Co-ordinating responses to allegations of adult abuse
We work closely with partner organisations to coordinate a multi agency response to allegations of adult abuse. This is co-ordinated by the independent Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board. Membership includes representatives from Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police, NHS Manchester, the Acute Trusts, and the Voluntary, Community and Independent Sector.
The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) has particular responsibility for safeguarding and protecting adults from abuse, although the board will seek to ensure that all of its work is carried out in such a way that positively impacts on improved outcomes in all areas of the lives of adults in Manchester.
The main purpose of the MSAB is to ensure that all organisations providing or commissioning services for adults in Manchester work in a coordinated way that promotes health and well being, safeguarding and the protection of adults from abuse in Manchester.
Awareness of the abuse of adults at risk is growing; numerous reports and research studies have proven the need to be proactive in this area by developing greater awareness, responding effectively and working together to minimise the possibility of such situations.
In addition, the government has indicated that safeguarding adults should be a priority for all agencies. The implementation of the Mental Capacity Act (2005), which created a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or neglect of a vulnerable adult who lacks capacity, has also demonstrated that there is political will to begin to address the power imbalances that exist between service users and the wider community.
Manchester is pleased to have a revised and updated Multi-agency Policy for the Safeguarding of Adults, which will reinforce existing effective joint working and ensure policy and legislative frameworks across the range of agencies involved with vulnerable people and their carers.