Safeguarding Partnership Board
The Role of the Safeguarding
National Standard 1
Each local authority has established a
multi-agency partnership to lead 'Safeguarding Adults' work.
The Safeguarding Adults Partnership leads the
development of Safeguarding Work.
The partnership is accountable to:
- the Bedford and Central Bedfordshire Strategic
Partnerships through their Adult Health and Wellbeing thematic
partnership boards, which are responsible for providing vision and
strategic leadership to ensure that high quality outcomes are
secured for the population
- elected members of the two councils through the appropriate
scrutiny committee whose role is to hold the Executive to account
and carry out policy review and development.
Accountability for leading the creation and
maintenance of the Partnership is located with the Local Authority
and designated to the Directors of Adult Social services.
To provide strategic multi agency leadership
to ensure that adults in Bedfordshire are appropriately safeguarded
- preventing abuse and neglect from happening
- promoting wellbeing and safety and
- responding effectively to instances of abuse and neglect
- To develop, implement and review effective interagency policies
and procedures for safeguarding adults aged 18 and over who are or
may be eligible for community care services, who because of age,
disability or illness may not be able to effectively protect
themselves from abuse or neglect or seek support.
- To raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of abuse and
neglect in order that communities and organisations know how to
respond effectively and coherently.
- To ensure that vulnerable adults who use services we provide or
commission or that operate in the Board’s area are safe and their
care and treatment is appropriate to their needs.
- To ensure that each organisation has systems in place that
evidence they discharge their functions in ways that safeguard
- To develop and maintain a strong and evolving network of
stakeholders including vulnerable adults, their carers and
- To become a Board that together learns and shares lessons from
national and local experience and research.
- To oversee local safeguarding activity and information sharing
and evaluate the impact and quality of safeguarding work. To
monitor data on the incidence of abuse and the outcomes of
- To establish a training programme for staff, volunteers,
service users and carers and monitor its implementation and
- To develop and implement an annual business plan, ensuring that
all agencies and organisations involved make an appropriate
contribution to the achievement of Board objectives.
- To ensure that effective links exist between the Safeguarding
Adults Board and other Boards with related agendas including
Children’s Safeguarding, Supporting People, Community Safety, and
Local Strategic Partnerships.
- To undertake serious case reviews where an adult has died, been
significantly harmed or put at serious risk as a result of
confirmed or suspected abuse or neglect.
Elected representatives of Bedford Borough and
Central Bedfordshire Councils
Senior representatives of:
- Bedfordshire Victim Support
- Central Bedfordshire Council
- Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT)
- The Home Owners Federation
- Bedford Hospital Acute Trust
- Bedfordshire Domiciliary Care Association
- Luton & Dunstable Acute Trust
- Bedfordshire Probation Service
- Bedfordshire Community Health Services
- Service users (with support)
- Children’s Safeguarding Board
An Operational Sub-group exists to
support the work of the Safeguarding Board, by realising and
informing the strategic direction set by the Board and considering
key safeguarding themes for vulnerable adults. The
operational sub-group will meet at least 6 times per year to
prepare material for the Safeguarding Board and ensure that actions
arising from the Board are put into practice.
Task and Finish Groups will be convened on an
ad hoc basis to undertake specific projects for the Board or
undertaken serious case reviews.
Role and function
To support the work of the Safeguarding Board,
by realising and informing the strategic direction set by the Board
and considering key safeguarding themes for vulnerable adults:
- Preventing abuse and neglect by commissioning and providing
safe and high quality services
- Responding to abuse and neglect by monitoring and reviewing
incidents of abuse
- Informing and implementing safeguarding activity within all
organisations to embed safeguarding awareness into mainstream
- Ensure the voice of vulnerable adults is heard
- Ensure that working groups and individuals are delegated
activity to deliver the objectives of the Safeguarding Board and
that these tasks are competed on time and to the appropriate
standard for consideration by the safeguarding Board
- Develop and monitor the effectiveness of policies and
procedures for agreement by the Safeguarding Board within the
framework of evolving national policy, guidance and legislation and
make recommendations to the Board
To convene and oversee working groups to
develop good practice and carry forward the key tasks set by the
operational board. Such groups to include:
- A training and professional development working
group – to operate and review a multi agency cross sector
training programme. This group will meet at least once per
year and more frequently where required, to review the outcomes and
effectiveness of training provided, establish a programme for the
year and implement the training elements of the improvement
- A policy and procedure working group – to
review and update the multi-agency safeguarding procedures.
This group will meet at least once per year and more frequently
where required, to review the outcomes and effectiveness of
safeguarding procedures in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire and
implement the policy and procedure elements of the improvement
- A practice and performance working group – to
manage Safeguarding performance and quality. This group will
meet at least once per year and more frequently where required to
implement the practice and performance elements of the improvement
- Task and finish groups to undertake specific
projects on behalf of the Safeguarding Board or operational
- Serious Care Review groups to undertake
serious case reviews where an adult has died, been significantly
harmed or put at serious risk as a result of confirmed or suspected
abuse or neglect
2nd or 3rd tier officers
representing the membership of the Safeguarding Board SOVA leads
for Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.
Chaired by an Assistant Director of Bedford Borough Council or
Central Bedfordshire Council.
More information can be found via the
Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board webpage