The Board’s Independent Chairman
The Care Act 2014 made it clear how important safeguarding vulnerable adults is. The new legislation means that each area must have a board that brings together the local council, the police and health to work together to improve standards. These changes were both welcome and essential. They mean that agencies are now working together to help make sure that some of the most vulnerable in our communities are protected from abuse and neglect. Equally importantly, the new laws helped protect people’s right to choice and control when agencies with safeguarding responsibility intervene in their lives.
Our strategy sets out our goals and how we are working to make a difference. Our aims are to:
- Improve the effectiveness of our local board
- To make sure vulnerable people’s voices are heard
- Rather than reacting when it happens, to prevent abuse and neglect from happening in the first place
As the independent chair of the Board my job is to lead the Board’s work and to hold members to account. The Board should help create an environment where our agencies can work together to support each other and vulnerable people as effectively as possible. Together, we must make sure that the Board adds value and never becomes a “talking shop”.
These are significant responsibilities and the Board would value your views on how we can do better. Tell us what you think here.
Wiltshire Safeguarding Adults Board
The structure of the Board
The main Board has three sub-groups which lead on quality assurance, policy and procedures and learning and development. The Board’s annual report and strategy are received by Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
The learning and development subgroup supports both the Wiltshire and Swindon Safeguarding Boards to broaden best practice in safeguarding adults through monitoring the design and delivery of good quality learning and development.
The Policy & Procedures subgroup’s role is to ensure that the WSAB has appropriate safeguarding policies that enable it to maximise the outcomes for adults at risk in Wiltshire and reflect the diverse communities of Wiltshire.
The quality and assurance groups reviews data and audits services to help the board improve the safeguarding process. The group has an important role to play in enabling the Board to provide assurance that local safeguarding arrangements are in place as defined by the Care Act 2014 and statutory guidance.
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