As part of National Safeguarding Adults Week, we are shining a spotlight on ways we all can develop our knowledge about safeguarding, as well as sharing how we support our staff to identify the signs that someone may be at risk.
There are plenty of ways we help our staff and the people we support to develop their understanding of safeguarding, including:
The Safeguarding Adults Checklist
MacIntyre was part of the team that created The Ann Craft Trust's Safeguarding Adults Checklist. The checklist is quick and easy to complete and will enable you or your organisation to assess your understanding of safeguarding.
MacIntyre's Safeguarding Group
Any incidents are reported and collated centrally and recounted at the quarterly Safeguarding Group meetings. These meetings are chaired by an operational Director and attended by the CEO of the Ann Craft Trust as an external expert.
The group reviews all safeguarding incidents, shares knowledge and reflects on organisational experiences in order to continuously improve MacIntyre’s safeguarding practice. Representatives from every area of the organisation then disseminate knowledge and learning within their teams.
Staff at every level of the organisation undertake safeguarding training. A key part of this is the message of ‘if in doubt, raise it’ in reference to any concerns or queries that staff may have, and enforcing the knowledge that MacIntyre will always support anyone who raises a concern in good faith.
Keep Safe Days
Keep Safe Days are organised by our staff and provide the opportunity for the people we support to learn and discuss topics together such as online safety.
My Voice Group
Our My Voice groups across the country provide an opportunity for the people we support to share their views and discuss important issues, including how to keep safe.
Our senior staff teams also ensure they are involved in the people’s we support’s lives; attending events and organising visits. This way, the people we support know any member of the team is approachable if they have a concern they would like to raise.
Speaking about the importance of being visible as a manager, Tina Murray, MacIntyre's Area Manager for Bedfordshire and Herts said:
“The more people see you, the more likely they will open up to you if they have a concern.”
To find out more about safeguarding at MacIntyre contact using the form below.