About Us

The Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is a multi-agency partnership that promotes the development of adult safeguarding work throughout Suffolk.


Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements

Background & Legislation to the new Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements from 29th September 2019

Children and Young People

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 set in legislation that the three safeguarding partners (Local Authority, Chief Officer of Police, and Clinical Commissioning Groups) must work together with relevant agencies to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in Suffolk. All three partners have equal and joint responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements.

This will replace the pre-existing legislation to for Local Authorities to have Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).


Adults at Risk

There are no changes to the statutory requirement for Local Authorities to have a Safeguarding Adult Board and all the current guidance about the accountabilities of the SAB in the Care Act guidance remain. There are opportunities for joint working across Children and Adult Services and to ‘Think Family’, these will be explored where the opportunity arises in Suffolk.


These new arrangements will be published by 29 June and implemented by 29 September 2019.



SAB Board

The Board consists of senior officers nominated by each of the main agencies who will be responsible for developing and maintaining strong and effective inter agency protocols to safeguard adults at risk from abuse. In addition, members have sufficient delegated authority to effectively represent their agency and to make decisions on their agency's behalf.

Board Members are expected to commit to attending all four board meetings a year; members unable to attend ensure that a deputy attends on their behalf. If they are unable to attend Board Meetings for any reason they send a representative of sufficient seniority.


All member organisations are committed to implementing the Safeguarding Adults Board Policy, Operational Guidance and procedures and work to achieve the following six key principles through the board's strategy and strategic workplans:

  1. Empowerment; taking a person-centred approach, whereby users feel involved and informed

  2. Protection; delivering support to victims to allow them to take action which protects them from further harm

  3. Prevention; responding quickly to all allegations of abuse

  4. Proportionality; ensuring outcomes are appropriate for the individual

  5. Partnership; information is shared appropriately and the person is involved

  6. Accountability; all agencies have a clear leadership role in promoting the key principles adopted by the Board


The six key principles also follow government advice set out in:

  • The Care Act 2014

  • No Secrets' multi-agency guidance published in 2000

  • Joint protocol between Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS), Commission for Social Care Inspection and Association of Chief Police Officers of December 2003

  • Standards for Better Health 2004

  • Safeguarding Adults' Standards published by ADASS in October 2005

  • Any subsequent guidance or legislation issued by central government


In addition the SAB is there to provide leadership and oversight of effective interagency collaboration on a statutory basis from April 2015.

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