36. The Biennial Reports covering the period 2012-14 indicated this period was a time of consolidation of practice. Priorities for the future tended to relate to the national priority projects, examples included:
- Further initiatives to prevent financial harm will be taken forward in conjunction with the Community Safety Partnership.
Adult Protection in Care Homes
- Reviewing and amending adult protection practice in care homes; and
- The Quality and Development Partnership group will progress a whole systems approach to reducing harm in care settings with local providers.
Service User and Carer Involvement
- continuing to explore the appropriate means of engaging with service users and carers to hear and respond to their views;
- developing a network for Service Users to input into planning, etc., in a more user friendly way;
- increasing the membership of the Service User and Carer Group and for it to develop an awareness raising and training role;
- public awareness raising and engagement;
- training for staff and service users; and
- protection planning processes will be reviewed by Social Work in conjunction with the Consultation Group to make them outcome-focussed and more accessible to service users and carers.
37. Other priorities included:
- practitioners having access to a progressive learning and development programme relevant to their agency and professional role;
- Develop and pilot bespoke training for A&E staff;
- Extend awareness training invitation, in relation to Adults at risk of Financial Harm, to Benefits Agency and CAB; and
- Implement training targeted at Care Home and Care at Home managers and staff.
Links with other policy initiatives
- taking an active role in the development of health and social care integration to ensure that adult support and protection services are integrated into the developing structures and processes;
- A joint methodology will be established to support partnership efforts to respond to harm and protection issues across the lifespan in the context of local adult health and social work integration;
- a joint task group will be established to develop effective and practical local approaches to responding to self-harm; and
- Plan joint awareness approach with Self Directed Support lead.
Collaboration between agencies
- promoting better links and developing more integrated working between adult protection, child protection and public protection;
- exploring the potential for direct signposting of adults from police reports to relevant third sector organisations (where they don't meet the criteria of adults at risk of harm);
- tackling remaining concerns about low level of referrals from health professionals
- improving GP engagement; and
- core agencies will implement the multi-agency audit action plan and develop meaningful single and multi-agency Adult Support and Protection performance indicators. A wider range of agencies will participate in future multi-agency case-file audits.
Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division
Email: Jean Harper, Jean.Harper@gov.scot