Introduction from the Chair of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

Welcome to this, the Annual Report of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (NSSAB) for the period April 2017 to March 2018.

This document provides an insight into the work which the Board, its executive group and its sub-groups have completed between April 2017 to March 2018 towards achieving our strategic objectives and progressing our business plan.

The purpose of this report is to provide readers with a summary of activity undertaken by the Board and its sub groups over the reporting period. This year, rather than duplicating information which has already been reported elsewhere, where relevant, we are inviting you to make greater use of the Boards’ web site and the websites of our partners to obtain more detailed information should you so wish.

The financial and resource pressures I reported in last year’s report have resulted in the Board losing its part time business manager and thus many business hours.

It is partly for this reason that we have chosen to alter our reporting style.

To minimise the effect of reduced business support, the Board and its sub groups have had to develop smarter ways of working to ensure that we continue to monitor the delivery of quality safeguarding adult practices across North Somerset.

This has only been possible with the ongoing professional enthusiasm and commitment of all involved in Board and sub group business without which we would be unable to deliver our strategic objectives as set out in our business plan.

Our strategic objectives of the Safeguarding Adult’s Board remain the same as last year and are focussed on the six principles of adult safeguarding:

  • Empowerment: Promoting person-led decisions and informed consent.
  • Protection: Support and Protection for those in greatest need.
  • Prevention: It’s better to act before harm occurs.
  • Proportionality: proportionate and least restrictive/intrusive.
  • Partnership: Working together.
  • Accountability: There is a multi-agency approach for people who need safeguarding support.

The Adults Board continues to work in close collaboration with the Safeguarding Children Board which helps to reduce duplication of work and provides a better understanding of the transition into adult services by those young people whose continue to need adult services.

A summary of member attendance is provided in Appendix A.

Tony Oliver, Independent Chair, North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

September 2018.