A joint inspection of adult support and protection in Angus has found clear strengths in ensuring adults at risk of harm are safe, protected and supported.  

However, inspectors also identified areas which could further improve.

Key strengths were:  

  • Investment in specific adult support and protection posts across health, police and social work supported effective engagement and collaboration. This enabled the development of initiatives such as the Financial Abuse Support Team and Early Screening Group. These contributed to good outcomes for adults at risk of harm.  
  • The delivery of inquiries, investigations and case conferences were highly effective. 
  • The partnership had a comprehensive multi-agency learning and development plan. Learning was delivered using a range of digital and face to face methods and was open to all agencies. This had a positive impact on adult support and protection practice.  
  • The partnership had a clear, well understood vision for adult support and protection. This was supported by an Adult Protection Committee strategic delivery plan.  

Key areas for improvement were:  

  • The Adult Protection Committee had recently refined their improvement plan, but further consolidation was needed. Both this and the annual performance reporting approach impacted on the visibility of change and timely identification of trends or issues. 
  • The quality assurance framework needed to be further embedded to include a frequent multi-agency approach to monitor change and sustainability more effectively. This should include frontline practitioners and adults with lived experience of adult support and protection.

Jackie Irvine, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate, said: “Overall, the Angus partnership has demonstrated the capacity to deliver positive change that has improved the outcomes for adults at risk of harm.

“We have now asked the partnership to prepare an improvement plan. This will address the priority areas for improvement that we have identified. The Care Inspectorate, through its link inspectors, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, will monitor the progress in implementing the actions in the improvement plan.”

The full report can be read here.

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