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Safeguarding Adults Level 4


Course Outline:

One of the most important principles of all types of safeguarding is that it is everyone’s responsibility, and for leaders and managers in organisations it is vital that this principle is modelling, cascaded and quality assured if both effective strategic and operational delivery of safeguarding is to be realised.

The Intercollegiate Guidelines (published August 2018 by the Royal College of Nursing on behalf of a number of professional colleges and associations including BASW) set out the competencies and standards of practice for health care staff, from front-line support workers to executive directors and board members, and this programme is aligned to the level 4 Named Professionals competency requirements.

All providers of NHS funded health services should identify a named professional for safeguarding within its structure. Named professionals have a key role in promoting good professional practice within their organisation, providing advice and expertise for fellow professionals, and ensuring safeguarding training is in place. This one-day programme is designed for Named Professionals working in provider services, commissioning services, and Safeguarding Leads and Board Members.

Learning Methods:

A combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including lecture, workshop and group work. Interactive and experiential methods, in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas to inform participant learning and support application to practice.

Learning Outcomes:

This course will provide participants with the following learning outcomes:

• To be able to discuss, share and apply the best practice and knowledge in adult safeguarding, able to work effectively with colleagues in regional

networks and effectively communicate local safeguarding knowledge, research and findings.

• Increased confidence in the development of robust internal adult safeguarding policy, guidelines, and protocols as a member of the organisational management team.

• To be able to provide advice and information about safeguarding to the employing organisation both proactively and reactively – this includes the board, directors, and senior managers, demonstrating a greater depth of understanding of the role, purpose and mechanism of case reviews and increased confidence in leading service reviews.

• To be able to know how to provide specialist advice to practitioners, both actively and reactively, including clarification about organisational policies, legal issues and the management of adult safeguarding.

• To be able to support colleagues in challenging views offered by other professionals, as appropriate.

• To be able to lead/oversee safeguarding quality assurance and improvement processes and undertake risk assessments of organisational ability to safeguard adults.

Trainer - Mark Hutton

Having previously worked in adult social care from the age of 18, Mark qualified as a social worker in 1991, at the time the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 was being embedded in practice. In 2007 he was awarded a BA Hons in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care from Bournemouth University and a full Post Qualifying Social Work award. He is experienced in leadership and management of teams, and from 2015 to 2017 was the Principal Social Worker for adults with Leicestershire County Council providing leadership and management to support the development of social work practice to staff, managers and leaders, alongside local, regional and national guidelines, policies and initiatives.

Mark’s experience, knowledge and skills lead him to be a confident manager and leader, where staff are recognised for the unique contribution and difference they can individually make to the work environment and the individuals that they come into contact with.

Programme Outline:

9.30 Arrival & Coffee

10.00 Safeguarding adults in context

• Safeguarding and the strategic context – the role of the named professional in law and policy

• Understanding the Intercollegiate adult safeguarding roles and competencies framework

• Evidence-based safeguarding practice – what is the research telling us?


11.45 Level 4: The Named Professional Role and Competency Expectations

• Contribution of the named professional role to strategic and operational safeguarding in locality contexts.

• The Core Competencies – an overview

• The Knowledge, skills, attitudes and values – an overview

• Leadership for safeguarding within organisations

13.00 LUNCH

13.45 The Core Competencies in practice

• Roles and responsibilities at level 4: Self-assessment and development planning

15.15 COFFEE

15.30 Assessment & Quality Assurance of Safeguarding in organisations: Leadership for practice quality.

• Assessing competencies – setting and assuring standards

• The role of Audit in quality assurance.

• Safeguarding supervision – core skills and knowledge

16.30 Evaluation and Feedback

16.45 CLOSE


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