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Rochdale adult care: working towards outcome focussed safeguarding practice

Jane Timson (Adult Care ,Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale, United Kingdom.)
Tim Storer (Adult Care ,Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale, United Kingdom.)
Lesley Foylan (Adult Care ,Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale, United Kingdom.)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 8 June 2015




The purpose of this paper is to share the experience of a Local Authority in their attempt to embed a personalised approach to Safeguarding. In 2013, Rochdale Adult Care took part in a three-month Making Safeguarding Personal improvement work pilot to facilitate a shift in emphasis from process to a commitment to improve outcomes for individuals at risk of harm.


New safeguarding referrals to an established Safeguarding Team were used to capture “outcomes” from the start of an enquiry. A work plan was developed, which included the creation of a pro forma to help frame a conversation between professional and individual. This facilitated recording and collating to help devise a menu of outcomes for reporting to the Local Safeguarding Adult Board. The pilot also helped to formalise and standardise “outcomes” practice and introduced an “outcome focussed” interview at the start and end of the safeguarding to identify and measure outcomes with the individual.


By involving workers throughout the pilot, they were able to identify their own practice improvements, understand the benefits to individuals who were reported to be more engaged with the safeguarding enquiry and suggest changes to processes that were a departure from the regimented requirements of “No Secrets” (Department of Health (DH), 2000).


This approach has enabled a group of social workers to now act as champions to embed MSP throughout the adult care service following a local restructure.



Timson, J., Storer, T. and Foylan, L. (2015), "Rochdale adult care: working towards outcome focussed safeguarding practice", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 173-180.



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