What is the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board?

The North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (the Partnership) is a statutory body established by the Care Act 2014. Its main objective is to protect all adults in its area who have needs for care and support and who are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect against which they are unable to protect themselves because of their needs. It achieves this by co-ordinating the work of its member agencies to determine shared policy, facilitate joint training, raise public awareness and monitor and review the quality of services relating to safeguarding adults at risk in North Somerset.

The Partnership will achieve its role by implementing the principles of adult safeguarding, which are shown below along with the impact their implementation should have for adults the Partnership seeks to protect.

Empowerment – People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and giving informed consent. “I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens.”
Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs “I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help.”
Proportionality – The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented “I am sure that the professionals will work in my interest, as I see then and then will only get involved as much as needed.”
Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need “I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent that I want.”
Partnership – Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse “I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me.”
Accountability – Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding. “I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they.”

The North Somerset Safeguarding adults board meets four times a year.

Members of the Board: Members of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adult Board can be found here.

Structure of the Board and its sub-groups can be found here: Structure chart

Constitution: Constitution

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