Our Strategic Plan 

April 2021 - March 2022

1. Our Vision:

The Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board is a statutory body with a strategic responsibility to work with its members and partners to protect and support adults with care and support needs from abuse, neglect and self-neglect in Leeds. The Board's vision is for Leeds to become: A safe place for everyone 


2. Our 3 Year Ambitions for 2020/21 – 2022/23

Our Strategic Plan sets out how the Board will work towards achieving its Vision for Leeds. Our plan is based around four key ambitions that will guide our work and priorities:

a.    Develop citizen-led approaches to safeguarding

What we want for citizens in Leeds:

'I am able to influence how people are safeguarded in Leeds'

Talk to me, Hear my voice is a phrase given to us by citizen groups in Leeds. It is their call for safeguarding practice and arrangements in the city to be informed by the voices of those we are here to safeguard. Our objectives each year will include areas of development which will take us towards being citizen-led.

b.    Improve awareness of safeguarding across all communities and partner organisations

What we want for citizens in Leeds:

'I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, and how I can get help'
'I am confident that services that I go to, know how best to support me'

We are committed to working with communities and partners to ensure people know how to seek help and have the confidence to do so. We will identify annual objectives each year that will help promote awareness across the city.

c.     Develop city-wide approaches to safeguarding practice
What we want for citizen's in Leeds: 

'I am confident that practitioners will work together and with me to get the best outcomes for me'

We will adapt our annual objectives as needed to respond to emerging priorities.
Work during this period will include:

  • Understanding and responding to the safeguarding implications of Covid-19 in Leeds
  • Developing citywide approaches to self-neglect,
  • Identifying learning to support people living street based lives
  • Working with strategic partners to develop our approach to domestic abuse.

It may also include working in partnership with key strategic boards, such as Leeds Safer Stronger Communities and Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership, in relation to support for people with complex needs. 

d.   Learn from experience to improve how we work

What we want for citizen's in Leeds: 

'I am confident that learning from my experience will improve outcomes for others'

This ambition reflects our commitment to continual learning and development of safeguarding arrangements.

Our plans for 2021/22

1.     Develop citizen-led approaches to safeguarding

1.1   Board Governance documents capture new arrangements and promote learning from citizen experience   

  • Develop a new Board Governance document in-line with citizen-led principles, and as part of the Board's development plan
  • Review the role of citizen representative on the Board
  • Develop induction programme/ handbook for Board Members.          

1.2   Citizen experiences of support within the multi-agency safeguarding procedures influences our work and priorities

  • Ensure citizens are made aware of their opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences though the Talk to me, Hear my Safeguarding Story Project.               
  • Work with partners to obtain citizen safeguarding experience across different pathways to collate safeguarding stories to assist us with improving our systems and processes.                   

 1.3  Citizen voices directly influence safeguarding practice

  • Relaunch the Citizen Ambassadors programme (as soon as Covid-19 restrictions permit).           

2.      Improve awareness of safeguarding across all communities and partners organisations

2.1   Identify priority areas and approaches to support engagement with diverse communities. 

  • Develop understanding of equality and diversity issues in Leeds and the impact on access to safeguarding services.             
  • Advise the Board on strategies/ approaches that may improve communities' access to safeguarding services.                                                       

2.2  Members of the public know how to report abuse and have the confidence to do so

  • Develop Adult Social Care ambassadors who would be knowledgeable about a range of ASC issues including safeguarding.              
  • Promote positive safeguarding messages to parents at risk so that can build trusting relationships with services that can help them and their families to stay safe.          
  • Take part in Safeguarding Week (June) to promote awareness of safeguarding adults; and support wider partnership safeguarding campaigns.
  • Member agencies to promote safeguarding awareness across their service users and networks. 
  • Produce a short film promoting safeguarding adults awareness for members of the public.           
  • Develop a new website that enables the Board to promote its work and share safeguarding resources. 
  • Undertake a programme of engagement activities to promote safeguarding across diverse community groups in Leeds.    
  • Establish and develop the Friends of the Board Network, providing opportunities to promote awareness and consult with citizen groups.
  • Establish and develop the Board's Community Engagement Network to identify opportunities and methods for raising safeguarding awareness.

