Improving Adult Safeguarding Practice: What does good look like?
Today's morning Chair Kenny Gibson, Head of Adult Safeguarding, NHS England
Kenny Gibson is the National Head of Safeguarding for the NHS, overseeing several portfolios including Exploitation, Contextual Safeguarding; Trauma Informed Care; Prevent in the NHS and Child Protection Information System.
Having begun his NHS career as a laundry assistant in 1980 at a mental health unit, Kenny was encouraged to become a nursing assistant and then trained as a nurse and then a midwife.
Kenny has held various operational, management and strategic posts in both community and public health but always with nursing at the heart of these roles.
Prior to becoming the Head of Safeguarding for NHS England, Kenny was the Head of Public Health Commissioning for London.
Kenny is passionate about connecting with and listening to patients, carers and health practitioners in order to improve services and experiences within the NHS, as well as to empower people about their own well-being.
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Using the learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) to identify systemic risk issues and improve practice
Shirley Williams, Independent Chair, Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board, Chair & Author, Safeguarding Adult Reviews
I am a registered social worker and have worked in front line roles in probation service, residential child care, social services and at all levels of management, including acting Director.
Mostly self employed for 15 years, undertaking interim management posts; whole service reviews; reviews of complex cases, including Serious Case Reviews/Safeguarding Adult Reviews; audits of safeguarding cases and agency processes, including peer reviews of Safeguarding. Investigated complaints, chaired Complaint Panels, acted as a mediator and mentor/coach, and investigated personnel matters in health and social service organisations. Contributor to and peer reviewer for the Journal of Adult Protection and Mental Health Journals.
Independent Chair of Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board and co-ordinate North West SAB Chairs Group; and formerly joint project lead for the NW Joint Improvement Partnership/NW ADASS on supporting the development of Safeguarding Adults Boards.
I chair my local Mind organisation, and am a trustee of another charity.
Shirley comments: "The best safeguarding you’ve got is to know your legislation, the language of the legislation and to be able to pin point what your role is in that area and your organisation."
Why/purpose of a SAR? SARs should seek to determine what the relevant agencies and individuals involved in the case might have done differently that could have prevented harm or death. This is so that lessons can be learned from the case and those lessons applied to future cases to prevent similar harm occurring again. Its purpose is not to hold any individual or organisation to account. This may be where a case can provide useful insights into the way organisations are working together to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect of adults. SARs may also be used to explore examples of good practice where this is likely to identify lessons that can be applied to future cases."
"Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) must arrange a SAR when an adult in its area dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult."