Persons in a position of trust (PIPOT)

The statutory guidance to the Care Act 2014 requires Safeguarding Adults Boards to establish and agree a framework and process to respond to allegations against anyone who works (either paid or unpaid) with adults with care and support needs.

The purpose of this guidance is to provide a framework for managing cases where allegations have been made against a person in a position of trust (PIPOT) and is focussed on the management of risk based on an assessment of abuse or harm against an adult with care and support needs. It provides a framework to ensure appropriate actions are taken to manage allegations, regardless of whether they are made in connection with the PIPOT’s employment, in their private life, or any other capacity.

This guidance applies to the local authority, all partner agencies and commissioned local authorities' relevant partners, and those providing care and support services.

The framework, guidance and referral form are attached to this page.


A podcast was recorded in September 2021 to provide practitioners and managers from all DSAB partner agencies with some basic information about the process and Framework in Derbyshire for making allegations against a Person In a Position of Trust (PIPOT). The podcast is around 10 minutes long.

Listen to the podcast.