Safeguarding adults and reducing the risk of harm to individuals in our communities requires effective co-ordination. The Care Act 2014 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 Care Act 2014 Guidance provides further detail on how this should be achieved.
The objective of a SAB is to help and protect adults who have needs for care and support, who are experiencing or are at risk of abuse or neglect, and as a result of their needs are unable to protect themselves from abuse or neglect. This is whether or not the adult is having their needs met or they meet the local authority’s eligibility criteria for care and support services.
The Act says that the SAB must:
- include the local authority, the NHS and the police, who should meet regularly to discuss and act upon local safeguarding issues
- develop shared plans for safeguarding, working with local people to decide how best to protect adults in vulnerable situations
- publish a safeguarding plan and report to the public annually on its progress, so that different organisations can make sure they are working together in the best way
The SAB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in Telford and Wrekin will cooperate to safeguard adults at risk in the Borough and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.
Telford & Wrekin previously shared a Board with Shropshire but to ensure there was a clearer focus on the population for Telford and Wrekin it was felt that a standalone Board and Plan was needed. This Board has been established and will meet for the first time on 23 April. An independent website is currently being developed where information pertaining to the Board, its work, relevant information will be held.
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