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Undertaking a Safeguarding Adults Review

Alison Ridley and Fran Pearson SCIE accredited reviewers spoke at today’s Adult Safeguarding Investigations & Safeguarding Adults Reviews conference giving step by step guidance to undertaking a Safeguarding Adults review:

The purpose of having a Safeguarding Adults Review is not to reinvestigate, nor to apportion blame, it is to establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the circumstances of the case, about the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to Safeguard Adults at Risk. This interactive extended session will provide step by step guide to undertaking a Safeguarding Adults Review in line with the principles set down by the new Care Act 2014 guidance, developing a systems approach for case reviews. The session will also look inter agency processes, the work of the serious case review panel and at the implications of the Care Act 2014 on Adult Safeguarding Reviews.

Fran Pearson and Alison Ridley – Undertaking  a Safeguarding Adult Review

This interactive session explores how the key messages from the Care Act will shape the process of commissioning and undertaking a Safeguarding Adult Review. The theoretical methodology that underpins the SCIE ‘Learning Together’ model will be outlined, and the practical steps involved in using the SCIE model discussed. The model places a significant emphasis on engaging with the front line staff involved in the review. The SCIE model provides analysis of the specific case and also generates broader generic learning about how the local safeguarding system is functioning. 

The session will enable participants to consider the practical issues involved in undertaking a Safeguarding Adults Review that are relevant to service users, family members, lead reviewers, front line staff, managers and members of the Safeguarding Adults Board. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share their own examples of the challenges involved in undertaking a Safeguarding Adults Review and what has worked well.

1.    SCIE ‘Learning Together’ model for undertaking Serious Case Review /Safeguarding Adult Reviews: 
2.    The Care Act 2015 

Fran and Alison’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Alison Ridley qualified as a social worker in 1990 and an initially practised within Child Protection. She subsequently moved into the Adult Mental Health sector, working as an Approved Social Worker for many years. Alison works for Hampshire County Council, and has undertaken a variety of management and strategic roles, specialising within adult safeguarding since 2006. 
Alison is accredited as a Lead Reviewer for the SCIE ‘Learning Together’ to lead Serious Case Reviews /Safeguarding Adults Reviews. Alison also works as an independent safeguarding consultant, and is currently leading a Safeguarding Adults Review in London.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Hertfordshire College of Higher Education 1986), MSc in Applied Social Studies (Oxford University 1990), Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, MSc in Leadership and Management (Southampton University 2008). 

Fran Pearson is an independent safeguarding consultant and board chair. When Local Safeguarding Children Boards were established in 2006, she was one of the first independent LSCB chairs in the country, and since then has chaired both adults’ and children’s safeguarding boards. Fran is a practitioner of ‘Learning Together’ - a systems methodology for Serious Case Reviews that has been pioneered by Social Care Institute for Excellence, for whom Fran works as a trainer and SCR author.

Fran graduated from King's College London with a History degree, and trained as a social worker at Lancaster University. Since then her career has been based in London, firstly in local authorities and in NHS commissioning. Fran then led the political side of service improvement - she was elected in London Borough of Hackney in 1998 and spent eight years as lead councillor for social care and health.

Forthcoming events of interest:

Self Neglect & Adult Safeguarding
Wednesday 6 May 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Health Services: Implementing the New Care Act 2014: Revised Regulations and Guidance
Wednesday 17 June 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Self Neglect & Adult Safeguarding
Monday 5 October 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: Alison Ridley & Fran Pearson full presentation

20 April 2015


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