Lay Members

The role of lay members is to enable effective ties to be developed between the SAB and the local community and ensuring the work of the SAB is transparent and accessible.

Lay members support the work of the Board by:

  • Contributing to the development of strategies and plans to respond to and prevent abuse and neglect
  • Challenging the work of the SAB where required
  • Bringing an awareness and knowledge of the diverse communities and individuals living in East Sussex and through this


“Having joined the Safeguarding Adults Board as a lay member in the summer of 2016 I have had the opportunity to participate in various board meetings, and meetings of the Board’s sub-committees which operate with the joint responsibility of ensuring vulnerable adults are protected in the community. I have been impressed by the structure, commitment and broad oversight taken by the SAB in effectively fulfilling its remit to develop an ethos and culture of working across the community, with rigorous professional standards and appropriate challenge to ensure safeguarding is a top priority across the county. 

It is evident that systems are in place to continuously monitor, appraise and challenge safeguarding practice and to ensure client voices are heard in striving to ensure vulnerable people are safeguarded from harm”

Board Lay member 2017

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