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Safeguarding adults: a guide for professionals

Professionals working in public services including social care, healthcare, police, the voluntary sector, probation, housing, adult education, fire service, prisons, and commissioned providers, are all expected to have a sound knowledge of safeguarding adults.

A sound knowledge of safeguarding adults includes:

  • being able to recognise and report abuse and neglect
  • cooperating with all types of safeguarding enquiries and police investigations
  • taking part in safeguarding enquiries under Section 42 of the Care Act 2014

Middlesbrough Council forms part of the Tees-wide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB). The TSAB website includes the latest versions of policies, procedures, and practice guidance, as well as an area for professionals.

The policies and procedures are used to make sure relevant organisations and services work together to prevent abuse and neglect, and to support adults who may have been abused or neglected.

The website also has training and other resources to help support professionals to make sure that safeguarding adults requirements are adhered to.

You can find out more about Middlesbrough Council's role in safeguarding in our safeguarding adults strategy.

Reporting a safeguarding concern

In an emergency, always call 999.

You can report abuse or neglect using the concern form which is available on the Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board website.

If you need advice, call 01642 065 070 or email adultaccessteam@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Team Around the Individual panel (TATI) for high risk cases

The Team Around the Individual (or TATI) panel is a Multi-Agency High Risk Panel. It was developed in response to the need to establish a multi-agency way of supporting work on complex and/or high-risk cases. Any professional can make a referral to the TATI panel.

You can read our one minute guide to the Team Around the Individual Panel to find out more. The guide includes referral information.