Board Subgroups and Governance Structure

SSP Governance Structure


Learning and Improvement Subgroup

Supports the SSP in fulfilling its statutory duty to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Board partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults and advise them on ways to improve. This is achieved by monitoring a range of performance data, statutory and practice audits and quality assurance activity.


Area Locality Forums

The Area Locality Forums operate from a variety of locations across the county. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis in each of the three geographical areas and details of upcoming meetings are held on the left of this page.

These forums are designed to give any professional working directly with adults at risk of harm the opportunity to feedback on their experiences of working in this field. The forums operate under a 'Chatham House Rules' arrangement, with practitioners free to speak openly and freely about their experiences and any concerns that they might have with regards to the quality of training, support from members, sharing of information with colleagues and partners, or a range of other issues.

Professionals are welcome from all agencies working within Suffolk as long as they either work directly with adults at risk or are undertaking a role that may have a direct impact on their support and care (such as in the case of business support roles.)

If you are interested in attending any of the groups in your area, please contact us.


Safeguarding Adults Review Panel

The Safeguarding Adults Review (SARP), formerly the Serious Case Review (SCR) Subgroup, are responsible for commissioning the undertaking of Serious Case Reviews, now known as Safeguarding Adults Reviews, on behalf of the SSP as and when required under No Secrets (2000) and the Care Act 2014.

The group commission and oversee the completion of the SAR process, working with involved professionals from start to finish, communicating with service users and families and commissioning the author of the final SAR report before developing action plans as a result of recommendations made in terms of practice by the independent author.

In addition to this role, the group may undertake reviews or analytical work of practice that does not meet the requirement for a SAR, with a view to gathering further learning that can be shared and dissemninated amongst members of the Safeguarding Partnership.

As of 2015-2016, the Safeguarding Adults Review Panel has been delegated responsibility for the gathering of shared learning from practice nationwide, including developing action plans as a result of SARs that have been undertaken elsewhere in the country, and sharing learning, both positive and negative, with board members as a result of these incidents and the resultant reports.

The SARP meet monthly, with a view to feeding back any learning to the full Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership Adults Board via a standing agenda item on national practice and learning opportunities.


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