Safeguarding Adults Board

Local Guidance

There are Berkshire Multi-agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures to ensure that staff respond consistently and appropriately to all concerns of abuse and neglect. Staff and managers should refer to these as well as to additional guidance documents produced by the Board and local partner agencies.

Raising a concern  

Practitioners, managers and providers should refer to the Berkshire Safeguarding Adult Policy and Procedures. Speak with your local Safeguarding Team for help and advice if you have a concern.

There is a form to help people raise a concern with the Safeguarding Team in the Council: Safeguarding Adults Concern Form

Safeguarding concerns can also be raised directly with each Local Authority using an online form.

To report concerns about adults living in Reading, use Reading Borough Council's web report form.

To report concerns about adults living in West Berkshire, use West Berkshire Council's web report form.

To report concerns about adults living in Wokingham, use Wokingham Borough Council's web report form.

South Central Ambulance have produced a helpful guide on remembering to use the S.A.F.E.G.U.A.R.D Acronym when completing a safeguarding concern.

Joint Working

Good practice guide - checklist and links to support practitioners in working together.

Mental Health Crisis Interagency Joint Working Protocol

This protocol sets out the recognition that when people present, or are presented, to the Police in a mental ill health crisis state, working together with health and social care partners is both a necessity and a priority. All professionals agree to ensure that the welfare and dignity of the patient is at the heart of any negotiation. The Protocol can be found here.

Information Sharing Protocol

The Information Sharing Protocol covers all of the agencies that form the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board in the three local authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. It provides a framework for making decisions about sharing information in order to help protect vulnerable adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect. The Protocol offers guidance to front-line staff in assessing possible risk to adults, and in balancing the risk against the rights to confidentiality and privacy. 

Out of Area Review Procedure

The aim of this document is to provide clarity and guidance to staff when they are carrying out reviews for people who are placed in out of area supported living, residential or nursing home care. This is to ensure that the quality of the service is of a safe and satisfactory standard and is fully addressing all of the individual’s needs. The Out of Area Review Procedure can be found here.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service - Safe and Well visits

You can refer vulnerable people for a safe and well visit by a representative from the Fire and Rescue Service. Their home will be assessed for fire risk, with a view to fitting free smoke detector alarms if required. The Fire and Rescue Service will also discuss home escape plans and provide advice to lower fire risk.  Not sure who to refer for a Safe and Well visit? Go to the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service's website.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service are providing free  information sessions on the  Adults at Risk Programme, you can book into a session by using the following link: RBFRS will also visit locations to deliver sessions on the programme for larger groups.

Please click here for a list of the prevention equipment Royal Berkshire Fire Rescue Services offer. 

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service - Threat of Arson Referral Procedure

If you have concerns about someone that has had a Threat of Arson made against them or their property or are at risk of arson please complete and return this form.

RBFRS will endeavour to attend the property (with consent of the occupant/victim, so please contact them first) within 48 hours. A Threat of Arson/Risk of Arson Safe and Well Visit will involve our Safe and Well Technicians or Crews attending the property to fit arson proof letter boxes, fire retardant sprays and as many smoke alarms as required.

Further information is provided in this guidance document.

Self-Neglect and Hoarding Threshold Tool

Guidance and templates to help staff safeguard individuals who may be at risk from hoarding and self-neglect: Self-Neglect and Hoarding Threshold Tool. Here is a short film about hoarding, Keith's story.

Pressure Ulcer Pathway

Guidance to help staff decide whether to refer to the safeguarding adults procedures is provided in the Berkshire Policy and Procedures, Appendix 5. This is a downloadable version of the safeguarding decision guide for pressure ulcers, Appendix 4.3 See also these leaflets: What happens if you don't move around enough? and React to Red, includes simple steps to reduce pressure ulcers.

Postural Management Awareness Video

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group and Berkshire Health Care Foundation Trust would like to share with you a short video raising awareness of postural management and a local pilot within our elderly and nursing care homes.

This video has been produced to improve access to support and safeguard individuals following multi –agency learning from case reviews. 

We would like to thank South Central Ambulance Trust for supporting the filming and production of the video.

Please share the link below with health and social care staff to help raise awareness within our local partnership

Modern Slavery

Thames Valley Adult Modern Slavery Pathway can be found here.

A Local Authorities' Referral Pathway for Adult Victims of Modern Slavery can be found here.


Audit Tool Templates

Templates and guidance for staff to use when carrying out audits: Multi-agency Audit Framework Strategy, Audit Tool and Audit Outcomes Template.

Care Governance Frameworks

Wokingham Borough Council's Care Governance Framework can be found here.

Financial Scams

Financial Fraud and online crime is believed to cost the UK Economy £2 Million each day and the allegations are increasing. Vulnerable People are at high risk of being targeted and once someone is a victim of fraud they are more likely to be targeted again. There is lots of useful information on Scams in the Little Book of Big Scams – 4th Edition which can be found here.

Did not attend appointments/ Was not brought

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have produced a informative video on the possible reasons why vulnerable adults may not attend appointments, encouraging that the term did not attend is replaced with 'was not brought. The video can be found here.

Allegation Management Framework/Person in a Position of Trust (PiPoT)

The Care Act 2014 requires the local authority, its relevant partners and those providing universal care and support services, to have clear policies for dealing with allegations against people in positions of trust i.e. anyone working in either a paid or unpaid capacity with adults with care and support needs. The people in position of trusts (PIPOTS) may be people who are employed and work with or voluntarily undertake activity with adults or children (for example where an employee/worker/volunteer has been accused of the abuse or neglect of an adult with care and support needs. The Framework can be found on our Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure website here.

Thames Valley Police, have created a video to assist professionals to be mindful of those rare cases of where members of TVP abuse their positions by forming improper relationships. The video can be found here.