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About the Board

From April 2015 with the implementation of the Care Act 2014 the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) has been placed on a statutory basis. Prior to that it functioned as a multi-agency partnership following ‘No Secrets Guidance’ on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse (Department of Health 2000).

The overarching purpose of a SAB is to help and safeguard adults with care and support needs. It does this by:

  • assuring itself that local safeguarding arrangements are in place as defined by the Care Act 2014 and statutory guidance
  • assuring itself that safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome-focused
  • working collaboratively to prevent abuse and neglect where possible
  • ensuring agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred
  • assuring itself that safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in its area.

SABs have three core duties. They must:

  • develop and publish a strategic plan setting out how they will meet their objectives and how their member and partner agencies will contribute
  • publish an annual report detailing how effective their work has been
  • commission safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) for any cases which meet the criteria for these.

The main objective of the Board is to improve local safeguarding arrangements and ensure partners act to help and protect adults experiencing, or at risk of neglect and/or abuse. The SGSAB is a multi-agency strategic Board that will coordinate the strategic development of adult safeguarding across South Gloucestershire, ensure the effectiveness of the work undertaken by partner agencies and organisations in the area and promote the safeguarding of adults within South Gloucestershire through working together. This involves raising awareness of adult safeguarding to reduce abuse and protect adults at risk. Where abuse is found to have occurred, agencies work together to support future protection and recovery.

The SGSAB has an independent chair – Sally Lewis. Sally is accountable to Peter Murphy, Director of Children, Adults and Health at South Gloucestershire Council.

The SAB structure can be seen in Appendix one. The Memorandum of Understanding for Board members is shown in Appendix two. Board membership and attendance for the year 2016/17 can be seen in Appendix three and a financial report is at Appendix four.

The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect. It gave local authorities new safeguarding duties and as a result of this Act, safeguarding adult boards became statutory.

“Until now it’s been almost impossible for people who need care, carers, and even those who manage the care system, to understand how the previous law affecting them worked. Over nearly 70 years it has been added to again and again and is out of date and confusing. The Care Act has created a single, modern law that makes it clear what kind of care people should expect.”

Care Minister Norman Lamb

The Six Safeguarding Principles

  1. Empowerment: people being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent
  2. Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs
  3. Proportionality: the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  4. Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need
  5. Partnership: local solutions through services working with their communities – communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
  6. Accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice

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