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Keeping People Safe

How safeguarding work is carried out

The South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) oversees all of the multiagency safeguarding activity within South Gloucestershire. The SAB meets quarterly with representation from a wide range of partner agencies and groups.

There are a number of sub-groups focusing on different areas, including:

  • The Quality Monitoring sub-group that monitors and reviews the data on safeguarding and looks at a smaller number of cases in depth, auditing for both process and quality
  • The Training sub-group that manages training for the SAB and the groups it represents including alerter training which is available for all staff (some agencies prefer to undertake this in-house). This group has recently audited all the contracted agencies about safeguarding training
  • The Communications sub-group that works to raise awareness and recognition of adult safeguarding. South Gloucestershire has been part of a National pilot this year called Making Safeguarding Personal the aim of which is to ensure that people are kept at the heart of any safeguarding processes.
  • Policy – there is currently work in progress to develop an Adult Safeguarding Policy across South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset with a view to giving greater consistency.

How do we know the quality and safety of local services?

There are close links with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) both at a strategic level as they are members of the Safeguarding Adults Board and through daily contact with inspectors.

We have a range of processes in place for monitoring quality and safety including CQC inspections, individual care management reviews and the monitoring of individual alerts to see if there are particular areas of concerns about a service.

The future

The Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) produces an annual report which includes its plans until 2016 to help ensure that all agencies involved in the SAB are fully engaged in the effective prevention and response to safeguarding concerns. Actions for the coming year include:

  • improve communication and awareness raising to vulnerable adults, their families, carers and the general public
  • keep the person at the centre of the safeguarding investigation, giving them an even greater voice within the process
  • ensure consistency across the South West regions
  • ensure that safeguarding is everyone’s business and responsibility through communications and training