54.1 The Acting Head of Adult Safeguarding presented the main areas of activity undertaken by the GSAB in the period 2017 to 2018. Using case studies she also drew member’s attention to safeguarding adults reviews undertaken during this time period. These cases illustrated the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the individual and their longer term effect.
54.2 The committee was pleased to note that the GSAB was already working closely with the Gloucestershire Children’s Safeguarding Board (GSCB) as it was clear that there is learning across the lifecycle.
54.3 It was agreed that Housing had a significant role in safeguarding matters; housing officers have powers that safeguarding officers do not, eg. the right to enter their property, and were well placed to spot concerns and report them. The committee noted that housing providers were active members of the GSAB.
54.4 The committee was concerned with regard to those people placed out of area, both by this council and by other local authorities placing people in Gloucestershire. People placed out of area were more vulnerable to abuse as they were at distance from family and friends and a case study described in the Annual Report deftly demonstrated this. A particular concern related to people placed in Gloucestershire by other local authorities. An important factor was that the placing authority should (continue to) ensure that placements were suitable and that the individual was safe. However the committee heard that this does not always happen and this council has no powers to enforce this duty. It is also of concern that providers did not always inform this council when a person from out of the area was placed with them, despite there being a clear expectation from GCC Commissioning. There was ongoing work in this area to address this. Committee members agreed that this area would benefit from better regulation and agreed that it would write to the Secretary of State for Health and Care with its concerns.
ACTION Andrea Clarke
54.5 In response to a question it was explained that the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which was now located in Shire Hall, currently focused on children. The longer term ambition expressed by the Assistant Chief Constable was to make this an all age group. Members indicated that they would like to visit the MASH.
ACTION Andrea Clarke
54.6 It was explained that if a member of the public reported a concern it was difficult to let them know what action had been taken as the consent of the individual concerned was required.
54.7 Members questioned what was being done to identify young adults who were at risk and what support was available. In response it was explained that this would be a specific focus for the GSAB this year. It was stated that recent research talked of children “walking off the cliff edge at the age of 18” in terms of services available to them; it was important to understand how these gaps could be filled. In response it was explained that this would be a specific focus for the GSAB this year. It was stated that recent research talked of children walking off the cliff edge at the age of 18; it was important to understand how these gaps could be filled andwhat we could do to help people overcome what they faced in childhood; this was about a trauma informed approach (Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)).