In Slough we have a Safeguarding Adults Board made up of representatives from the Council, NHS, Police, independent care providers and the voluntary sector. We treat cases of suspected abuse very seriously and all these organisations work closely together, using the same policies and procedures, to make sure that all cases of suspected abuse are investigated fully and that vulnerable adults are protected from harm.
The work of the Board is governed by the following principles:
- empowerment – presumption of person led decisions and informed consent
- prevention – it is better to take action before harm occurs
- proportionality – proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
- protection – support and representation for those in greatest need
- partnership – local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
- accountability – accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.
The Care Act 2014 has now enshrined Adult Safeguarding in legislation. The Act requires local authorities to set up a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) in their area, giving these boards a clear basis in law for the first time.
The Act says that the Safeguarding Adults Board must do certain things:
- Include the local authority, the NHS and the police and these organisations should meet on a regular basis to discuss and act on local safeguarding issues. Slough Safeguarding Adults Board has all these partners as part of its board and they meet four times a year to discuss local safeguarding issues.
Terms of Reference of the Board.
- That Safeguarding Adults Boards should develop shared plans for safeguarding, working with local people to decide how best to protect adults in vulnerable situations. Slough Safeguarding Adults Board has a business plan which outlines the work that the board intends to do over the next three years.
Slough Safeguarding Board Strategic Business Plan.
- That Safeguarding boards should publish their plans and Annual reports so that different organisations can make sure they are working together in the best way. Slough Safeguarding Adults Board produces an Annual Safeguarding Report detailing its work over the last twelve months.
Slough Annual Safeguarding Report 2015-2016.
Slough Annual Safeguarding Report 2014-2015.
Induction pack for safeguarding adults board members.
Safeguarding Adult Reviews
Under the Care Act the Safeguarding Adults Board must arrange a review of a case involving an adult with care and support needs if:
- there is reasonable cause for concern about how agencies worked together to safeguard the adult,
- and the adult has died, and the SAB knows or suspects that the death resulted from abuse or neglect,
- or if the adult is still alive, and the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.
Under the Care Act, each member of the Board must co-operate in and contribute to the review. Safeguarding Adult Reviews are about learning lessons for the future. They will make sure that Boards get the full picture of what went wrong, so that all organisations can improve their practice and apply those lessons to future cases.
In Slough we have had the following Safeguarding Adult Reviews:
Serious Case Review: female adult DD
- Serious Case Review: male adult CC
- Serious Case Review: female adult EE.
The Safeguarding Adults Review Panel has an Annual Report summarising learning from local case reviews.
Slough Safeguarding Adults Board works with other local authorities across Berkshire and has produced the following documents: