Bracknell Forest and Windsor & Maidenhead Safeguarding Adults Board

Multi-Agency Risk Framework

The Bracknell Forest and Windsor & Maidenhead Safeguarding Adult Board multi-agency risk framework has been developed to provide support and guidance on how to manage cases relating to adults where there is a high level of risk but where the circumstances sit outside the statutory adult safeguarding framework.  The risk framework offers a multi-agency method to support the management of these risks in an effective way. It encompasses the six key principles that underpin all adult safeguarding work:

  • Empowerment
  • Protection
  • Prevention
  • Proportionality
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

The implementation of the risk framework should fully include the adult whose situation and circumstances are the cause for concern; they should be empowered to participate in the identification and assessment of the risks and in deciding whether the risk is acceptable or whether there are ways to reduce or to manage the risk.  The aim is to secure their wellbeing alongside their safety using the principles of ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’.  The risk framework adopts a partnership approach in order to encourage better understanding of the nature and level of risk across partner agencies. It assumes a positive approach to risk and accepts that taking risk can have positive benefits for adults.

In summary the framework aims to:

  • Ensure timely sharing of information
  • Encourage collaborative working
  • Promote the safety and security of adults who do not meet  safeguarding thresholds, access services or refuse support
  • Enable adults to retain control over their life and to make choices and decisions
  • Support early intervention / prevention
  • Provide guidance for partners to call and manage multi-agency meetings

Examples of people who may require a response under the risk framework include

  • Adults who are at risk of exploitation and are victimised because of  vulnerability, their lifestyle or specific needs
  • Adults who are not receiving support  but are making repeated demands on local services
  • Adult survivors of child sexual exploitation who are at risk of further exploitation
  • Adults who have capacity to refuse support around issues which may put them at risk.  This may include self-neglect, hoarding, exploitation and modern slavery

The framework has been available for use from September 2018. A series of workshops will take place to ensure adoption of the risk framework. The Safeguarding Adult Board’s Quality Assurance Sub Group will evaluate the impact of the framework over time.

Other Resources:

Local government association making safeguarding personal; working with risk


Local government association making safeguarding personal resources


Audio visual resources


Service user involvement audio visual resources