BSAB Annual Report 2022-2023

Previous Years Annual Reports:

Statement from our Independent Chair Andy Rabey for the Annual Report 2022-2023:

I am keen to build on the good work undertaken and overseen by the previous chair Eleanor Brazil and whilst the previous two annual reports have been delivered during the difficulties of Covid, this report is reflective of the work carried out in the aftermath of the Pandemic. Since my appointment in June 2022, it has been a joy to go out and meet with the differing partnership agencies, including voluntary groups, and I look forward to doing more of this in the coming year. The Bexley SAB outlines in this report the salient work carried out by agencies across the Bexley partnership and reflects the commitment to protecting adults with care and support needs. We have included a section on our Safeguarding Adult Reviews carried out in the last year and highlight where policies and practice were unable to protect adults with care and support needs. Our collective aim through the SAR process is to ensure lessons are learned to improve future policy and practice. We report on how the collaboration of services has been key to ensuring that people in Bexley remain ‘safeguarded’. We evidence this through the introduction of the Integrated Care System. The ICS launched both nationally and regionally across the Southeast London Boroughs continuing to provide an opportunity to bring together agencies and voluntary groups under the banner of an Integrated Care Board. I am hopeful that this will further align services in protecting and enhancing the health and wellbeing of our community. I am excited by the opportunities this presents and look forward to seeing it flourish. Another key focus for me will be listening to the experiences of people affected by safeguarding, particularly those with ‘lived experience.’ This year, I have visited and listened to members of Bexley Mencap about their experiences of living in Bexley; I have attended and supported the Bexley Volunteers Forum; and have met with the Bexley SAB Quality Checkers who work to seek assurances of health and social care provisions for people with a learning disability across Bexley. I consider meeting and listening to professionals, as well as people involved with safeguarding services one of the most important aspects of my role and I look forward to meeting with more voluntary groups and individuals over the coming year. In closing, I hope you enjoy reading this annual report and if you have any questions or comments for the Bexley SAB, please email us at bsab@bexley.gov.uk