June 2022

This section provides a summary of how to use this Adults Policies, Procedures and Practice (APPP) resource, and its main features.


Finding your way around this Resource

This site is structured into different sections. On the home page there are five main buttons:

  • ASC Procedures – which contains policies, procedures and practice guidance for Hull Adult Social Care staff;
  • Practice Hotspots – which will contain information for Hull staff, such as briefings, messages for practice and a social work discussion forum. This will be available by the beginning of February when you will be notified of the password;
  • Safeguarding – which contains links to key Hull safeguarding information for adults and children;
  • Useful Links – which contains links to a number of key local websites;
  • Legislation and National Guidance which contains links to key legislation and national statutory and best practice guidance.

When you are in the ASC Procedures section, there are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen (when viewed on a computer):

  • Contents contains the policies, procedures and practice guidance chapters. These are divided into sections which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Contents’;
  • Resources provides a range of relevant supporting information (see also below). The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
  • Contact contains local contact details for Hull teams, services and partner organisations. It also has a contact form, for you to send a message to Gary Hass, information Co-ordinator, who oversees the coordination of this APPP, should you have any comments or suggestions.

Accessibility Options

This resource has a number of different options to aide online reading. When you are on the home page, choose ‘Accessibility’ drop down menu on the right side of the screen. There is large text, green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting. You can use large text with any of the other options.

In addition, the site is designed to be accessible for users of text only and screen reader software programs which allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Our content is consistently structured, including headings, which makes using the software on our site easier. Also, when viewed though screen reader software, every page has a ‘Skip to main content’ link which allows software users to go straight to the main content of that page instead of receiving the full navigation options every time. Please share this information with blind or visually impaired colleagues.

Using the APPP Resource on Mobile Phones and Tablets

This resource works well on internet enabled mobile phones and tablets by typing in the weblink in the internet address bar. When used on a mobile phone, the website will immediately convert into a mobile phone friendly version, where the tabs sit behind the Menu button. If it does not work straightaway, tap on the refresh circle in the address bar.

If your phone or tablet has a reader option (it may be an ‘R’ or say ‘Reader’ in the address bar, you may have to install it), tap on it and it will convert the text into a more easy to read version for phones or tablets.

Adding Shortcuts to the APPP

You can easily access the APPP by installing a shortcut on your device, which will directly open up your internet browser to the APPP site. You can do so using the following methods:

  • on desktop / laptops: go to the homepage of the APPP website in your internet browser, then bookmark it using your browser’s bookmark feature. Open your browser’s list of bookmarked websites and drag the APPP bookmark onto the desktop of your device.
  • on mobiles: go to the homepage of the APPP website in your internet browser, then click the three dots icon (if using an Android device) or the share icon (if using an Apple device) and choose Add to Home screen.


The Resources section contains a number of links and documents to supplement the information in chapters. It includes

For ease of use, if you can open the resource in two tabs next to each other you can click on the Resources section to consult related resources without leaving the chapter you are reading.

If there are any documents or links you would added to this section, please contact Gary Hass, via the Contact Form.


With each revised edition of this resource, we indicate which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is available in the table below and at the top of the relevant chapter.

05 April 2022

Chapter Detail
Direct Payments Updated versions of the Direct Payments Information Guide and Interim Guidance to Staff have been added. A new Direct Payments Auditing factsheet has also been added.
Revisiting Safeguarding Practice A summary of the DHSC publication, Revisiting Safeguarding Practice has been added.

The summary highlights the practice principles which should underpin all adult safeguarding work. It is aimed at practitioners within local authority adult social services and other practitioners who are involved in safeguarding adults. It provides an overview of best practice in safeguarding adults to ensure a consistent, person-centred approach wherever a person lives.

24 March 2022

Chapter Detail
Continuing Healthcare (CHC) Links to the following documents have been added:

Full Consent Form for Participating in the NHS Continuing Healthcare Process and for Information Sharing with Family / Friend(s) / Advocates; and

Your Information – How and why we use it (City Health Care Partnership)

9 February 2022

Chapter Detail
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards This chapter has been updated to include the Hull Mental Health Assessments as part of DoL CoP Process Flowchart and GP Confirmation of Diagnosis Form.

11 May 2021

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Information for Approved Mental Health Professionals The following documents have been revised – Section 135 Mental Health Act 1983 Policy and Charging other Local Authorities for Work undertaken by HCC AMHPs on their behalf.
Section 117 Aftercare This chapter has been updated to include a link to the revised Section 117 Aftercare Protocol. It replaces the previous information.
New chapters
Conducting an Independent Management Review This guidance applies when an investigation into a serious incident requires an Individual Management Review be carried out.
Working with Adults with Autism This chapter provides practice guidance about working with adults with autism.
The Whole Family Approach This chapter outlines the main principles in the Whole Family Approach.
Pre-Paid Funeral Plans for People for whom HCC holds Deputyship This guidance applies to people for whom Hull City Council holds public authority deputyship or appointeeship.

12 April 2021

Chapter Detail
Transition Protocol The revised Hull City Council Transitions Protocol has been added as well as the Preparing for Adulthood Guide.

Date of Next Revision

This APPP is regularly updated. Make sure you are registered to receive email notifications of updates (see Register with Us).

If you want to make amendments to existing chapters, you must copy it into Word and amend it using track changes. Click here Making Changes to Chapters for information about how to make the changes in the way we require. Please first contact Gary Hass, Information Co-ordinator in Hull (via the Contact Form), who is your local contact person for this APPP, to discuss any changes you want to make.


On the home screen, type in the word or phrase you are looking for in the ‘Search’ facility and press ‘Enter’. It will bring up a list of all the chapters where it appears. Click on the one you want. The word / phrase will remain highlighted in the chapter.If you want to narrow down your search, add ” around the word or phrase, for example “safeguarding”.

If you want to search for specific text within a chapter or a pdf document, you can also press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘f’ together. A box will appear in the top right of your screen. Type in the word / phrase you want to find and press ‘Enter’. The number of times it appears in the chapter will be displayed next to your word. Use the up and down arrows next to it to find all the references.

Register with Us

We recommend you ‘Register with Us‘. This enables us to notify you that your APPP resource has been updated, which is usually every six months. By submitting this information, you will only receive email notifications from us in relation to APPP updates and your information will not be given to any third parties.


This resource has been designed to be used online. If you print a chapter, for example to take to a meeting, please note it is valid for 72 hours only from the date it was printed. Whilst APPP resources are usually updated every six months, there may be occasions when they are updated urgently as a result of a Safeguarding Adults Review or inspection recommendation, so it is important to be sure that you are using the most recent copy. This is why we recommend that if you have to print a chapter, you no longer refer to it after that time.

Please remember that the resource can be also accessed on mobile phones and tablets (see Using the APPP Resource on Mobile Phones and Tablets).


The chapter content in this resource can be accessed, downloaded and printed unchanged, on a temporary basis. Any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in part or in whole in any manner or format without the prior written permission of Policy Partners Project Ltd.