Safeguarding adults - advice and guidance to directors of adults social services

This paper was developed by and with Directors for Directors. It was commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) Safeguarding Adults Programme in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).


Safeguarding adults is one of the highest priorities for councils and will remain so; the Care and Support White Paper states that a high-quality service must be one which keeps people safe from harm. We are at a point where local councils and Safeguarding Adults Boards have come a long way in their efforts to protect people from harm and are awaiting the detailed guidance and final new legislation.


But nobody can stand still, so this Advice Note intends to fill the vacuum until legislation is completed by bringing together the effects of recent changes, what we have learned, and anticipates forthcoming changes, in order to give Directors a common approach. It complements but does not replace the ADASS/LGA National Framework of Standards, Department of Health Guidance No Secrets and its later update.