Pragmatic Practitioners Blog

Carrying on the S42 Safeguarding Enquiry debate

The Care Act is being interpreted in so many ways it makes you wonder why the annual safeguarding return is even collated and published.

Some Local Authorities claim to have converted 100% of safeguarding concerns received from agencies such as the Police, Ambulance, care Providers etc into a S.42 enquiry under the Care Act.

3 things need to be present for the statutory S42 duty to undertake the enquiry

1. Care and Support need

2. Risk of or being abused or neglect

3. Because of the care and support need the person is unable to protect themselves

Other Local Authorities claim only 3% are converted.

In reality the Local Authority converting 100% shows a massively abusive community which in fact is simply poor decision making by Safeguarding Adult staff.

Eastern Ambulance service “celebrated” on Twitter today to making 5,229 Safeguarding concerns in December…a staggering 175 every day…I will guarantee the majority are flagging a vulnerability and are not safeguarding concerns.

Sadly its a mess nationally and no one seems willing to make sense of it


The Pragmatic Practitioners is born!

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

So, about 18 months ago there was an evening that involved good food, good company & a desire to put the world to rights. Thus was the concept of the ‘Pragmatic Practitioners’ group born. It may have had a slightly different working title but you will have to ask me in person if you want to know the answer to that one…

Nonetheless, the idea of bringing together various professionals from different spheres was thought to be a really good one. Where to begin to find them & what did they need to have in common? A professional interest in long-term care & mental capacity but more importantly an understanding of when you roll your sleeves up & get stuck in to just get things done. Nothing ever works smoothly – the worst crises are always at 5pm on a Friday before a bank holiday. What do you do?

Well, we collected together in a room in December and thrashed out some ideas. Watch this space for a mission statement, biographies and how you can get in touch with us.