An update from our new Independent Chair, Eleanor Brazil:
I’m delighted to be the new independent chair for Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board. I have previously worked in Bexley, but it’s a long time ago now. In the mid 90's I was the Assistant Chief Officer responsible for children’s social care so its nice to be back in a different role. I’m a social worker by background. For the past 20 years, I’ve been in senior manager roles, and in the past 12 years have been in different parts of England as either a director of adult services or children’s services. Mostly I’ve gone to where services have been judged poor and have helped lead the Improvement journey.
I began my career in Glasgow where my eldest daughter was born. She suffered brain damage at birth and has as a result complex needs, requiring sign language and a lot of patience! Helping her over the years has greatly influenced and strengthened my commitment to improving outcomes for disabled children and adults, and ensuring they are safe and well supported. This new role in Bexley is a new opportunity to work with equally committed staff and partners to deliver this in this area.
For more information regarding the Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board, please read our published materials on the Publications Tab above or email Anita Eader, Practice Review & Learning Manager or Alexandra Gregory, Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
In closing, if you are concerned that an adult may be at risk of abuse, harm or neglect from either themselves, an individual or an organisation, please make contact with the Bexley Contact Centre by calling 020 8303 7777.
Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board has published the following documents:
BSAB Annual Reports:
BSAB Safeguarding Awareness Campaigns:
BSAB Safeguarding Awareness Campaigns postcards:
Conferences:Joint board Modern Slavery Conference material march 2018 -
- Programme Modern Slavery Conference March 2018 (2)
- Metropolitan Police Modern Slavery & Kidnap Unit
- Modern Day Slavery in London
- Forms of Modern Slavery and Domestic Servitude
- Modern Slavery and exploitation – children and young people
BSAB Mental Capacity Toolkit:
Information Sharing Agreement:
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)
- Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
- Lewisham Greenwich NHS Trust
- Dartford Gravesham NHS Trust
- London Fire Services Bexley
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