Health and Social Care

Terms of Reference -   Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance

The Housing and Safeguarding Adults Alliance brings together leading-edge housing providers to work alongside professional and trade body representatives, and our partners in adult social care and health, to encourage, assist, promote and recognise the role and contribution of the housing sector in safeguarding adults.

Although many social housing providers engage effectively in adult safeguarding, many have not or do so only partially.   This may be for a range of reasons including: a lack of incentives to do so; being unclear about their responsibilities or how they can contribute and add value; the challenges of partnership working.   This lack of engagement is particularly the case for some non specialist housing providers of general needs accommodation.

The Alliance recognises that there are cross-cutting issues with domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour that housing providers will need to consider when developing policies, procedures and practices in relation to safeguarding adults.

The creation of the Alliance is particularly timely in the light of:

• the statutory guidance for the Care Act 2014 which requires all housing providers to engage in safeguarding adults through policies, procedures and training.

• the   Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)   Guide on ‘Adult safeguarding for housing staff’ ( which also includes a section for social care staff.

We fully endorse the messages of both the SCIE Guide and the statutory guidance which are consistent with our aims and objectives as set out below.


To improve the engagement of all social housing providers in safeguarding adults and build greater understanding by the statutory partners of the key role housing can play.