The purpose of closure is to ensure all actions are completed or are in progress, including that:
The managing officer must reach agreement to close the process with all organisations that have been involved in the enquiry and protection plan. The closing process must be signed off by the managing officer.
Closure can take place at any stage of the process if:
It is usual that a case will remain in the safeguarding adults process if the risk of harm to an individual remains high or very high. However, there are individuals who have the capacity to choose to remain in high or very high risk situations. In these circumstances, it is imperative that all stages of the safeguarding process have been followed to ensure that all options have been offered to the adult and can be fully evidenced.
The decision to complete and close an enquiry, taken at a strategy discussion / meeting, a case conference or a review is a multi-agency one. It is essential that the discussion and / or meeting identifies the risk of harm to the individual and the potential risk of harm to others if relevant, and that the minutes clearly reflect the decisions taken.
The case may remain open to care management or care programme approach (CPA) systems, in which case the situation will be reviewed and monitored through those processes. This will include monitoring and review of the protection plan as necessary.
At the point of closure the following actions will be completed:
Feedback must routinely be sought from the adult about their experience of the process and whether they now feel safer and their wishes and outcomes have been met.
Through the Safeguarding Adult Board, any partner agency can request that a serious incident investigation, Safeguarding Adult Review or independent management review is undertaken if there was a ‘near miss’ or a fatality, procedures do not appear to have been followed or agencies did not work together effectively. See also Safeguarding Adult Reviews.
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