To consider the updated Safeguarding Policy and Procedures (report of the Assistant Director – Wellbeing and Community enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Assistant Director – Wellbeing and Community Leadership which sought to approve the updated Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
The Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Conservation and Heritage introduced the report stating that Safeguarding covered a broad range of topics and to safeguard residents, there needed to be collaboration with other statutory services including adult social care, children’s social care and Lincolnshire Police.
Agencies worked together through countywide strategic partnerships including Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership, Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board and Safer Lincolnshire Partnership. SHDC needed a policy that was clear on the responsibilities for a district council, across services.
The key parts that the policy needed to cover to ensure that the Council was complying with their statutory duties were:
· Having clear roles and responsibilities
· Recognising abuse or concerns
· Using Professional curiosity
· Being clear on how to report a concern and escalate if needed
· Recruitment and training
· Responding to allegations
· Supporting Staff
· Appropriate Record Keeping and Information Sharing
The updated policy and procedures had an overarching framework for the Council which covered these areas and supported the Council to fulfil its statutory responsibilities and demonstrate competence and compliance. The policy had been presented to the Policy Development Panel on 24 May 2022 and amendments had been supported.
The following points were raised by those present: