Adult safeguarding decision making guidance

The adult safeguarding decision making guidance provides guidance to support decision-making in relation to completing adult safeguarding referrals.

This guidance is not a substitute for professional judgement, nor does it set rigid guidance for practitioners. It is to be used as a framework to inform decision-making. If there is any doubt, the safeguarding process should be followed.

The adult referral form is also attached to this page.

Both the guidance and referral form should be used in conjunction with the Derby and Derbyshire safeguarding adults procedures.

Additional information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for the decision making guidance

The government recognises that safeguarding concerns and referrals may increase during the Covid-19 outbreak, with more people receiving support and also support needs changing, which may prompt concerns. The Coronavirus Act 2020 sets out how local authorities can use the new Care Act Easements during this exceptional time. The addendum to the main decision making guidance has been produced as a separate document, which is attached to this page.