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Enfield scores Gold for safeguarding

Published Monday, 13 April 2015

Enfield Council was celebrating this week after achieving the ‘Gold standard’ for ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ for 2014-2015.

vulnerable ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ has been led jointly by the Local Government Association and Association for Directors of Social Services and Enfield Council is one of the few authorities to have achieved the gold standard.

This prestigious award was gained after recommendation by Bournemouth University following their audit of Enfield’s safeguarding arrangements for adults at risk of abuse and neglect.  This is in recognition of Enfield Council’s recent work on their safeguarding arrangements to put people at the centre of the process.

Enfield’s innovative ‘Quality Checker Project’ was recognised in the audit report as directly contributing to the Gold standard achievement. In their final report the Bournemouth University auditors remarked that: ‘Creative methods are being used to engage and support service user voice within safeguarding processes and the work of the Quality Checkers is commendable and is a valued project.’

The report confirmed that ‘The London Borough of Enfield demonstrates a clear commitment to empowering people who use services by delivering personalised information, advice and services, as well as involving people who use services in safeguarding from the beginning to the very end. This highlights the importance of people’s journey with this process.’

Cllr Don McGowan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Care said “This is a remarkable achievement for Enfield Council, and good news for Enfield’s vulnerable residents as it demonstrates our commitment to putting them first and responding to their needs.

“During 2014/2015, Enfield Council received a total of 955 reports of possible abuse or neglect alerts, which justifies the need for robust and effective safeguarding adults’ arrangements. 

“I must also highlight the dedication and professionalism of our staff who work every day on the front line for our residents most in need, we would not be celebrating this accolade if not for their tireless work.”

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