This site contains policies, procedures and practice guidance for Trafford Adult Social Care and Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership.

This page provides information about how to use this resource and its main features, including recent Amendments.

Contents

Finding your way around this Resource

This site is structured into different sections.

Front Page

There are seven buttons:

Procedures sections

From the front page of the APPP, if you click on either ASC procedures or TSSP procedures it will take you to a Contents page, from where you can access either set of procedures.

Where ASC and TSSP have the same chapter titles, the TSSP ones have ‘(TSSP)’ written after the title.

There are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen (when viewed on a computer):

  • Home contains the Using the APPP Resource (this page) and Register with Us (see below);
  • ASC contents;
  • TSSP contents;
  • Resources provides a range of relevant supporting information (see also below). The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
  • Contact contains local contact details for Trafford teams, services and partner organisations.

Accessibility Options

This portal has a number of different options to aid online reading. Using the ‘Accessibility’ drop-down menu on the left-side of the screen, you can change to green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting.You can also resize the website by pressing CTRL and + together to make the site larger, you can keep pressing this to increase the zoom level. Pressing CTRL and – together makes the site smaller. This is a feature built into your web browser, known as in-browser zooming, and so depending on the browser you’re using the controls may be different.

In addition, the site is designed to be accessible for users of text only and screen reader software programs which allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Our content is consistently structured, including headings, which makes using the software on our site easier. Also, when viewed through screen reader software, every page has a ‘Skip to main content’ link which allows software users to go straight to the main content of that page instead of receiving the full navigation options every time. Please share this information with blind or visually impaired colleagues.

Using the APPP Resource on Smartphones and Tablets

This resource works well on  smartphones and tablets. When used on mobile device, the website will immediately convert into a mobile friendly version, where the tabs sit behind the Menu button.

Adding Shortcuts to the APPP

You can easily access the APPP by installing a shortcut on your device, which will directly open up your internet browser to the APPP site. You can do so using the following methods:

  • on desktop / laptops: go to the homepage of the APPP website in your internet browser, then bookmark it using your browser’s bookmark feature. Open your browser’s list of bookmarked websites and drag the APPP bookmark onto the desktop of your device.
  • on smartphones / tablets: go to the homepage of the APPP website in your internet browser, and do the following:
    • On Android devices – click the three dots, and select ‘add to home screen‘.
    • On iOS / Apple – click the share icon Apple share icon, scroll down the page and select ‘add to home screen

Resources

The Resources section contains a number of links and documents to supplement the information in chapters. It includes

Reading Confirmation

This form, at the bottom of each chapter, enables staff to confirm they have read chapters in this APPP. This is useful for newly employed staff as part of their induction and for supervision, continuing professional development and team discussions for example. This is for those accessing either the Adult Social Care or the Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership procedures.

ePractice

Some key chapters in this APPP site have ePractice questions at the end, which help you test your understanding of the subject and provide evidence for your continuing professional development. Click here to find the full list of ePractice chapters.

At the top of the questions you are asked to provide your name and email address and your manager’s email address so we can send you the results.

The questions are straightforward to answer. Some will only allow for a single choice of answer, for example true or false, and others have check boxes which allow you to tick as many as you feel apply.

Once you reach the end just click on the blue’ Submit’ button to send in your answers. All questions must be answered before you can do this. You will automatically be taken to a detailed results page, showing you how you did and explaining the answers further. You’ll also receive a copy of those results via email, as well as a certificate of completion should you pass.

Amendments

With each revised edition of this APPP resource, we indicate which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is available in the table below and at the top of each relevant chapter.

