Deciding if you need to raise a safeguarding concern to the local authority / multi agency safeguarding hub (MASH)

Supporting decisions on the need to raise a safeguarding concern and understanding of subsequent decision making by the local authority


Do you need to raise a safeguarding concern?

  • Are you concerned that an adult is at risk of or is experiencing abuse or neglect?
  • What types of abuse or neglect are you concerned about?
  • Have you had a conversation with the adult about the concerns?
  • Have you sought the views and wishes of the adult?
  • Are there any immediate risks to the adult and to others including children?
  • Have you discussed and agreed next steps with the adult?
  • Have you provided advice, information or signposted the adult?

Does the adult have needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs) and is the adult experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect? 

Care Act 2012, Section 42(1) (a) and (b)

If the answer is yes: If you have reasonable cause to suspect that the adult meets the criteria (a) and (b), have you discussed with the adult about raising a safeguarding concern? Does the adult wish to raise their own concerns? Do they support to do this?

Does the adult want a safeguarding concern to be raised?

Yes

Raise a safeguarding concern

If the adult does not want a safeguarding concern to be raised?

Raising a safeguarding concern may be justified, for example, where there is a public interest consideration or issue, or where a best interest decision needs to be made (where the adult lacks capacity to make the decision).

Raise a safeguarding concern

Record rationale for decision-making

 

Does the adult have needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs) and is the adult experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect? 

Care Act 2012, Section 42(1) (a) and (b)

If you are unsure: Who else can you talk to within your organisation? Can you seek advice from others outside of your organisation or consider seeking advice from the local authority? If the outcomes of these discussions give you reasonable cause to suspect S42(1) (a) and (b), raise a safeguarding concern to the local authority/MASH)

If you have enough reasonable cause to suspect (b) but you are still unsure about (a)

Raise a safeguarding concern

The local authority information gathering response, under S42(1) will help make a decision.

 

Does the adult have needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs) and is the adult experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect? 

Care Act 2012, Section 42(1) (a) and (b)

No: If the concerns are not (a) or (b), what further support, advice, information or signposting can you offer the adult?
There may be circumstances where the safety of the adult or yourself prevent this from happening. If you still have concerns about abuse or neglect and it is not possible or within the scope of your role to have a conversation with the adult, then, if in doubt, continue with the process and raise a safeguarding concern.