoidance of abuse, including:
- How staff are recruited
- The policies and procedures staff work to
- How staff are inducted and trained, especially concerning professional standards, policy and procedures and the possibility of abuse
- How staff are supervised and supported
Managers, agencies and professions share responsibility for ensuring that staff are ‘fit for work’, whatever their roles and responsibilities.
Employers should have robust procedures in place for vetting and barring potential abusers, including procedures in relation to:
- Safe recruitment and vetting through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
- Induction and training of new and existing staff, including whistleblowing, including:
- Basic mandatory induction training, with respect to awareness that abuse can take place and duty to report
- More detailed awareness training, including training on recognition of abuse and responsibilities with respect to the procedures in their particular agency
- Specialist training for those who will be undertaking enquiries, and mangers, and training for elected members and others e.g. Healthwatch members
- Post qualifying or advanced training for those who work with more complex enquiries and responses, or who act as their organisation’s expert in a particular field, for example in relation to legal or social work, those who provide medical or nursing advice to the organisation or the Board
Training for staff and volunteers on Sunderland’s safeguarding procedures should be provided to all staff and volunteers at a level appropriate to their role. Training is a continuing responsibility and should be provided as a rolling programme.
Information regarding multi-agency safeguarding adults training available in Sunderland can be found here.