January 2024 – Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

New and Updated Chapters Detail
Safeguarding Adults and Culturally Competent Practice This chapter, which is new, highlights the importance of recognising and trying to understand people’s cultural identities when working to safeguard them and promote their needs.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  This chapter has been rewritten to reflect the latest statutory guidance.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect the latest Forced Marriage Statutory Guidance.
Historic (Non-Recent) Allegations of Abuse – Including Sexual Abuse This new chapter contains information for practitioners on the action to take if an adult discloses abuse they experienced in the past. It includes advice on how to support the adult concerned.
Pressure Ulcers: Safeguarding Adults Protocol This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect the contents of the Department of Health and Social Care protocol on Pressure Ulcers and Raising a Safeguarding Concern.

November 2023 – Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Updated Chapters Detail
Criminal Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults: County Lines This chapter has been been updated throughout to reflect updated Home Office County Lines guidance.
Cuckooing This chapter has been been updated throughout to reflect updated Home Office County Lines guidance.

November 2023 – Trafford Adult Social Care

New chapter Detail
Social Work Registration Policy for Adult Social Care The policy describes the support Trafford Council will provide to social workers to main their registration with Social Work England.

July 2023 – Trafford Adult Social Care 

Updated chapter Detail
Preparing for Adulthood Policy This policy sets out Trafford’s commitment to supporting young people who may have the need for additional care and support as they reach adulthood.

June 2023 – Trafford Adult Social Care

New chapter Detail
Adult Services Customer Feedback Strategy (2022-25) This strategy sets out how Adult Services will engage with customers to understand how they have found their care journey. This feedback will help to develop and improve the quality of services provided.

March 2023 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Updated chapter Detail
Trafford Adult Social Care Supervision Policy The Supervision Policy provides staff with a common framework and clear expectations for supervision. It is designed to ensure consistent supervision practice across the service, to guarantee minimum supervisory standards and to help all involved be clear about what to expect from supervision.

24 February 2023 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Updated chapter Detail
Adults Electronic Care File Recording and Record Audit Policy This Trafford Council policy on care recording and audit has been reviewed and updated as required.

28 November 2022 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
New chapters
Working with People Living in Poverty This new chapter outlines some of the main issues around living in poverty, including how it affects people with care and support needs and how it can impact on safeguarding adults. It also contains information about practical ways to support people living in poverty.
Presenting Statements for Court and Working with Legal Services This guidance, which is new, provides an overview of the main issues for adult social care professionals when asked to prepare statements for court and work with the legal services department.

28 November 2022 – Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter Detail
Amended chapter
Modern Slavery This chapter has been rewritten to reflect the latest version of the Modern Slavery Statutory Guidance published by the Home Office.
New chapter
Working with People Living in Poverty This new chapter outlines some of the main issues around living in poverty, including how it affects people with care and support needs and how it can impact on safeguarding adults. It also contains information about practical ways to support people living in poverty.

31 October 2022 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Preventing, Reducing or Delaying Needs The four models of intermediate care described in Section 3, Intermediate Care and Reablement have been updated and the reference changed
Homelessness This chapter has been updated to include reference to a new category of priority need which was introduced in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Assessment This chapter has been updated to add information about strengths-based assessments, including a new Section 2, Strengths Based Approaches in Assessment
Charging and Financial Assessment This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. Additional detail on Light Touch and Full Assessments has been added (see section 2.6), along with a summary of Financial Information which the Local Authority takes into Account (see section 4.4).  A new section 4.5 has also been added, containing information on income which must be disregarded or partially disregarded.
Disability Related Expenditure This chapter has been updated throughout to include additional detail in relation to charging, and to reference the Norfolk judgement.
No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated. New sections have been added on: Asylum Seekers and Modern Slavery.

31 October 2022 – Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Preventing, Reducing or Delaying Needs The four models of intermediate care described in Section 3, Intermediate Care and Reablement have been updated and the reference changed.
Homelessness This chapter has been updated to include reference to a new category of priority need which was introduced in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Disclosure and Barring A new section 4.2 has been added to provide detail on the adult first service provided by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS). Organisations can use adult first to request a check of the DBS adults’ barred list. Depending on the result, a person can be permitted to start work, under supervision, with adults before a DBS certificate has been obtained.
No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated.

