July 2021

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

This pages provides information about the latest changes, how to use this resource and its main features, including Amendments to this edition.

Contents

Finding your way around this Resource

This site is structured into different sections.

Front Page

There are five main buttons:

Procedures sections

From the Front Page, if you click on either ASC procedures or TSSP procedures it will take you to the 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);
  • COVID-19 contains links to Government resources and a list of new and amended chapters as a result of new legislation and national guidance;
  • Contents contains the policies, procedures and practice guidance chapters. If you click on either ‘ASC Contents’ or ‘TSSP Contents’ it will take you to the whole contents list, or you can see the different sections by clicking on the arrow on the right of either ‘ASC Contents’ or 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.

Please contact Neil Humphreys, DoLS Quality Assurance Manager at Trafford Council, using the Contact Form, if you have any queries or suggestions.

Accessibility Options

This resource has a number of different options to aide online reading. When you are on the home page, choose ‘Accessibility’ drop down menu on the right side of the screen. There is large text, green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting. You can use large text with any of the other options.

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 though 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 Mobile Phones and Tablets

This resource works well on internet enabled mobile phones and tablets by typing in the weblink in the internet address bar. When used on a mobile phone, the website will immediately convert into a mobile phone friendly version, where the tabs sit behind the Menu button. If it does not work straightaway, tap on the refresh circle in the address bar.

If your phone or tablet has a reader option (it may be an ‘R’ or say ‘Reader’ in the address bar, you may have to install it), tap on it and it will convert the text into a more easy to read version for phones or tablets.

Resources

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

For ease of use, if you can open the resource in two tabs next to each other you can click on the Resources section to consult related resources without leaving the chapter you are reading.

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.

When you complete and submit the form, it is stored in a secure database accessed only by Trafford managers.

ePractice

Some of the chapters in the Adult Social Care APPP (AssessmentPersonalisation, Care and Support PlanningAdult Safeguarding and Mental Capacity) have epractice questions at the end, which help you test your understanding of the chapter and provide evidence for your continuing professional development.

At the top of the questions are some fields about who you are (name, job title, service name and email address) as well as where to send your results. It also asks for your manager’s email address.

The questions tare 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. Your manager will also be notified of your results.

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.

23 July 2021: Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Mental Capacity A link has been added in the scope box to Carrying Out and Recording Capacity Assessments published by 39 Essex Chambers and to a video released by SCIE: Mental Capacity Act making ‘best interests’ decisions moving home.
Best Interests This chapter has been updated to include a link in the scope box to a SCIE video. Best Interests Decisions: the Role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate.
Working with Adults Affected by Child Sexual Exploitation and Organised Sexual Abuse This chapter has been updated throughout. In particular, sections 1, 2.1 and 2.3 have been amended.
Working with Adults with Autism A link has been added in the scope box to Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People, published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Data Protection: Legislation and Practice    This chapter was amended to reflect the introduction of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (which replaced the European Union GDPR), with additional information also included.
Lone Working A link has been added in the scope box to Protecting Lone Workers: How to Manage the Risks of Working Alone, published by the Health and Safety Executive.
Risk Assessments A link has been added in the scope box to Risk identification and virtual interventions for social workers, published by SCIE.
Promoting Wellbeing A link has been added in the scope box to Prevention and Wellbeing, published by SCIE.
New chapter
Working with People Living with Frailty  This practice guidance chapter outlines some of the main issues for people who are frail.

23 July 2021: Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Domestic Abuse This chapter has been updated to reflect the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021
Mental Capacity A link has been added to Carrying Out and Recording Capacity Assessments published by 39 Essex Chambers.
Protecting Property of Adults being Cared for away from Home, including Pets This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Good Practice Guides, published by the RSPCA.
Working with Adults Affected by Child Sexual Exploitation and Organised Sexual Abuse This chapter has been updated throughout. In particular, sections 1, 2.1 and 2.3 have been amended.
Data Protection: Legislation and Guidance This chapter was amended to reflect the introduction of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (which replaced the European Union GDPR), with additional information also included.
Working with Adults with Autism This chapter has been updated as a link has been added to Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People, published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
New chapter
Working with People Living with Frailty This practice guidance chapter outlines some of the main issues for people who are frail.

9 April 2021: Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Care Act Easements: Guidance for Local Authorities This chapter has been removed as a result of recent changes to the Coronavirus Act.
Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter has been amended to remove the section on NHS and Local Authority Care and Support, as a result of recent changes to the Coronavirus Act.

9 April 2021: Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter Detail
Care Act Easements: Guidance for Local Authorities This chapter has been removed as a result of recent changes to the Coronavirus Act.
Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter has been amended to remove the section on NHS and Local Authority Care and Support, as a result of recent changes to the Coronavirus Act.

8 February 2021: Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter title Detail
Amended chapters There are no amendments to existing chapters for this edition.
New chapters
The Whole-Family Approach This chapter provides guidance about using the Whole-Family Approach in daily practice.
Working with Adults with Autism This chapter provides guidance for staff working with an adult with autism.

8 February 2021: Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter title Detail
Amended chapters There are no amendments to existing chapters for this edition.
New chapters
The Whole-Family Approach This chapter provides guidance about using the Whole-Family Approach in daily practice.
Working with Adults with Autism This chapter provides guidance for staff working with an adult with autism.

29 December 2020: Trafford Adult Social Care

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Amended chapter
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Section 2.1.1 Best Interests has been amended to reflect updated Government guidance in relation to offering a  vaccine to those who lack the relevant mental capacity.

29 December 2020: Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Amended chapter
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Section 2.1.1 Best Interests has been amended to reflect updated Government guidance in relation to offering a  vaccine to those who lack the relevant mental capacity.

