What is the Safeguarding Adults Board?
With the implementation of the Care Act 2014, Safeguarding Adults Boards across the country were given statutory powers and responsibilities, helping them to operate in much the same way that Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) do.
The Safeguarding Adult Board must publish a strategic plan, write an annual report and conduct a Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) in cases where there is suspicion that abuse or neglect has caused death or serious injury to an adult with care and support needs.
The role of the Safeguarding Adult Board is:
- To ensure the safeguarding of adults at risk in Peterborough, to prevent abuse and neglect happening within the community and in service settings
- To provide independent governance and audit of safeguarding practices and to promote the safeguarding interests of vulnerable adults to enable their wellbeing and safety
- To promote, inform and support the work to safeguard adults in Peterborough across all the partnership agencies
- To develop Peterborough’s strategic safeguarding policies, and ensure the inclusion of these polices in all agencies strategy documents and plans.
It achieves this by working with the Police, Health, Social Care and voluntary agencies to ensure that adults with care and support needs, their support agencies and the wider community can raise awareness about abuse, develop a culture that does not tolerate abuse, and prevent abuse from happening wherever possible.
The Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board meets quarterly, and is made up of representatives from:
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
- Peterborough City Council (representation from Adult Social Care, Community Safety, Children’s Services and including the lead member for adult services)
- Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
- National Probation Service
- Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BeNCH CRC)
- Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
- City College Peterborough
- Axiom Housing
- Peterborough Regional College
- Independent Providers
- HMP Peterborough
- Peterborough Voluntary Sector representatives