Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board
The overarching purpose of Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board is to help and safeguard adults with care and support needs. It does this by:
- assuring itself that local safeguarding arrangements are in place as defined by the Care Act 2014 and statutory guidance
- assuring itself that safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome-focused
- working collaboratively to prevent abuse and neglect where possible
- ensuring agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred
- assuring itself that safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in its area.
Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board leads adult safeguarding arrangements across Buckinghamshire and oversees and coordinates the effectiveness of the safeguarding work of its member and partner agencies. The Board is responsible for developing and actively promoting a culture with its members, partners and the local community that recognises the values and principles contained in ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’. The Board also covers a range of issues which can contribute to the wellbeing of its community and the prevention of abuse and neglect, including:
- the safety of people who use services in local health settings, including mental health
- the safety of adults with care and support needs living in social housing
- effective interventions with adults who self-neglect, for whatever reason
- the quality of local care and support services
- the effectiveness of prisons in safeguarding offenders
- making connections between adult safeguarding and domestic abuse.
Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board has three core duties;
- To develop and publish a strategic plan setting out how we will meet our objectives and how our member and partner agencies will contribute
- publish an annual report detailing how effective our work has been
- commission safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) for any cases which meet the criteria for these.
In order to meet their core duties and overarching objective, the Board will require information including general and personal data. Personal data is needed to undertake, for example, safeguarding adults reviews and general data is needed to identify trends and patterns in safeguarding activity, abuse and neglect. The grounds on which Board can require information to be supplied to them are specified in Section 45 of the Care Act.
The six safeguarding principles:
- Empowerment: people being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent
- Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs
- Proportionality: the 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 and transparency in safeguarding practice
The Board also has a role where the are areas of conflict in relation to safeguarding practices. The Board has an Esclation policy which enables professionals to seek guidance and support from the Board when there are issues of conflict around how to protect an adult with care and support needs.
For more information please contact Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board on 01296 383758 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BSAB Current Structure
BSAB Current membership