Healthwatch Cornwall has been appointed to hear the stories of people in Cornwall who have been at risk of, or have experienced harm or abuse. These people will have received support through the safeguarding process – a multi-agency approach across Cornwall.

This is one of the many steps that Cornwall Council is leading on, following a recent ‘peer review’ of safeguarding services at Cornwall Council, as discussed at Cornwall Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 30 October 2019.

Cornwall Council is committed to improving the way that adults are safeguarded in Cornwall by requesting that the Local Government Association undertake a Safeguarding Adults Peer Challenge. This is designed to help an authority and its partners recognise achievements and identify areas for improvement. The review took place in June this year.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “The purpose of a peer challenge is not an inspection but to offer a supportive approach, undertaken by ‘critical friends’. The recommendations that have been made following the review have been very useful in the Council’s approach to making sure it continually improves its practices.

“So far a new Safeguarding Peer Review Lead Officers Group has been established who are now looking at implementing the recommendations made by the review, with a number of key actions already underway. This includes the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Safeguarding board appointing Healthwatch Cornwall to make sure the voices of people who have experienced this process already are heard and their views fed back into the improvements being made”.

The ‘peer’ team was made up of an experienced elected member and officer peers.

Cllr Rotchell added: “The Adult Care and Support team are working very hard to implement a number of changes, most notably making sure that the national initiative, ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ is embedded across all worker’s practices. This initiative supports social workers in their everyday work, making sure they positively impact on people’s lives”.

The full report can be accessed on the Council’s website.

from Cornwall Council press release.