The Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is a multi-agency partnership that promotes the development of adult safeguarding work throughout Suffolk.
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 vulnerable adults 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:
- Empowerment; taking a person-centred approach, whereby users feel involved and informed
- Protection; delivering support to victims to allow them to take action which protects them from further harm
- Prevention; responding quickly to all allegations of abuse
- Proportionality; ensuring outcomes are appropriate for the individual
- Partnership; information is shared appropriately and the person is involved
- 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.