Development of a self-assessment tool to measure the effectiveness of interagency working in safeguarding adults work

The study sought to investigate the key enablers and barriers to effective collaboration between health, police and social care agencies, from the perspective of staff members involved in the work of the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) and staff from other agencies that are not required to be SAB members.

The report presents findings from a small scale study of inter-agency collaboration in relation to adult safeguarding that took place in the East of England in 2015. Participants viewed relationships between professionals as important, they valued being co-located with staff from other agencies. Health agencies (particularly GPs) were most often seen as distant or disengaged. Information sharing was not seen as such a big barrier to collaborations as the literature suggests. The study findings could be used to develop a self-assessment tool for SABs to assess the strength of local safeguarding partnerships.  
Helen Sutherland,
9 Jun 2016, 02:23