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Roles and responsibilities

The lead co-ordinator

The lead co-ordinator must be an individual who is employed within social services and where possible be a qualified social worker registered with Social Care Wales.

The lead co-ordinator is responsible for:

The role may be delegated to another statutory partner BUT statutory responsibility remains with the local authority.

The delegated lead co-ordinator

If the role of lead co-ordinator is delegated by social services, on behalf of the local authority, the following must be considered and recorded:

The lead practitioner

At the initial strategy meeting the lead co-ordinator must ensure that a lead practitioner (this is referred to as the lead care and support protection plan practitioner) identified, and their contact details recorded.

If it is not possible to identify a lead practitioner, the relevant senior manager responsible for safeguarding in social services must be informed immediately.

The lead practitioner should:

1. Actively engage with the adult at risk including:

(The strategy group should consider how frequently the adult at risk should be seen and set timescales accordingly).

2. Work in partnership with the adult at risk (recognising their mental capacity to make specific decisions at a particular time) and, when appropriate their advocate, so they:

3. Take the multi-agency lead in:

Any change of lead practitioner must be notified verbally and confirmed in writing to all relevant agencies, the adult at risk and their family.

N.B: The lead practitioner does not necessarily have to be a social worker. For example, the role could be undertaken by a nurse or other health practitioner. However, the practitioner must have the knowledge and skills to undertake the role and complete the tasks outlined above