Section 42: Adult Safeguarding Enquiry Procedures

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Enquiry Procedures

The SSASPB Adult Safeguarding Enquiry Procedures (2.79 MB) were developed by the Board partnership in order to meet the requirements of the Care Act 2014, and were widely consulted upon before publication. Chapters within the SSASPB Adult Safeguarding Enquiry Procedures have been made availabe here:


  1. Introduction (341 KB)

  2. Reporting Abuse and Neglect (128 KB)

  3. Receiving Concerns and Decision Making (395 KB)

  4. Safeguarding Enquiries (Section 42 Care Act 2014) (441 KB)

  5. Safeguarding Plans (309 KB)

  6. Termination of the Safeguarding Process (42 KB)

  7. 7: Representations and Appeals (36 KB)

  8. People in Positions of Trust (PiPoT) (301 KB)

  9. Framework for Quality and Safeguarding Provider Monitoring (925 KB)

  10. Risk assessment and risk management within the Adult Safeguarding process (209 KB)

  11. Appendix 1 - Body Maps (125 KB)

  12. Appendix 2 - SSASPB Adult Safeguarding Concern AS1 form (71 KB)

  13. Appendix 3 - Multi-agency Planning Discussion document (AS2) (94 KB)
  14. Glossary and Abbreviations (161 KB) 

These local procedures are governed by a set of key principles and themes and underpin the West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy. The adult safeguarding processes seek to respond to concerns about abuse in a way that is sensitive to individual circumstances, person-centred and outcome-focused. To achieve successful safeguarding the procedures in this section must be understood and applied consistently by all organisations.

Although the responsibility for the coordination of adult safeguarding arrangements lies with Local Authorities, the implementation of these procedures is a collaborative responsibility and effective work must be based on a multi-agency approach.

The procedures are well over 100 pages long and printing off is not recommended to minimise paper waste and ensure that the most up to date version is used. Hard copies have not been produced, however it is important that these procedures are widely and easily available to anyone who may need to use them.

Amendments will be made as and when required through improved practice and feedback. These will be added electronically and the most recent version will be available on the website. Any significant changes will be version controlled and communicated to all partner organisations who must ensure that their workforce are made aware of them.