SARSAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all adults in need of care and support or adults at risk who use our services. We believe safeguarding is everyone’s business. Safeguarding is a specific activity that is undertaken to protect specific children and adults in need of care and support who are suffering, or are at risk of suffering harm.
Adults with care and support needs are people aged over 18 who are in need of care and support, ie could or do receive a service from the local council to meet their support needs.
Adults may have care and support needs because of disability, age or illness and may be unable to take care of themselves or to protect themselves from harm or exploitation.
Safeguarding adults supports the human rights of people who are unable to claim these for themselves. People who use SARSAS services and all health and social care services should be treated with dignity and respect, receive high quality, compassionate care and be safe from harm and abuse.
This includes having due regard to the need to eliminate discriminatory abuse, harassment and victimisation.
Adult safeguarding helps prevent the abuse of power. Adults with care and support needs are dependent on others to meet their everyday needs.
Care and support services may be provided for the following:
- People with learning and physical disabilities
- People with mental ill health
- People with drug or alcohol dependencies
- People with certain types of physical illness
- People with dementia
- People who are frail due to age or other factors
- People who are homeless.
The organisation operates a confidential service but if it is assessed that an adult at risk is being abused or likely to suffer abuse, then confidentiality can be breached within procedural guidelines. (See Confidentiality Policy) In this event, a volunteer support worker/staff member is expected to discuss the action they propose to take with the service user beforehand.
If it is felt that an adult with care and support needs is at risk of harm through abuse or neglect and the details of the adult with care and support needs are known, the designated local agency in that area should be contacted following discussion and agreement of any actions with the Designated Adult at risk Protection Officer of SARSAS; the Director or a senior member of staff.
No referrals will be made to external agencies in respect of suspected abuse of a adult with care and support needs without prior discussion and agreement with the SARSAS Designated Adult at risk Protection Officer, unless it is an emergency situation.