The Care Act 2014 states that every local authority must have safeguarding adults board (SAB) which should include representatives from the local authority, the NHS and the police.
The main objective of a SAB is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults in its area who meet the criteria under s42 Care Act.
The SAB must lead adult safeguarding arrangements across its area and oversee and coordinate the effectiveness of the safeguarding work of its member and partner agencies.
SABs have three core duties under the Care Act. They must:
- develop and publish a strategic plan setting out how they will meet their objectives and how their member and partner agencies will contribute
- publish an annual report detailing how effective their work has been
- commission safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) for any cases which meet the criteria for these.
The board has a key responsibility for protecting adults from abuse, reducing the risk of abuse and supporting people to stop abuse where it happens. Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) meet every two months, five times a year plus one development day, usually in early autumn.
NSAB is made up of partner agencies including senior representatives from: acute hospitals, adult social services, police, CCGs, Norfolk Fire & Rescue, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, district councils, probation service, public health, University of East Anglia, Healthwatch, voluntary sector and a local councillor.
Here are some links to easy read leaflets about safeguarding which you may find helpful: