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How we protect adults

Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board

As part of the Care Act 2014 all local authorities must have a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) in place. The board’s main objective is to make sure local safeguarding arrangements are in place. Partners of the board (statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations) must help and protect adults who meet the criteria in the Care Act 2014.

The SAB has a role in overseeing and leading adult safeguarding across the area. It also has a role as a source of advice and assistance. This includes:

  • assuring itself that safeguarding practice is about getting the right outcome for the person involved
  • working together to stop abuse and neglect where possible
  • confirming that agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred
  • verifying that safeguarding practice is always improving and enhancing the quality of life for adults in our area

In July 2019 the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Adults Board separated from Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and joined with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) to form the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board (BFSB). A new website is being developed. In the meantime, the information on the current Safeguarding Adults Board website is up to date and provides information on adult safeguarding.

Supporting people who may lack mental capacity

We promote the rights of people who may lack capacity with specific areas of their life. We do this by working within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the code of practice.

The ability to understand and make a decision when it needs to be made is called ‘mental capacity'. The Mental Capacity Act covers people in England and Wales who can’t make some or all decisions for themselves. Mental capacity is a central issue in adult safeguarding cases and is always given a high priority in safeguarding work.

The Mental Capacity Act sets out 5 principles:

  • a person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established that he lacks capacity
  • a person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him to do so have been taken without success
  • a person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision merely because he makes an unwise decision
  • an act done, or decision made, under the Mental Capacity Act for or on behalf of a person who lacks capacity must be done, or made, in their best interests
  • before the act is done, or the decision is made, regard must be had to whether the plan is going to be delivered in a way that is less restrictive of the person's rights and freedom of action

See further information about the Mental Capacity Act on GOV.UK.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. They apply in England and Wales only.

The safeguards provide a legal framework for local authorities, in certain circumstances, to authorise a person to be deprived of their liberty. Where the legal criteria are met, we will work to make sure that the appropriate safeguards are put in place to protect the person’s rights.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications can be submitted to dols@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.  You can also phone the DoLs team on 01344 351939.

In July 2018, the government published a Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill which will see DoLS replaced by the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). This passed into law in May 2019. Under LPS, there will be a streamlined process to authorise deprivations of liberty. The target date for implementation is spring 2020.

Monitoring the quality of care and support we provide

The council commissions care and support providers that are of a high standard. However on occasions the expected standards are not maintained.

Our care governance process makes sure that the council has a robust and consistent approach to identifying areas of concern or poor practice and works in partnership with these providers to improve them.

Safeguarding training

Training provides a key opportunity to support staff and volunteers in both preventing adult abuse and being able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and respond appropriately. The council provides the following training to local providers and volunteers:

  • Safeguarding Level 1 – introductory awareness raising
  • Mental Capacity Act (a charge may be made for this course)
  • Domestic Abuse

The council may be able to provide bespoke training on safeguarding and/or the Mental Capacity Act for providers, however this is subject to availability and there may be a charge for this.

For more information about any of these courses, please email organisational.development@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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