Seal of approval for adult safeguarding

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Arrangements to safeguard adults in the borough have been given the seal of approval by an independent inspection.

North Tyneside Council asked the Local Government Association (LGA) to carry out a ‘Peer Challenge’ to help improve the adult safeguarding service and to act as a ‘critical friend’, to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

And although the final report is still to be provided, the overall verdict was that ‘North Tyneside has a lot to be proud of’, with many positive and creative services and support to safeguard adults at risk in the borough.

The challenge team confirmed safeguarding is a clear priority for the council, its political leadership and its partners.

Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We are delighted with the feedback from the Peer Challenge team as they have confirmed that our services do safeguard adults in North Tyneside and that as an authority we have a lot to be proud of.

“However, we are not complacent and are using their feedback on where further improvement could be achieved and will develop an action plan, together with our partners on the Safeguarding Adults Board, to ensure all organisations implement the changes in their organisation’s planning and practices.”

Safeguarding adults is the process needed to ensure the safety of any adult at risk who is thought to be suffering some form of harm.

The borough has a Safeguarding Adults Board that brings together all agencies working to support and safeguard adults at risk and it sets policies and procedures that all agencies can implement.