The work of safeguarding adults boards is now directed by legislation – the Care Act 2014 which became law on 1st April 2015.
The Act sets out the core purpose of the board as ensuring that local safeguarding arrangements are effective and take account of the views of the local community.
The definition of adults within the Care Act which the Board seeks to protect is any person aged 18 years or over who:
- has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
- is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
- as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.