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The Triggers Protocol

Chris Nash (Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults, NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
Dave Shipwright (Neighbourhood Inspector, Devon and Cornwall Basic Command Unit, Devon and Cornwall Police)
Mary Smeaton (Safeguarding Manager, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 26 May 2010



Since the murder of Steven Hoskin, there have been considerable changes in the way that agencies in Cornwall operate. In order to prevent further tragedies on such a scale, a protocol was agreed by the agencies about when an alert should be triggered (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board, 2008). This paper describes the process and implications of the protocol from the perspective of Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance Service Trust and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust. The protocol has improved and encouraged information sharing within and between agencies, which will help to identify and reduce the risks to vulnerable adults.



Nash, C., Shipwright, D. and Smeaton, M. (2010), "The Triggers Protocol", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 19-27.



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