Safeguarding is defined as "protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect".

It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.

This must recognise that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is a leading improvement support agency and independent charity, working with the care and support sector in the UK.

They provide information and co-produce work with people who use services and carers


Preventing abuse through community cohesion, communication and good practice.

Independent life after long term abuse within the family.

Dignity and respect animated storyboard

Policy and procedures

Download policies, procedures and guidance on all Safeguarding topics.

Capability framework

This framework work was developed by Learn to Care and the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work at Bournemouth University and is copyrighted to them.

We have adopted the framework with the permission of the copyright holders for all staff and care organisations in Oldham.

For individuals/organisations outside Oldham, permission to use the framework/purchase arrangements must be sought from the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work at Bournemouth University.

Oldham Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB)

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR)

Where a vulnerable adult suffers serious harm or death, a multi-agency review process can be undertaken.

It aims to identify and promote good practice, effective learning and recommendations for future practice so that deaths or serious harm can be prevented from happening again.

This process is called a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR).

A SAR must be undertaken wherever there is reasonable cause for concern about how the Oldham Safeguarding Adults Partnership, members of it, or other local professionals and/or services worked together to safeguard an adult with care and support needs (regardless of whether the local authority was meeting any of those needs) who:

  • Has died (including from suicide) and is known or suspected to have died as a result of abuse or neglect (regardless of whether or not abuse or neglect was known or suspected before the person died)
  • Is still alive, and is known or suspected of having experienced serious abuse or neglect

SAR referral 

If any professional believes a SAR is required, they can refer the case for a SAR screening by completing the Safeguarding Adult Review Referral Form: 

Once completed the form should be emailed to:

Elected Members