Introduction from the Chair of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the annual report of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board [NSSAB]. This report covers the period between April 2019 and March 2020. 

Link to the report: NSSAB 2019-20 REPORT

Message from the Independent Chair

It is my pleasure, once again, to welcome you to the annual report of the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board [NSSAB]. This report covers the period between April 2019 and March 2020.

Whilst Covid-19 only affected us towards the end of the reporting period, the impact the virus had and continues to have on all Board partners at the time of writing, must be acknowledged. With that in mind, this year’s report is being published later, is shorter and steers the reader to specific topics by way of web links.

Despite being a shorter report, it still reflects the safeguarding commitments of all Board partners as we work to achieve our intentions as set out in our strategic plan 2018 – 2021.

Within the body of the report, the tremendous amount of work completed by the Boards sub groups is acknowledged. I would like to thank all sub group members for their commitment which, without exception, is provided in addition to their individual roles within their own organisation.

Each of our sub groups had a busy and productive year enabling the Board to continue to review and assist to develop the performance of all partners.

That said, with the change in legislation regarding Safeguarding Children Boards with whom we had a joint Exploitation sub group, coupled with several changes of roles for partnership members who represented the LSAB on that subgroup, since September 2019, that subgroup did not meet for the remainder of this report’s reporting period. 

I am pleased to say that that situation has been resolved and progress will be documented in next year’s report.

Attendance at Board meetings has consistently been particularly good - but it is not the attendance, which is critical, it is the participation, which, I am delighted to say, continues to be excellent. Probing questions concerning partners performance, appropriate professional challenge and examples of best practice are frequent at our meetings.

We continue to work closely with the newly formed Children’s Safeguarding Partnership following the restructuring of the Safeguarding Children Board mentioned above. We have a particular focus on “Transitions” - the move from being a child in need to being an adult with care and support needs. 

Finally, I am confident that the Board is functioning well – but there is always more to do in our endeavours to improve Safeguarding across North Somerset.

Tony Oliver

Independent Chair, North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

December 2020.

Link to previous annual reports:

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017