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Learning from Audits

To ensure safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in its area, the Walsall Safeguarding Adults Board also undertake audits with agencies across the partnership who work with vulnerable adults. The group responsible for undertaking this work is the Multi-Agency Audits Group. This sits as a sub group of the safeguarding board’s quality assurance and performance group and has a planned cycle of audit activity which is centred around the board’s priorities along with encompassing key learning from SARs and Learning Reviews.

During April—June 2018 the theme for the deep dive cases was the multi-agency partnership response to self-neglect. The audit highlighted:

  • learning for partners’ understanding of self-neglect
  • good multi-agency work and clear risk assessments

A key recommendation from the audits was consideration to adopt the Pan West Midlands policy and procedures on self-neglect. This includes developing a pathway to follow with self-neglect cases.