Introduction from the Chair of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

Welcome to this, my second annual report as Independent Chair of North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (NSSAB).  This document provides an insight into the work which the Board, its executive group and its sub-groups have completed between April 2016 to March 2017 towards achieving our strategic objectives and progressing our business plan.

I reported last year that the NSSAB and the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (NSSCB) were starting to develop more collaborative working.  With on-going financial and resource pressures affecting all our partners, it was right that we looked at how we could make better use of time and resources whilst improving our services along the lines of the “Think Family” policy.

You will note some of the sub-group reports are now joint NSSAB and NSSCB reports.  Working together in that way has enabled both Boards to develop working practices which offer opportunities to reduce duplication of work, reduce the number of meetings and offer a greater understanding of the links between vulnerable children and vulnerable adults.

There are no plans to join the two Boards but we recognise the benefits of closer working.

As the Board Chair, I recognise and value the commitment of all partners to ensure that, so far as possible, adults in most need are safe from abuse and neglect in our communities.  I am confident that, in partnership, NSSAB will continue to focus on and deliver that goal.

This Annual Report provides a summary of the work of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017) to safeguard adults and prevent abuse.

The Care Act 2014 now places Safeguarding Adults Boards on a statutory footing with clear regulations and guidance on their role and function.

A summary of member attendance is provided in Appendix C.

The strategic objectives of the Safeguarding Adult’s Board 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 Board is supported by six sub-groups which drive forward specific work as identified within the Strategic Plan (Appendix B). Each sub-group is accountable to the Board and provides an update on a quarterly basis.