28 October 2020: Trafford Adult Social Care

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Amended chapter
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter was amended to reflect updated Government guidance. New information has been marked Additional Guidance – October 2020.

28 October 2020: Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Amended chapter
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter was amended to reflect updated Government guidance. New information has been marked Additional Guidance – October 2020.

11 October 2020: Trafford Adult Social Care only

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Amended chapter
Hospital Discharge Service This chapter has been updated throughout as a result of revised Government guidance on hospital discharge.
New chapter
Coronavirus: Reintroduction of NHS Continuing Health Care Assessments This chapter outlines the process for reintroducing NHS CHC Assessments.

24 September 2020:

Trafford Adult Social Care

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter was amended to reflect updated Government guidance regarding carrying out face to face assessments and professional visits. This new information has been marked ‘Additional Guidance – September 2020’.

Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter was amended to reflect updated Government guidance regarding carrying out face to face assessments and professional visits. This new information has been marked ‘Additional Guidance – September 2020’.
Care Act Easements: Summary This chapter has been amended to reflect changes in the Care Act Easements guidance, that is reference to advocates.

5 September 2020: Trafford Adult Social Care only

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Chapter title Detail
Care Act Easements: Guidance for Local Authorities This chapter has been updated as a result of revised DHSC guidance.
Hospital Discharge A link has been added to the revised hospital discharge guidance. This chapter will be updated as soon as possible.
Continuing Health Care (NHS) A link has been added to the new continuing health care guidance. This chapter will be updated as soon as possible.

July 2020

Trafford Adult Social Care APPP

Chapter  Detail
Amended chapters
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter has been updated with additional guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Death of a Worker in Social Care  This chapter was amended throughout as a result of updated Government guidance.
Carers Breaks A link was added to Supporting Adult Carers, published by NICE.
Making Safeguarding Personal  A link has been added in the scope box to Making Safeguarding Personal Case Studies 2018/19 (LGA and ADASS)
Dementia: Practice Guidance  Section 1, Introduction has been updated in relation to statistics and links.
Disclosure and Barring Service  Some links have been updated in this chapter.
Transition to Adult Care and Support  Added link in scope box to Welcome to Preparing for Adulthood: The Role of Social Workers published by SCIE.
Safeguarding Procedures for Responding in Individual Cases A link has been added in the scope box to Making Decisions on the Duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults Enquiries: Resources, published by the Local Government Association.
Information Sharing and Confidentiality A link has been added in the scope box to Professional Standards and Guidance, published by Social Work England.
Professional Capabilities for Social Work  A link has been added in the scope box to Professional Standards and Guidance, published by Social Work England.
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights  A link has been added in the scope box to Social Work and Human Rights: A Practice Guide published by the British Association of Social Workers.
Staff Engagement This chapter has been updated throughout, including new references.
Reablement Service A link has been added to reablement resources published by SCIE on their website.
New chapters
There are no new chapters in this edition.
New features
Quick Reads and Audio Summaries Some chapters have Quick Read summaries 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.

July 2020

Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership APPP

Chapter  Detail
Amended chapters
Making Safeguarding Personal  A link has been added in the scope box to Making Safeguarding Personal Case Studies 2018/19 (LGA and ADASS)
Carers: Preventing, Reducing or Delaying Needs A link was added to Supporting Adult Carers, published by NICE.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic  This chapter has been updated with additional guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Death of a Worker in Social Care This chapter was amended throughout as a result of updated Government guidance.
Dementia: Practice Guidance  Section 1, Introduction has been updated in relation to statistics and links.
Disclosure and Barring Service  Some links have been updated in this chapter.
Supervision: Social Workers involved in Safeguarding Enquiries A link has been added to Effective Supervision in a Variety of Settings published by SCIE.
Transition to Adult Care and Support  Added link in scope box to Welcome to Preparing for Adulthood: The Role of Social Workers published by SCIE.
Safeguarding Children  This chapter was updated to reflect the change to Safeguarding Children Partnerships.
Modern Slavery Section 6.5, National Referral Mechanism has been revised to include revised links to information from the UK Government about making a referral.
New chapters
Cuckooing ‘Cuckooing‘ is the term for professional criminal gangs targeting the homes of adults who they have identified as vulnerable. This chapter provides information about victims, perpetrators, signs and what action to take if cuckooing is suspected.
New features
Quick Reads and Audio Summaries Some chapters have Quick Read summaries 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.

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.

Please contact Neil Humphreys, DoLS Quality Assurance Manager at Trafford Council, using the Contact Form, if you have any queries or suggestions.

Date of Next Revision

This APPP is usually updated every six months. The next revision, therefore, will be available in August 2021.

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 Search.

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.

Practice Hotspots

The Practice Hotspots section is managed by Neil Humphreys, MCA and DoLS Service Manager in Trafford  and contains information about current practice issues for all practitioners working with adults in Trafford.

Social Work Forums

The Social Work Forums is a facility for staff in Trafford Adult Social Care to discuss different practice issues. It is located within the Practice Hotspots section (see above) of this APPP. Only staff employed by Trafford Adult Social Care can participate. When you enter your email address to sign up, you must first agree to the terms of use for the Forums.

Click here to read Using the Social Work Forums.

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. It is easier to update web-based procedures rather than a hard-copy manual, and version control is very effectively managed. Reducing or eliminating printing cuts costs, as well as preserving valuable resources.

If you print a chapter, to take to a meeting for example, please note it will have a water mark stating it is valid for 72 hours only and the date it was printed. Whilst APPP resources are usually updated every six months, there may be occasions when it is updated urgently 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. That is why we recommend that if you have to print a chapter, you no longer refer to it after that time.

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