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Section 6: Safeguarding

6.1 What new Safeguarding duties does the Care Act place on councils?

All of the new duties cover things that South Gloucestershire Council, often in partnership with other local agencies, is already doing. However the Care Act makes these a statutory duty (must do) instead of a discretion or a power (can do). The new duties are to:

  • lead a multi-agency local adult safeguarding system that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect and stop it quickly when it happens
  • make enquiries, or request others to make them, when they think an adult with care and support needs may be at risk of abuse or neglect and they need to find out what action may be needed
  • establish Safeguarding Adults Boards, including the local authority, NHS and police, which will develop, share and implement a joint safeguarding strategy
  • carry out Safeguarding Adults Reviews when someone with care and support needs (whether or not those needs are being met) either dies, or is still alive and has experienced serious abuse or neglect, and there is a concern in either case that the local authority or its partners could have done more to protect them
  • arrange for an independent advocate to represent and support a person who is the subject of a safeguarding enquiry or review, if required