TSAB purpose, principles and core duties
The overarching purpose of a Safeguarding Adults Board is to help and safeguard adults with care and support needs. We do this by:
- Assuring ourselves that local safeguarding arrangements are in place as defined by the Care Act 2014 and statutory guidance.
- Assuring ourselves that safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome-focused.
- Working collaboratively to prevent abuse and neglect where possible.
- Ensuring agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred.
- Assuring ourselves that safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in Torbay.
The Torbay Safeguarding Adults Board leads adult safeguarding arrangements across our locality and we oversee and coordinate the effectiveness of the safeguarding work of our member and partner agencies. We have developed and actively promote a culture with our members, partners and the local community that recognizes the values and principles contained in ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’. We also concern ourselves with a range of issues which can contribute to the wellbeing of our community and the prevention of abuse and neglect, such as:
- The safety of people who use services in local health settings, including mental health.
- The safety of adults with care and support needs living in social housing.
- Effective interventions with adults who self-neglect, for whatever reason.
- The quality of local care and support services.
- The effectiveness of prisons in safeguarding offenders.
- Making connections between adult safeguarding and domestic abuse.
In 2011 the Government outlined six key principles which seek to increase the protection for vulnerable adults and sets out the key issues which must inform local arrangements:
- Empowerment: people being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent.
- Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs.
- Proportionality: the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
- Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need.
- Partnership: local solutions through services working with their communities – communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
- Accountability: accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice.
Every Safeguarding Adult Board has three core duties. We must:
- Develop and publish a strategic plan (under review) setting out how we will meet our objectives and how our member and partner agencies will contribute.
- Publish an annual report (under review) detailing how effective our work has been.
- Commission Safeguarding Adults Reviews for any cases which meet the criteria for these (see What is a Safeguarding Adult Review and when should one be considered?)