Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about working together to support people to make decisions about the risks they face in their own lives, and protecting those who lack the capacity to make these decisions. We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, whether as a carer or family member, a friend or neighbour, an employer, or as a paid or volunteer worker. This section of our website is for service users; their families and friends; employers or carers; and the practitioners and volunteers who work with them.

 

 

The Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency partnership which has statutory functions under the Care Act 2014.The main job of the Safeguarding Adults Board is to ensure that local safeguarding arrangements work effectively so that adults at risk due to health needs, social care needs or disabilities are able to live their lives free of abuse or neglect.

Membership

The Safeguarding Adults Board is chaired by an Independent Chair and membership to the Board includes representation from the following agencies:

  • Bradford Council
  • Police
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)  
  • NHS organisations
  • Probation
  • Fire Services
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Services
  • Housing
  • Independent sector
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Service user representation

The work of the Safeguarding Adults Board takes forward the key values of Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP).  All 6 principles are equally important and should be followed. If at any point staff, people who use services or the general public feel that these principals are not being followed by partner agencies then the Safeguarding Adults Board wants to hear from you. We welcome feedback so that we can make sure we are safeguarding adults properly. A message from our Independent Chair and access to our Strategic Plan is available here

To contact the Safeguarding Adults Board, email BSAB@bradford.gov.uk or call 01274 432736. Please do not call this number to report a concern about an adult. Information on how to do this can be found here 

 

What does this mean?

People should be supported and encouraged to make their own decisions. This should be done by:

  • making services more personal
  • giving people choice and control over decisions
  • asking people what they want the outcome to be

What does this mean for the adult?

You are asked what you want to happen and services plan safeguarding round this.

What does this mean?

Organisations should work together to stop abuse before it happens by:

  • raising awareness about abuse and neglect
  • training staff
  • making sure clear, simple and accessible information is available about abuse and where people can get help

What does this mean for the adult?

You will get clear and simple information about what abuse is and who to ask for help.

What does this mean?

When dealing with abuse situations services must ensure that they always think about the risk. Any response should be appropriate to the risk presented. Services must respect the person, think about what is best for them and only get involved as much as needed.

What does this mean for the adult?

Services think about what is best for you and only get involved when they need to.

What does this mean?

Organisations must ensure that they know what to do when abuse has happened by:

  • what to do if there are concerns
  • how to stop the abuse
  • how to offer help and support for people who are at risk

What does this mean for the adult?

You can get help and support to tell people about abuse and can get involved in the safeguarding as much or as little as you want.

What does this mean?

Organisations should work in partnership with each other and local communities. Local people also have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting abuse.

What does this mean for the adult?

Staff look after your personal information and only share it when this helps to keep you safe.

What does this mean?

Safeguarding is everybody’s business. Everyone must accept that we are all accountable as individuals, services and as organisations.

Roles and responsibilities must be clear so that people can see and check how safeguarding is done.

What does this mean for the adult?

You know what all the different people should do to keep you safe.

The Board meets four times in a year. The minutes from the meetings held in 2017 and 2018 will be made available on this page in early 2019.

At the end of each financial year the Board publishes an annual report. The report tells people what work the Board has done over the past twelve months to help keep adults safe. The Board’s Annual Reports are available below:

Safeguarding Adults Review Policy and Toolkit

Joint Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures

Annual Report