How can a multi-​agency group of professionals, stakeholders and advocates come together to develop a shared tool to improve decision making for the protection of vulnerable adults who lack capacity?

Local authorities hold the statutory responsibility for safeguarding but increasingly seek out innovative methods, approaches and protocols to enable them to engage other funders and key stakeholders in improved decision making for adult safeguarding. Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has had a particularly challenging time during 2015 dealing with failures in this area and is now committed to finding new ways of engaging partners in addressing this challenge on their own behalf, and also to take a lead in relation to other local authorities who might adopt the co-​designed Matrix approach.

Together, we will produce a new tool to guide interactions between multiple-​agencies in Derbyshire. This tool will be used across Derbyshire to ensure venerable people with serious safeguarding issues receive the appropriate level of support and protection across a number of agencies and organisations. There is also the intention that this is shared across the UK as a new standard for this type of safeguarding. Both of these often the potential for real changes in the lives of some of the most venerable people.

Latest Activity

The Derbyshire Matrix — Full Report

Leapfrog has updated the report for The Derbyshire Matrix short project, which now includes details of the tools and the launch event, as well as the co-​​design workshop.  Download it …

LENS and FOCUS Prompt Postcards (Part of the In Sight Tool)

During the one day co-​​design workshop with safeguarding professionals from Derbyshire, concepts for adult safeguarding tools were developed.  Two of these were: LENS: a guide for frontline staff to help them in …

In Sight Matrix — The Design

The In Sight Matrix is one of the tool outcomes from the Derbyshire Matrix project.  It appears on the inside of a folder, which a frontline worker will give to anyone raising an adult …

Derbyshire Matrix Tools Launched to 150 People

A blog post by Dee Hennessy and Laura Wareing The Derbyshire Matrix tool was officially launched on Monday 6th February to 150 social workers, clinicians, police and fire offices, housing …

Supporting People through the Safeguarding Process

Safeguarding occurs when an alert has been raised about a concern, suspicion or allegation of potential abuse, harm or neglect. Leapfrog has now completed a short but ambitious project to support and …

Derbyshire Matrix Reflection

Having reflected on the experience of working with Dee and Leon on our ‘Derbyshire Matrix’ project, I think the opportunity they have given Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board to develop a shared tool …

Reflecting on the Matrix

It has been most refreshing to work with Leon & Dee on the Derbyshire Matrix at Lancaster University. We have been struggling as a local authority to “Make Safeguarding Personal” and …

The Derbyshire Matrix Workshop Report

Leapfrog has produced a report on The Derbyshire Matrix workshop held at Lancaster on 2nd March 2016.  The report contains information on each stage of the co-​​design workshop with photographs of …

The Derbyshire Matrix: Developing Tools to Enable the Difficult Questions Essential for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults

The Derbyshire Matrix is a Leapfrog short project in which stakeholders from Derbyshire are working co-​​designing tools to enable difficult questions essential to the protection of vulnerable adults. Leapfrog is running this …