Safeguarding Adults Peer Challenge 16-19 March 2020 is Postponed. More Information.

Adult Safeguarding Peer Challenge 2020

Devon County Council and key safeguarding partner agencies have commissioned from the Local Government Association (LGA) a Peer Challenge of Adult Safeguarding. This is not an inspection but an opportunity for a team of people who understand the pressures of running a local authority to review the Council’s practices and those of key partners in a challenging but supportive way. It includes an assessment of current achievements and provides recommendations of how further improvements can be made.

 The LGA Peer Challenge Team

The Peer Challenge will take place in the week beginning 16 March 2020.

The scope of the Challenge has been agreed with the LGA team, led by Andrew Ireland, former Director of Adult Social Services at Kent County Council and coordinated by Kay Burkett of the LGA. Details of the LGA team are available here.


The Peer Challenge will focus on four key themes used for all Safeguarding Adults Peer Challenges:

  1. Outcomes for, and the experiences of, people who use services
  2. Leadership, Strategy and Working Together
  3. Commissioning, Service Delivery and Effective Practice
  4. Performance and Resource Management

Additional Priority Themes for Devon:

People with complex risks

Through the lens of the following themes

  • Integration
  • Public awareness
  • Making safeguarding personal

Additional detail regarding focus themes here.

The process of the Peer Challenge will include self-assessment; document review; case audit; onsite work for four days; key findings and practical suggestions for improvement; a written summary report and recommendations and optional follow-up support or workshop activity.

For further information about Devon’s Safeguarding Adults Peer Challenge please email: