The Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) is a statutory body established by the Care Act 2014. It is made up of senior people from organisations that have a role in preventing the neglect and abuse from adults. Its main objective is to protect all adults in its area who have needs for care and support and who are experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect against which they are unable to protect themselves because of their needs.
Statement of Purpose:
The Board is to protect and promote individual human rights so that adults stay safe and are at all times protected from abuse, neglect, discrimination, or poor treatment.
- Not tolerate abuse
- Reduce risk to adults in vulnerable situations, as well as reacting effectively when it happens
- Ensure local systems aim to protect people at risk are proportionate, balanced and responsive
- Work together to prevent harm and improve services
- Ensure there is communication with the public to develop awareness of the need to safeguard and protect adults in vulnerable situations from harm
- Provide information and support on how to access services to ensure the safety of adults in vulnerable situations
- Hold local agencies responsible and to give good reason for practice relating to Adult Safeguarding, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Mental Capacity.
The Board has a number of statutory duties as set out in the Care Act 2014:
- Ensure Statutory Partners are appropriately represented on the SAB.
- Develop and produce a 3 year Strategy and an annual Business Plan in order to direct the work of the Board that reflects priorities
- Publish a SAB annual report/accountability statement highlighting the Board’s progress and achievements in meeting stated objectives in the Strategic Safeguarding Plan and ensuring this is widely reported across partner agencies and organisations.
- Learn from the experiences of individuals, through undertaking Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR) in accordance with the national guidance of best practice and the Board’s SAR protocol.
Our Structure and Governance: The Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) meets on a quarterly basis (every 3 months) and is supported by an executive Chairs Group. The Chairs Group are the named leads of all the BSAB Sub Groups which also meets quarterly. The Sub Groups of the BSAB are considered where the work of the Board takes place outside of the statutory Board meetings.
The Sub Groups are:
- Publicity & Communications
- Local Implementation Network (LIN)
- Serious Adult Review (SAR) / Best Practice & Learning Lessons
- Performance Management & Quality Assurance / Training & Development
Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board has published the following documents:
BSAB Annual Report 2015/2016: BSAB Annual 2015 2016
BSAB Annual Report 2016/2017: BSAB Annual Report 2016 2017
BSAB Safeguarding Awareness Campaign Postcards: Post cards
BSAB Safeguarding Awareness Campaign Tri-fold Leaflet: Trifold Leaflet
All agencies with full or associate membership of the SAB agree to subscribe to the underpinning values, principles and definitions laid out within the existing and any subsequent revisions of the ‘Protecting adults at risk: London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse’.
Partner agencies will:
Work together, as partners to deliver effective frameworks for improved safeguarding, prevention and best practice;
Actively promote, the empowerment, independence and well-being of vulnerable adults;
Ensure the safety of vulnerable adults, by integrating strategies, policies and services relevant to abuse within the framework of relevant legislation and promotion of human rights;
Respect the right of the individual to lead an independent life based on self-determination and personal choice;
Identify people who are unable to take their own decisions and/or protect themselves, their assets and bodily integrity, ensuring they have access, as necessary, to statutory (an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate) or other advocacy service, to enable a decision to be made in their best interest;
Ensure an assessment of decision making capacity is undertaken where a vulnerable adult makes life-transforming decisions or choices that may adversely affect their well-being and protection from abuse or risk of abuse and where they do not have appropriate family or friends to support them;
Accept that the right to self-determination can involve risk and ensure that such risk is assessed, recognised and understood by all concerned;
Seek to minimise risks through open discussion between the individual and agencies about the risks involved and through the use of agreed protection arrangements and risk management plans;
Ensure that when the right to an independent lifestyle and choice is at risk the individual concerned receives appropriate help, including advice, support and protection, where necessary from relevant agencies;
Assure that the law and statutory requirements are known and used appropriately so that vulnerable adults receive the protection of the law and access to the judicial process.
The BSAB is fortunate to have an Independent Chair. Annie Callanan has been in post since January 2015. The Chair's main role is to support and challenge the commitment and vision of the Board and its partners with a main focus upon how agencies effectively work together to safeguard, prevent and reduce the risk of abuse and neglect.
As posted in Bexley Magazine, May 2016, 'The Board is celebrating its second year Independently Chaired by Annie Callanan, which involves the efforts of the Police, NHS agencies, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Local Authority to protect vulnerable adults in the Borough from neglect and abuse. Since its formation, over 1,000 referrals have been received.
The Board’s achievements this year include: delivering training and support to staff in - care homes and domiciliary care agencies, social workers, quality assurance representatives and advocacy services. This means staff working with vulnerable adults are now able to understand the risks to these individuals and know how to report their concerns.
Another highlight has been the Board’s work with a registered care home in Bexley, which was failing. The Board worked together with the CCG and staff at the home to successfully bring the home out of its ‘Special Measures’ conditions and providing good quality care. New website pages on Bexley’s Care Hub - https://carehub.bexley.gov.uk/web/portal/pages/home now gives advice and guidance to members of the public with a safeguarding concern. A new publicity campaign due to be launched in the summer will also deliver the message that protecting vulnerable people is everyone’s business.
However, the Board will not rest on its achievements alone, but will continue to work hard to protect vulnerable adults in Bexley. If you are concerned that an adult you know may be at risk of abuse, harm or neglect from either an individual or an organisation, please make contact with the Safeguarding Adults Team by calling 020 8303 7777.'
How is the BSAB funded?
The BSAB is a partnership funded through financial contributions from the three statutory partners:
- Local Authority
- London Metropolitan Police
- Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
The BSAB is fortunate to have other contributors from the following partners:
- Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
- Lewisham Greenwich NHS Trust
- Dartford Gravesham NHS Trust
- London Fire Services Bexley
Other member agencies support the Board by other means, such as financially contribution to review processes or engaging in the work of the BSAB Sub Group Members of the BSAB are expected to consider what assistance they can provide in supporting the Board in its work. It is in all core partner's interest to have an effective Board that is adequately resourced to carry out its functions.