Royal Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board

The Royal Greenwich Safeguarding Adult Board (GSAB) is a multi-agency partnership which has statutory functions under the Care Act 2014.

The main objective of the board is to assure itself those local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to safeguard adults at risk of abuse in Greenwich with strong governance across partnership agencies that work with adults at risk of harm.

The board has three main duties under the Care Act 2014:

  • It must publish a strategic plan for each financial year that sets how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this. The plan must be developed with local community involvement, and the Safeguarding Adults Board must consult the local Healthwatch  The plan should be evidence-based and make use of all available evidence and intelligence from partners to form and develop its plan.
  • It must publish an Annual Report detailing what the Safeguarding Adults Board has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its strategic plan, and what each member has done to implement the strategy, as well as detailing the findings of any safeguarding adults reviews and subsequent action.
  • It must conduct any safeguarding adults review in accordance with Section 42 of the Care Act.

 In order to meet these objectives the board acts as follows:

  • Agrees and reviews multi-agency, safeguarding adults policy and procedure for protecting vulnerable adults (taking into account statutory requirements), national guidance and, local policies
  • Maintains an annual business plan, setting priorities for preventing and addressing abuse of vulnerable adults, and produces and disseminates an annual report.
  • Monitors incidents of abuse and neglect, reviews trends, and acts where appropriate to improve services and support to vulnerable adults.
  • Regularly evaluates how agencies and providers safeguard vulnerable adults, by introducing rigorous quality assurance and scrutiny systems across partner agencies.
  • Agrees a serious case review protocol and reviews and learns from situations where safeguarding arrangements may have been inadequate.
  • Maintains a programme of training and development on safeguarding vulnerable adults for staff across agencies in the statutory, independent provider and voluntary sectors.
  • Develops and promotes arrangements for adults at risk and carers to be well-informed about their safeguarding arrangements and provide opportunities for service users and carers to influence and feedback on their effectiveness
  • Promotes public awareness of safeguarding as an issue for all citizens and engage the wider community in helping to prevent abuse and neglect and to report where they have concerns.

GSAB easy read annual report 2016/17