Adult Social Care - Local Accounts

Adult Care & Safeguarding

About the Local Account

The Local Account aims to summarise our achievements and celebrate the hard work and dedication from our teams over the last year. We will set out our priorities for the coming year and highlight where we still need to improve and make progress and how we plan to do that.

Our ambition is to support our residents to be independent and resilient. We do this by:

  • Enabling them to be the healthiest they can be to lead full active lives, live independently and play an active part in their communities
  • Ensuring choice about how they live their lives, so they feel happy, safe and secure
  • Focusing on prevention so that people have more control over their lives
  • A "doing with" and not "doing to" approach so that our intervention responds to the needs of the person

There have been many achievements in the last 12 months, and we have a number of key priorities for the coming year to support achieving our ambition for residents.

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding is about protecting people from abuse or neglect and educating those around them to recognise the signs and how they can report their concerns. To keep our residents safe, we know there are lots of actions we currently do and more we can do. Amongst our aims are improving mental health, developing resilience, and giving choice and control to support people stay as safe as possible..

As a council we have a Safeguarding Adult Pathway to protect vulnerable residents and ensure we make safeguarding personal to the person at risk of harm or abuse. Our Rotherham Safeguarding Adults Board (RSAB) is committed to taking a partnership approach to help protect adults at risk of or experiencing neglect, harm or abuse.

In 2022, Adult Social Care reviewed the Safeguarding Adult Pathway to further strengthen practice and legal compliance with the Care Act 2014.

During the 2022/2023 year, 449 people were subject to a new Safeguarding enquiry and 631 people had an enquiry completed. The majority of enquiries related to older people and happened in a person's own home. Of the enquiries completed 432 people felt they had their voices heard in the safeguarding process under Making Safeguarding Personal.