Safeguarding means protecting an adult's right to live safe, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect. At the same time we need to make sure that the adult's wellbeing is promoted. This includes, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. Organisations should always promote the adult's wellbeing in their safeguarding arrangements.
The aims of adult safeguarding are to:
- prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs
- stop abuse or neglect wherever possible
- safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about how they want to live
- promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adults concerned.
- raise public awareness so that communities, alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect.
- provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and how to raise a concern about the safety or well-being of an adult
- address what has caused the abuse or neglect
The role of the Safeguarding Adults Board
The board oversees and leads adult safeguarding across Gateshead. It is interested in a range of matters that contribute to the prevention of abuse and neglect. The main objective of any Safeguarding Adults Board is to ensure that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults in its area who meet safeguarding adults criteria. We encourage board members to challenge each other and other organisations where it believes that their actions or inactions are increasing the risk of abuse or neglect. This includes commissioners as well as providers of services.
The Board has three core duties:
- to publish a strategic plan for each financial year
- to publish an annual report detailing what the Board has done during the year
- it must conduct any Safeguarding Adult Reviews
The Safeguarding Adults Board is supported by an Executive Group and five Sub-Groups:
- Quality and Assurance Group - chaired by Gateshead Health Foundation Trust
- Responsible for Learning and Improvement, Performance Management and Quality Assurance
- Practice Delivery Group - chaired by Gateshead Housing Company
- Responsible for
- the development and implementation of Multi-Agency Policy Procedures,
- practice guidance,
- communication and engagement
- Responsible for
- Safeguarding Adults Review and Complex Case Group - chaired by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
- Responsible for co-ordinating Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Complex Cases
- Strategic Exploitation Group (Joint with the Local Safeguarding Children's Board) - chaired by Northumbria Police
- Responsible for Sexual Exploitation, Modern Slavery and Trafficking
- Training Group - chaired by Gateshead Council
- Responsible for the development, implementation and co-ordination of the Safeguarding Adult Board training programme