This document describes the procedure for conducting a Large Scale Enquiry (LSE) and should be read alongside the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Procedures.
The purpose of the procedure is to ensure a consistent and proportionate response when:
- serious, non-compliance of minimum care standards are raised about a provider, both domiciliary and residential, that has or is likely to result in a number of adults being abused
This may come to light as a result of:
- An enquiry into individual concerns reveals wider issues about a provider.
- Information from Contracts/CQC indicate a systemic concern about a provider
The criteria for instigating a Large Scale Enquiry are:
- Accumulated complaints about the same service by people accessing the service, their families or members of the public, which amounts to serious safeguarding concerns;
- Serious concerns of a safeguarding nature following several visits or individual reviews in the service;
- Serious concerns of a safeguarding nature following contract compliance reviews of the service;
- Reports of serious safeguarding concerns from other professional services / organisations involved in the service;
- Serious concerns as a result of whistleblowing;
- Serious concerns following a Safeguarding Adults planning meeting or enquiry.
This includes concerns relating to NHS and privately funded establishments as well as those contracted by the Local Authority.
During the course of a Large Scale Enquiry, ordinary adult safeguarding processes will continue in parallel to ensure individual adults identified as at risk are safeguarded.