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Appendix two: Memorandum of Understanding

The Care Act 2014 sets out the statutory requirements of a local safeguarding adults board (LSAB)

This includes the following statements in respect of members of an LSAB:

  • Members of an LSAB should be people with a strategic role in relation to safeguarding within their organisation. They should be able to:
    • speak for their organisation with authority
    • commit their organisation on policy and practice matters
    • hold their own organisation to account and hold others to account
  • All LSAB member organisations have an obligation to provide LSABs with reliable resources (which may include financial resources) that enable the LSAB to be strong and effective. Members should share the financial responsibility for the LSAB in such a way that a disproportionate burden does not fall on a small number of partner agencies.

This Memorandum of Understanding sets out the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board’s expectations for members. The members shall, for the purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding, include the organisation and the individual representing the organisation who are defined as statutory board members and member organisations (‘board member’).

Each board member will agree to accept the following responsibilities which shall commence immediately and will thereafter work diligently in accordance with the terms of reference of the Board and the duties placed on each member of the Board and their employing organisation in accordance with statutory requirements and guidance

This Memorandum of Understanding is not legally binding on any of the members or member organisations and creates no legal rights or obligations.

Commitment to the purpose and objectives of the Board

In order for the Board to operate effectively, members must be committed to the collective purpose, ethos and aims of the Board. This means to:

  • develop and deliver a local safeguarding board in accordance with the range of roles and statutory functions as set out in the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board constitution
  • work effectively and efficiently so as to ensure the Board meets its statutory objectives which are to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding vulnerable adults in the area and to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes
  • support achievement of the priorities that have been agreed by the Board in its strategic and business plan
  • ensure that confidential information is not shared beyond the Board without the permission of the chair.

Promote and support the objectives of the local safeguarding adults board

In order to ensure the work of the Board is effective, each board member shall be a champion for safeguarding adults at risk adults. This means that:

  • each member shall scrutinise vigorously the arrangements in place within their own organisation in respect of working with vulnerable adults and carers to ensure that the arrangements are fit for purpose
  • each member shall take such steps as are necessary within their individual organisation to promote improved arrangements where they deem appropriate
  • each member shall promote effective communication, both within their organisation and with other partner organisations/agencies
  • each member shall promote the work of the Board within their individual organisation and disseminate relevant documentation and information as appropriate so as to raise greater awareness of the issues relating to the safeguarding of adults amongst a wider community.

It is accepted that the role of the representatives on the Board is slightly different in that they cannot have responsibility for other providers/members of the group they represent, however it is expected that they will undertake items 3 and 4.

This Memorandum of Understanding is signed by:

Name:

Organisation:

Signature

Date:

and received by the Strategic Safeguarding Service Manager

Name: Catherine Boyce

Date:

Signature