We can act and advise on all matters relating to adult safeguarding including:
- Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Adult Safeguarding Investigations
- Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SAR) and Serious Case Reviews (SCR)
LADO Adult Safeguarding Investigations
Any provider of adult social care can find themselves subject of an adult safeguarding investigation by a Local Authority Designated Officer.
There is a duty on LADOs to investigate allegations relating to adult safeguarding section 42 of the Care Act 2014 which requires that each local authority must make enquiries, or cause others to do so, if it believes an adult is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect. An enquiry would establish whether any action needs to be taken to prevent or stop abuse or neglect, and if so, by whom.
These investigations can be protracted and often involve the need to attend allegation management meetings often with very little advance notice. These meetings can be very intimidating for providers.
As experienced adult social care barristers and consultants, we can assist and advise providers and provide representation at meetings. Specialist legal advice can be vital in assisting with LADO adult safeguarding investigations because this can assist with:
- securing early and full disclosure of allegations and helping providers respond to them;
- representation at important allegation management meetings;
- help providers communicate important fact correctly and clearly;
- challenging removal of residents, suspension of placements and cancellation of contracts; and
- challenging procedural unfairness.
If you are subject of a LADO safeguarding investigation or summoned to an allegation management meeting, please contact us without delay.
Safeguarding Adults Serious Case Reviews
If a client is harmed to dies whilst in your care and there is an allegation of abuse or neglect, a safeguarding or serious case review would follow. This review might include involvement with a range of regulators and other statutory bodies including:
- Safeguarding Adults Board;
- Care Quality Commission (CQC);
- Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO);
- the police; and/or
- a Coroner
Anybody will find being subject to a safeguarding or serious case review very stressful and concerning. Whilst generally the purpose of these reviews is to learn lessons, criminal charges could follow the conclusion of a review.
We can assist care providers with advice and representation if they are facing or are subject to a safeguarding or serious case review. Our experience as specialist social care barristers and consultants coupled with our experience as criminal defence lawyer puts us in an ideal position to support you.