26 May 2022 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Hospital Discharge Service This chapter has been rewritten as a result of updated hospital discharge guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care.

04 March 2022 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Hospital Discharge Service This chapter has been revised throughout as a result of updated hospital discharge guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care, including details of the national funding settlement for the period 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

22 February 2022 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter  Detail
Amended chapters
Assessment, Care and Support Planning, and Equality, Diversity and Human Rights chapters These chapters were updated to include a link in the scope boxes to Culturally Appropriate Care, published by the Care Quality Commission.
Personalisation This chapter was updated to include a link to Culturally Appropriate Care published by the Care Quality Commission and Personalisation in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities: Report published by Think Local, Act Personal.
Care Act 2014 This chapter was updated to include a video published by SCIE: An Introduction to the Care Act 2014.
New chapters
Preventing Falls This new chapter outlines issues to consider when working with people who have had or may be at risk of having a fall.
Domestic Abuse This chapter (outlines the new Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and main considerations for people experiencing domestic abuse. It will be updated as different parts are being enacted at different times.
New and revised Glossary terms There are new terms for forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called honour based abuse.

22 February 2022 – Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter  Detail
Amended chapters
Care and Support Planning, and Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in a Safeguarding Context chapters These chapters were updated to include a link in the scope boxes to Culturally Appropriate Care, published by the Care Quality Commission.
Care Act 2014 This chapter was updated to include a video published by SCIE: An Introduction to the Care Act 2014.
New chapters
Preventing Falls This new chapter outlines issues to consider when working with people who have had or may be at risk of having a fall.
New and revised Glossary terms There are new terms for forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called honour based abuse.

The chapter you wish to amend must be copied into Word and amended using track changes. Click here Making Changes to Chapters for information about how to make the changes in the way we require.

Date of Next Revision

This APPP is usually updated every six months, but can be more often. Please make sure you are registered to receive notifications from us about updates (see Register with Us).

Search

On the home screen, type in the word or phrase you are looking for in the ‘Search’ facility and press ‘Enter’. It will bring up a list of all the chapters where it appears. Click on the one you want. The word / phrase will remain highlighted in the chapter.

Where chapters have the same titles in the ASC and TSSP contents, the TSSP chapters end with ‘(TSSP)’ to easily identify them when using the search facility.

To make sure the search results more accurately reflect what you are looking for, you can add inverted commas (also known as speech marks) to the word or term you are looking for, for example “safeguarding” or “adult safeguarding”.

If you want to search for specific text within a chapter or a pdf document, you can also press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘f’ together. A box will appear in the top right of your screen. Type in the word / phrase you want to find and press ‘Enter’. The number of times it appears in the chapter will be displayed next to your word. Use the up and down arrows next to it to find all the references.

Quick Reads and Audio Summaries

Some chapters have summaries (Quick Reads) and Audios which provide key information for staff who do not need to know the full detail of the chapter. They are located at the top of the relevant chapter. A full list can be found in Quick Reads and Audios, in Resources.

Register with Us

We recommend you ‘Register with Us‘. This enables us to notify you that your APPP resource has been updated, which is usually every six months. By submitting this information, you will only receive email notifications from us in relation to APPP updates and your information will not be given to any third parties.

Print

This resource has been designed to be used online. If you print a chapter, for example to take to a meeting, please note it is valid for 72 hours only from the date it was printed. Whilst the APPP is usually updated every six months, there may be occasions when it is updated as a result of a Safeguarding Adults Review or inspection recommendation, so it is important to be sure that you are using the most recent copy. This is why we recommend that if you have to print a chapter, you no longer refer to it after that time.

Please remember that the resource can be also accessed on smartphones and tablets (see Using the APPP Resource on Smartphones and Tablets).

Copyright

The chapter content in this resource can be accessed, downloaded and printed unchanged, on a temporary basis. Any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in part or in whole in any manner or format without the prior written permission of Policy Partners Project Ltd.

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