The number of people with health and social care needs who may be vulnerable to abuse will continue to increase.

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Safeguarding Children is the subject of a detailed Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) in Devon.

Whilst the overall Joint Strategic Needs Assessment process in Devon looks at health and wellbeing in the broadest sense, the Safeguarding Children JSNA collects evidence together for a field where cross-agency arrangements require strong leadership, shared intelligence and appropriate joint commissioning arrangements to be effective.“Protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.” The ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ guidance from 2010 sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The September 2015 full and updates only versions are available below: Devon Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Report, September 2015 (full report) Devon Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Report, September 2015 (updates only) The report was presented to board with an accompanying short paper outlining the outcomes report, with a brief summary of the main themes emerging from the report.

This is available below: Summary Outcomes Report to Devon Health and Wellbeing Board, September 2015 October 8th, 2014 In a ground breaking partnership Exmoor National Park Authority is working with the Health and Wellbeing Boards of Devon and Somerset – the first of its kind in England – to demonstrate how access to green space can reduce the need for drug-based interventions or development of long term conditions.

As well as data the joint Strategic Needs Assessment has been informed by the views of people needing care services.

Their contribution has highlighted the wide range of work needed to help vulnerable people to be safe from abuse and neglect, including, improved service standards, awareness raising, investigation, and support for individuals experiencing or at risk of abuse.

Andrea Davis, Chairman of Devon’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and Exmoor National Park Authority and Somerset County Council Member Christine Lawrence, have both been instrumental in enabling the ‘Moor to Enjoy project to happen.

“Addressing health and wellbeing at an early stage has huge benefits for the individual and, in the longer term, reduces the burden on already squeezed health and social care services,” said Andrea.

With so many factors and influences involved in the number of safeguarding adults concerns needing to be investigated, the frequency of the different types and circumstances of abuse are difficult to predict but with such substantial increases in the number of people who may be at risk of abuse, a continuing increase of reported cases should be expected.

The Government is expected to create statutory duties for the individual organisation’s role in safeguarding adults and in Safeguarding Adults Boards.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment highlights that the importance of prevention, awareness raising, and investigation continue to be strategic priorities for both the Safeguarding Adults Board and all the services that work with vulnerable adults in Devon.