THE LOCAL CARE is committed to safeguarding and promoting the health and welfare of all service users. The safeguarding and MCA champion will be aware of safeguarding and mental capacity issues (including deprivation of liberty) relating to adults, children, young people and their families to support the contractual requirements of commissioning agencies including the local authority (LA) and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
THE LOCAL CARE is committed to an agreed strategic approach in relation to arrangements for safeguarding service users and implementing the Care Act 2015 and Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) across the organisation
A lack of capacity to make specific decisions at the time they need to be made, significantly increases the vulnerability of individuals and therefore an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (including deprivation of liberty) needs to be an integral part of the safeguarding and MCA champions role. The authorisation of deprivation of liberty in community settings is via an application to the Court of Protection (COPDOL) made by the LA or CCG, with providers having a significant role in the process.
Safeguarding and mental capacity is everyone’s business and a duty/responsibility that has to be shared across the organisation. Effective collaborative joint working between professionals and agencies is essential to protect anyone at risk of harm or neglect. Staff have a duty of care to promote and protect human rights, independence, dignity and safety at all times. The Care Act 2015 reinforces the view that every adult has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. The Care Act 2015 also introduces a new mantra of ‘making safeguarding personal’.
The Mental Capacity Act requires all paid staff to have regard for the MCA Code of Practice. CQC requires providers to request the LA or CCG to make a COPDOL application of anyone in their care who appears to be deprived of liberty, and to follow up regularly.
Safeguarding Adults Board
There are four multi-agency SABs in Lancashire and Cumbria, additional guidance and/or policies will be available on the following websites:
- Blackburn with Darwen: www.lsab.org.uk
- Blackpool: https://www.blackpoolsafeguarding.org.uk/safeguarding-adults-1
- Cumbria: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/healthsocialcare/keepingsafe.asp
If you wish to report safeguarding concerns please refer to the following contact details for your authority:
|Local Authority||Contact Number||Out of Hours|
|Blackpool||01253 477592||01253 477600|
|Lancashire||0300 123 6720||0300 123 6722|