Bracknell Forest and Windsor & Maidenhead Safeguarding Adults Board

Who are we?

Background:

Safeguarding Adults Boards were established under the Care Act 2014, although non statutory partnership boards existed before that.  The act requires local authorities to set up a Safeguarding Adults Board in their area, giving these boards a clear basis in law for the first time. The Care Act 2014 has now enshrined adult safeguarding in legislation.

Bracknell Forest and Windsor & Maidenhead have a joint Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) made up of representatives from the two Local Authorities (LAs), Police, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other agencies working with adults with care and support needs within the two boroughs. We treat cases of suspected abuse very seriously and all these organisations work closely together, using the same policies and procedures to make sure that all cases of suspected abuse are investigated fully and that adults with care and support needs are able to protect themselves from harm. The Board has adopted the principles of “Making Safeguarding Personal” which are now enshrined within the Care Act 2014.

Membership

All board members must be committed to working together in order to achieve continuous improvement in practice and positive outcomes for adults. Membership includes core members, as identified in the Care Act 2014, and associate members who are invited on to the Board in order to facilitate multi-agency working.

Members:

  • Independent Chair
  • SAB Board managers

Core members:

  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
  • Thames Valley Police    

Associate members:

  • Alzheimer’s Dementia Support
  • Berkshire Care Association      
  • Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Bracknell Forest Housing
  • Care Quality Commission        
  • Children Services
  • Community Safety
  • Frimley Health Foundation Trust          
  • Healthwatch    
  • Housing Solutions
  • Involve
  • National Probation Service
  • Optalis
  • Radian Housing            
  • Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • West London Mental Health Trust

More information about membership and expectations of members can be found in the handbook

What do we do?

The main objective of the Board is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements are in place. It brings together key partners to provide strategic oversight of adult safeguarding to ensure that vulnerable residents of the two boroughs are protected from abuse or neglect. This involves working towards preventing abuse in the first place, but also responding to abuse when it is occurring. Partners should act to help and protect adults in the local area who:

  • have need for care and support
  • are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • as a result of those care and support needs, are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of experience of abuse or neglect

The work of the Board is governed by the following principles:

  • Empowerment - presumption of person led decisions and informed consent
  • Prevention - it is better to take action before harm occurs
  • Proportionality - proportionate and 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 delivering safeguarding. 
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