Safeguarding Adults Board: a multi-agency partnership, made up of statutory and voluntary partners as well as lay-members, established under the Care Act 2014 to promote well-being and oversee Safeguarding Adults work county-wide. The three core statutory partners are the Local Authority, the Police and the NHS (Clinical Commissioning Groups). The full range of partners can be found here.
The SAB has responsibility for publishing an annual report detailing the progress of safeguarding activity, a strategic plan outlining it’s key priorities in consultation with Healthwatch and the local community, and undertaking Safeguarding Adults Reviews where required ensuring that lessons are learned and acted upon.
Operational Practice Subgroup: This group co-ordinates local safeguarding work, and ensures the priorities of the SAB are put into place operationally. Currently, its particular focus is to ensure an outcomes-focused approach is embedded in safeguarding practice, as well as ensuring advocacy provision will meet the Care Act duties.
Performance, Quality & Audit Subgroup: This group establishes effective systems for monitoring, reporting and evaluating performance across agencies, and links annual reporting to improvement planning. The group highlights staffing groups or service areas that require further awareness or training.
Multi-agency Training and Workforce Development Subgroup: This group is responsible for delivering the objectives of the training strategy 2015-18 and overseeing training opportunities in key safeguarding matters affecting a number of agencies. Currently the group is focused on developing multi-agency self neglect training.
Safeguarding Community Network (SCN): This network enables two-way communication and exchange of information between the SAB and clients and carers to improve safeguarding experiences and inform policy development. The network has expanded its membership to include organisations that support and represent people with disabilities, mental ill health and learning disabilities, together with older adults and carers.
Safeguarding Adults Review Subgroup: This meets monthly, consisting of the statutory partners of the East Sussex SAB, with the purpose of considering cases that may require a Safeguarding Adults Review, and makes a recommendation to the SAB Chair.
Sussex Policy and Procedures Review Group: This consists of the statutory partners of the SABs across Sussex, with the purpose of reviewing and updating the Safeguarding Procedures in line with any policy and legal updates.