2.3   Organisations know and understand their safeguarding responsibilities         

  • Establish focus groups with third sector partners to learn from and improve our approach to reaching out and supporting particular communities
  • Develop an LSAB e-learning resource for community organisations.
  • Establish a LSAB Bulletin for practitioners and organisations, to promote awareness of the Board's work. 
  • Complete an annual organisational self-assessment of Board Members, to support the development of safe services. 
  • Commissioned service providers know and understand their safeguarding responsibilities.           

3.     Develop city-wide approaches to safeguarding practice

3.1   Minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the prevalence of abuse, neglect and self-neglect in Leeds        

  • Ensure the Board is sighted on the impact of Covid-19 on abuse, neglect and self-neglect for their service areas; and changing practices or responses required. 
  • Monitor through Board meetings the impact of Covid-19 on the prevalence of abuse, neglect and self-neglect, and the actions of member organisations in response.                                        

3.2     Citywide partnerships, networks and strategies promote safeguarding adults and protect adults with care and support needs from abuse, neglect and self-neglect.

  • Domestic abuse strategies: Ensure Board representation within the development of citywide domestic abuse strategies and on the statutory Leeds Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board.
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS): Promote the effective implementation of LPS within Leeds.      
  • Mental Health & Learning Disability Strategies: Ensure representation of the voice of mental health and learning disability at board level and ensuring these are considered as part of city wide plans and strategies.   
  • Drugs and alcohol strategies: Ensure representation of the Board within the development of citywide drug and alcohol strategies. Ensure the Board is aware of relevant learning from drug related death reviews.
  • Housing sector: Engage and provide information about the work of the Board with housing providers in Leeds.
  • Commissioned health and social care providers: Ensure the Board is sighted on commissioning care and support issues, as related to safeguarding adults.
  • Offender management: Ensure the Board is sighted on the safeguarding needs of offenders supported by probation services.
  • Fire safety: Ensure the Board is informed of significant learning regarding incidents of self-neglect and preventative initiatives that can mitigate risk.
  • Criminal concerns and safeguarding: Ensure the Board is aware of emerging priorities, as may relate to adults with care and support needs in Leeds.
  • Safeguarding and Poor Quality Care: Establish a Task and Finish Group to review current practice guidance in relation to the interface between 'safeguarding' and 'poor quality care'. 
  • Provide a source of multi-agency advice in circumstances of exceptional risk to oneself: Establish a LSAB Exceptional Risk Forum. Undertake a review after 6 months of implementation; identifying learning from referrals.
  • Improve outcomes for people living street-based lives: Develop and implement an action plan to take forward the learning from the Thematic Review in relation to people who have died living street-based lives, incorporating learning events and guidance. Have LSAB representation within the citywide strategic forum: Street Support Gold
  • Develop best practice in Leeds in relation to self-neglect: Ensure all actions from the Mr and Mrs A, and Mr B Safeguarding Adults Reviews are implemented.
  • Develop best practice in Leeds in relation to self-neglect: Provide a critical friend role in relation to actions to improve outcomes for people who self-neglect and support the Board to identify other areas of development.
  • Update the Leeds Multi-agency policy and procedures in light of ADASS guidance relating to Section 42 duties and the reporting of safeguarding concerns.       
  • Develop multi-agency guidance in relation to professional curiosity and difficult conversations.

4.       Learn from experience to improve how we work

4.1   Practice in Leeds is informed by the Board's mechanisms for learning.  

•  Produce an Annual Quality Assurance Dashboard – inclusive of all member agency data / intelligence and citizen experience to inform our work and priorities.
•  Undertake a multi-agency audit programme in relation to agreed priority areas.
•  Undertake Safeguarding Adults Reviews as referred, in line with the policy and statutory criteria.
•  Ensure learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews relating to self-neglect is disseminated across organisations in Leeds.
•  Assurance to be sought from partners as to how their workforce development provision promotes best practice around self-neglect.
•  Undertake a review of the Leeds Approach to Learning and Development.
•  Develop learning resources for practitioners that support the Leeds Approach to Learning and Development (2019).