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4. Why do we have a Safeguarding Adults Board?

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

The aim of the Board is to 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 SAB structure can be seen in appendix 1. Fuller details of the purpose and aims are within the terms of reference in appendix 2. Board membership and attendance for the year 2014 can be seen in appendix 3. This shows that even before the Board was placed on a statutory footing there has been a strong commitment from most agencies to attend regularly.

The Board has key relationships with the Health and Wellbeing Board, the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board, and is working with adjoining Safeguarding Adults Boards to develop consistent policies and procedures.