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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.

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