South Wales Safeguarding Adults Strategic Management Board
Formerly South Wales Adult Protection Forum
Welcome to the web-site of the South Wales Safeguarding Adults
Strategic Management Board (formerly the South Wales Adult
This web-site contains the first Wales Policy and Procedures for
the Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Abuse.
The Policy and Procedures is intended to guide the safeguarding
work of all those concerned with the welfare of vulnerable adults
employed in the statutory, third (voluntary) and private sectors,
in health, social care, the police and other services.
The Policy and procedures was commissioned by the chairs of the
four regional Adult Protection Fora in Wales to replace four
regional versions. Representatives of the Fora, plus the Police,
came together to identify and draw together into one document the
best of the existing four and to update and refine the available
The implementation date for the new Policy and Procedures for
all Statutory Bodies across South Wales was set for the 1st April
The previous South Wales Adult Protection Forum Inter – Agency
Policy & Procedures for Responding to Alleged Abuse and
Inappropriate Care of Vulnerable Adults in South Wales and the
supplementary referral documentation and practice guidance ceased
to be effective from this date.
Examples of the new standardised inter-agency documentation
(VA1, 2 & 3) together with guidance for their completion can be
found in the Forms and supporting guidance page of this web
These documents are primarily used by Social Services, Health
sector agencies and South Wales Police to facilitate the ‘referral’
and ‘decision-making’ processes. It should be noted that other
caring/support agencies in the voluntary and independent sector can
also utilise the VA1 form to make ‘referrals’ to the Social
Services or if appropriate Health.
Further specific guidance in relation to Risk assessment and
management, and conducting POVA non criminal investigations can
also be found in the Forms and supporting guidance page of this web
This web-site contains the link to the Wales Policy and
Procedures for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Abuse.