Safeguarding Adults Board

Information about the role of the safeguarding adults board, what they are responsible for, what safeguarding is and what the safeguarding adults principles are.

What is the role of the Safeguarding Adults Board?

The overall objective of the board is to enhance the quality of life of the vulnerable adults who are at risk of abuse and to progressively improve the services of those in need of protection. The board is a multi agency organisation with and independent chair.

The role of the board is to:

  • determine safeguarding policy
  • coordinate safeguarding activity between agencies
  • facilitate joint training.

The board consists of relevant agencies which have a key statutory role in the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. The main responsibility lies with

  • adult social care services (East Riding of Yorkshire Council)
  • health services (including NHS East Riding of Yorkshire)
  • Humberside Police
  • regulatory bodies (Care quality commission)
  • Humberside Fire and Rescue
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

There are other organisations who have direct involvement or may have an interest in the board, including:

  • voluntary and independent agencies
  • housing providers
  • carer support services
  • user-led organisations
  • advocacy and advice services.

What does the Safeguarding Adults Board have responsibility for?

The East Riding of Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board will have responsibility for:

  • ensuring current safeguarding adult arrangements and governance across relevant agencies are fit for purpose
  • oversight of and monitoring implementation of core multi-agency policies, procedures, guidelines and protocols for safeguarding vulnerable adults, initiating serious case reviews as required; and ensuring all agencies have local guidelines
  • ensuring that all partner agencies have robust management arrangements in place to ensure the implementation of and adherence to the agreed policy and procedures, for safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • communicating and publishing relevant information to ensure that staff members, users, carers and the general public are informed and updated on issues and best practice concerning safeguarding adults
  • ensuring robust quality and performance monitoring of the incidence of harm of vulnerable adults in the East Riding of Yorkshire and initiating review of cases where appropriate
  • overseeing the development of an agreed training strategy, including the provision of relevant training and workforce development for all staff
  • ensuring that the views of user and carers views are sought and listened to in the development of safeguarding services and commissioning arrangements
  • producing an Annual Report on the Board’s work, including outcomes and future action plans which will be reported to Social Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Health and Social Care Executive , Partnership Boards and Safer and Stronger Communities Action Group.

What is safeguarding?

The role of safeguarding is to enable all adults to maintain their independence and well-being, and ensure they can live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. It is also about promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis.

There are a number of types of abuse, further details can be found on the safeguarding adults team page.

What are the safeguarding adults principles?

The underpinning principles of Safeguarding adults are outlined below.

Safeguarding Adults Principles

Principle Description
Empowerment Presumption of person led decisions and consent
Protection Support and representation for those in greatest need
Prevention Prevention of harm and abuse is a primary objective
Proportionality Proportionality and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
Partnerships Local solutions through services working with communities
Accountability Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding
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