Adult safeguarding to be discussed at executive board

A report setting out the work which has been undertaken in the city over the past year to protect its most vulnerable people, will be discussed at Leeds City Council’s Executive Board this week.

As part of the Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2012/2013, senior councillors will have the opportunity to consider both the achievements and challenges of the past year and endorse the board’s proposed work programme for 2013/2014.

Represented on the safeguarding board are a host of key organisations, which working closely in partnership, are committed to improving both the quality of care and current systems and practices in place to protect vulnerable adults.

The report highlights a small decrease of reported incidents where abuse of a vulnerable adult was suspected, with 3,438 cases being reported to the city’s Safeguarding Unit in 2012/13. Of these, 1,183 reported incidents warranted further investigation.

The number of reported incidents had been rising steadily over the past few years, the result of a successful campaign to raise public awareness and give extra training to public service staff in recognising and reporting suspected abuse.

Now that the annual figure appears to be ‘levelling out’, the report says, there is evidence that the need for watchfulness has become better embedded among staff working with people who are at risk of abuse.

Training of staff in safeguarding is also highlighted, with 14,307 staff across Adult Social Care and NHS organisations in the city having received basic and intermediate level training in safeguarding, with 416 staff being trained to higher levels.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care said:

“Through the work of the Safeguarding Board, people coming into contact with vulnerable people are

better equipped to recognise abuse and take action by reporting it.

“We can never be complacent when talking about protecting people who are at risk of exploitation or mistreatment, but Leeds has made great progress in making sure people such as care workers, housing officers, police and health workers can recognise abuse and know what to do when they see it.

“I am grateful for the work of the Leeds Adult Safeguarding Board to provide the city’s front-line health and social care workforce with the knowledge and confidence to tackle abuse when they see it.”

Notes to editors:

The Leeds Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board is a voluntary arrangement of statutory and non-statutory organisations. The board includes senior representatives from: Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds, Airedale and Bradford, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, Leeds Community Health Care NHS Trust, Leeds and York partnership Foundation NHS Trust, West Yorkshire Police, Leeds Community Safety and West Yorkshire Probation Service.

The meeting of the Executive Board will be held on Wednesday July 17th.


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