Policies, plans, reports and strategies

On this page you’ll find all the information necessary to support you in your day to day safeguarding work, including policies, plans, reports and strategies.

Board annual reports


Request an accessible format

If you use assistive technology, such as a screen reader and need a document in a more accessible format, email jonathan.burrows@stockport.gov.uk.

Communications and engagement strategies

The Safeguarding awareness days 2021 calendar (PDF 258Kb) provides details of the awareness days which are promoted via our own and the Stockport Safeguarding Children Partnerships twitter feeds. To follow us on twitter search for @StockportSAB and @StockportSCP.

Complex Safeguarding

The Complex Safeguarding Strategy 2018 – 2020 (PDF 77Kb) – the importance of transitions and the increasing evident number of adults who are at risk of complex safeguarding concerns highlights the need to ensure that there is an informed and co-ordinated response, which spans the needs of all people in Stockport regardless of age. In acknowledgement of this, the sub group is now a joint one which reports to both the Children and Adult safeguarding boards.

So-called ‘Honour’ Based Violence Abuse and Forced Marriage Strategy (PDF 1Mb) – to raise awareness across Stockport communities and its workforce, to identify the risks and to make sure that victims have confidence in our services.

Stockport Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy 2021/24 – to raise awareness about domestic abuse, to educate children, young people and families and to make sure there’s an effective response to domestic abuse for our communities.




Financial abuse screening tool

The purpose of this screening tool (PDF 536Kb) is to identify adults who are at high risk of financial abuse. The tool can be used by a worker in any organisation and is to be used in conjunction with the Multi-agency guidance to support adults at high risk of financial abuse.

Multi Agency Strategy and Guidance for Self-Neglect and Hoarding

The multi–agency self neglect strategy aims to be part of the growing work around early intervention and preventative agendas. As such it directs collaborative multi-agency discussions of self-neglect and/or hoarding cases to be addressed at the early stages. To encourage a more preventative approach to cases of self-neglect and/or hoarding view the self neglect strategy for more details.

Published alongside the strategy is a Practitioners Guide. This guide is intended as a toolkit to support practitioners from a range of agencies with management of cases where an adult is deemed to be at risk due to self-neglecting and/or hoarding behaviours.

The Practitioners Guide includes:

  • characteristics of self neglect
  • self neglect and hoarding two page guide
  • self neglect legal literacy
  • the Clutter Image Rating Scale (CIRT)
  • guidance for practitioners
  • guidance questions which could be used during an assessment


Multi Agency Policy for Safeguarding Adults at Risk

eThe Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policy (PDF 3Mb) has been designed to make the procedures easy to access and allows you to identify and go to the specific part(s) relevant to your role.

  • Part 1: context in Stockport
  • Part 2: safeguarding policy
  • Part 3: key issues
  • Part 4: causes of abuse
  • Part 5: mental capacity and consent
  • Part 6: prevention of abuse
  • Part 7: partners
  • Part 8: transitions
  • Part 9: information sharing
  • Part 10: complex safeguarding

The  MAARS and Team Around The Adult operating guidance document (PDF 418Kb) provides information for professionals to refer cases into the Multi-Agency Adults At Risk System (MAARS).

The Risk Matrix and Safeguarding Thresholds document (PDF 468KB) provides information and guidance on different types of abuse and neglect an adult can experience, and how to seek support for them.

North West Safeguarding Policy

The Northwest Safeguarding policy (PDF 290Kb) has been developed by Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) across the North West, to meet the requirements of the Care Act and the Department of Health Statutory Guidance.

The policy is designed to support current good practice in adult safeguarding and outlines the arrangements which apply to all local authorities within the North West region.

Responsible Manager Administrative Support Service guidance

The Responsible Manager Administrative Support Service guidance (PDF 405Kb) provides guidance for all professionals and practitioners who will conduct and manage a safeguarding enquiry.

The purpose of the guidance is to inform and support professionals with this important element of the adult abuse and the investigation process. The guidance is in line, and fully supports Stockport’s Multi-Agency Policy for Safeguarding Adults at Risk.

The guidance directs professionals to the appropriate templates to be used in any investigation process. It’s also a guide for chairs who will manage and safeguard a safeguarding case.

The guidance also provides information for business administrators. It gives clear guidelines on the general standard of minutes that should be produced, and how minutes from a safeguarding meeting are to be distributed.

For information on safeguarding training please visit the staff development training pages.

Our business plan 2023 to 2026

The business plan 2023 to 2026 (PDF 619Kb) details how we plan to work in partnership to support and safeguard the people of Stockport to enable them to live safe, healthy and, where possible, independent lives.


7 minute briefings

7 minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI.

Learning for 7 minutes:

  • is manageable in most services
  • is more memorable as it’s not clouded by other issues and pressures
  • means they hold people’s attention
  • gives managers something to share with their staff

Clearly the briefings will not have all the answers, but it’s hoped that they will act as a catalyst to help teams and their managers to reflect on their practice and systems.

The expectation is that team leaders will present briefings to their staff on a regular basis.


Adult abuse or neglect

Do not ignore it.

  • call 999 in an emergency
  • Telephone: 0161 217 6029
  • Minicom: 0161 217 6024
  • Out of  hours: 0161 718 2118
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