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How safeguarding work is carried out

The South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) has been on a statutory footing since the enactment of the Care Act in 2015. It meets quarterly and has representation from a wide range of partner agencies and groups. It oversees all the multiagency safeguarding activity within South Gloucestershire.

The SAB has a number of subgroups which focus on different aspects of the work. These include:

Communications and engagement

This group works to raise awareness of adult safeguarding and is a joint group with the Children’s Safeguarding Board. It maintains the safeguarding website and continues its oversight of the Making Safeguarding Personal work which aims to keep people at the heart of the safeguarding process. The group also contributed to the Stop Adult Abuse week in June which was run jointly with Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and Somerset.

Learning and development

This group manages training for the SAB and the groups it represents. This includes how and when to raise safeguarding concerns. The training is available for all staff, although some agencies prefer to carry out their own in-house training. The group also co-host an annual safeguarding conference with Bristol, which this year was held in June and focused on self-neglect in care homes and the community.

Policy and procedures

This group maintains the joint safeguarding adults policy with Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and Somerset, which aims to ensure a consistent approach to safeguarding across the area. It has also developed local multi-agency procedures to give detail as to how this works in South Gloucestershire. It is currently working on developing practice guidance for two of the new categories of abuse brought about by the Care Act, self-neglect and domestic abuse.

Quality assurance

This group monitors and scrutinises the data on safeguarding. It also conducts regular multi-agency audits of safeguarding work focussing on both processes and quality.

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR)

This group will develop local processes for carrying out SARs, which have replaced serious case reviews. It will look in depth at situations where an adult in the area has died or experienced serious abuse or neglect, and where there is a concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect them.