Safeguarding Adults

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Safeguarding is how organisations, such as NHS or social care providers and commissioners, protect the rights of individuals to live free of abuse and neglect. Some adults with care and support needs may not be able to protect themselves. Adult safeguarding is the action taken to stop or prevent abuse and neglect.

Abuse and neglect can take many forms, from physical violence such as hitting, slapping or kicking to financial abuse or modern slavery. For more information on the types of abuse, please visit the categories of abuse section of our website.

If you have any concerns about a person that might be experiencing any type of abuse or neglect, you can report this through the Thurrock First phone line: 01375 511000

You can also seek advice by emailing Thurrock Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thurrock CCG is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of adults. We work with our partner organisations, including Thurrock Council and Essex Police, to ensure that all commissioned services have effective safeguarding arrangements in place.

Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board

Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency partnership which works together to ensure that organisations work well together to prevent abuse and neglect of adults at risk and to respond swiftly and proportionately when it does occur. Thurrock CCG is a member of the Board along with Thurrock Council, Essex Police and other local groups in Thurrock. The Care Act 2014 requires every Local Authority to set up a Safeguarding Adults Board.

The board’s vision is that people are able to live a life free from harm, where the community has a culture that does not tolerate abuse, works together to prevent abuse and knows what to do when abuse happens.

For more information, visit the Board's website: 

Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SAR) Policy

Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board is responsible for arranging and conducting Safeguarding Adults Reviews where vulnerable adults have died or may have died as a result of serious abuse or neglect if it were not for intervention. The SAR Policy sets out how the Board will meet its statutory obligations and how individuals and organisations can request a SAR. The policy can be downloaded below:

pdf Safeguarding Adult Review Policy - December 2018 (780 KB)

SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) Adult Safeguarding Guidelines

The Thurrock Adult Safeguarding Board and its counterparts in Southend and the rest of Essex have produced a series of guidelines for professionals. You can view these on the SET Adult Safeguarding guidelines section of the website.

Reporting a concern for professionals

If you are a professional, paid worker or volunteer who has concerns for a person that may be experiencing abuse or neglect, you can report a concern by completing a SETSAF1 form or by calling 01375 511000. To download a SETSAF1 form, visit the ‘How Do I Raise A Concern?’ section of the Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board website.

You can also contact Thurrock Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team for more information and advice: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thurrock CCG adult safeguarding policies

The CCG’s policies and procedures are designed to protect adults from abuse or breaches of their rights. We consider anyone over 18, who is unable to take care of themselves – either because of mental or physical disability, age or illness – as being more at risk.

Our policies and procedures have been developed in line with national and local guidance, we monitor all services which we commission to ensure that they are compliant with adult safeguarding procedures and training requirements. The Thurrock CCG Safeguarding Adults Policy can be downloaded below:

pdf Safeguarding Adults - May 2017 (216 KB)

The CCG has also developed a PREVENT policy and has provided training for clinical staff within primary care in order to help identify and safeguard those who could be vulnerable to radicalisation. See the policy below:

pdf Prevent Policy - May 2017 (353 KB)

Modern Slavery and Trafficking Statement

Thurrock CCG commissions health services for the population in the locality. The CCG has developed robust policies for Adult Safeguarding and PREVENT, in line with national and local guidance. These policies have been approved by the CCG Governing Body and shared with the Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board. Integral to these policies is the requirement to protect the public from all types of abuse - including modern slavery - by working in collaboration with our providers and statutory partners.

The CCG, in line with due diligence and best practice, only commission/procure services from reputable sources and these processes are subject to thorough assessment and monitoring in line with national standards.

The CCG will continue to monitor all commissioned provider services to ensure that there is full compliance with the national requirement of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and their compliance with the mandatory safeguarding staff training. This will provide assurances that their staff are alert to and know how to report all types of abuse.

There’s more information on Modern Slavery on the Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board website.

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