‘Safeguarding’ is a range of activities aimed at upholding an adult’s fundamental right to be safe and is of particular importance for people who, because of their situation or circumstance, become vulnerable.
Safeguarding vulnerable adults from abuse and harm is an important part of everyday healthcare practice which is why care and treatment must meet essential standards of quality and safety that respect an individuals personal dignity and wellbeing.
The Trust is committed to these principles and works in partnership with statutory agencies, referred to as the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Adult Partnership (SSSAP), to ensure that appropriate policies, procedures and practices are in place and implemented throughout the organisation.
Through membership on both the Executive and Operational Boards of the SSSAP and their associated sub-committees, the Trust will ensure best practice in accordance with values stated in key areas of legislation, national guidance and local policy documents.
All Trust employees have a duty to familiarise themselves with and operate within the policies relating to their area of practice. All staff undergo safeguarding training as part of their mandatory training cycle.