What we do
The board hold regular meetings, and the subgroups of the board do too. One of those subgroups, and perhaps the most important, is the Safeguarding Adults Review group. They meet each month and one of their priorities is to review any SAR referrals. This small group consists of representatives from adult social services, the police, health and a solicitor. We also have our business group, who are leads from the main agencies in Norfolk as well as other sectors, such as Trading Standards, Border Force and the chairs of our locality adult safeguarding partnerships. They meet bi monthly to discuss safeguarding issues which are relevant to their area and work to put the safeguarding strategy into practice and report directly into the board. Of course, we have our PML subgroup too, which you can read more about on our website.
We also do a whole host of other things, other than meetings! Walter, Becky, Andrea and James are the business team of NSAB and one of our key roles is to promote adult safeguarding. We support training, via Norfolk County Council or our preferred supplier, St Thomas Training, as well as promote courses and webinars hosted by other organisations. We link in with our colleagues in the Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and we present to a wide range of groups to share the safeguarding message. We also try and attend as many safeguarding meetings as possible with partner agencies – including district councils and the local diocese.
We work with Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support, Norfolk County Council and the integrated care board (formerly CCGs) to support providers of care and link in with local, regional and national groups/forums in order to identify common themes, share knowledge, learning and resources. Our aim is to focus on prevention as much as possible and our business plan, which we review regularly, ensures that we concentrate on the priorities at that time. One of our key areas of interest is self-neglect and hoarding and we have shared our self-neglect and hoarding strategy online and with many of our partner agencies and other organisations. Our guidance and information sheets are also a very popular resource. We work closely with subject matter experts in order to bring these to you.
One of our key roles is to promote adult safeguarding. It might be the digital age but we also need to reach out to those people who don’t use or have access to digital devices, so we use promotional materials such as posters and leaflets which we encourage partner organisations to display in their premises. Our materials are also visible in many health centres and GP practices. You may have seen our safeguarding pens and tote bags in use!
Board manager Walter’s blogs are very popular – you never know what the subject matter might be, but there is always a safeguarding link. We have an active social media presence and you may wish to follow us on Twitter @norfolksab