The Care Act 2014 puts Safeguarding Adults Boards on a statutory footing and requires that each local authority has a board in place The main objective of the Board is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners (statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations) act to help and protect adults in the area who meet the criteria set out in the Act.
The SAB has a role in overseeing and leading adult safeguarding across the locality. It also has a role as a source of advice and assistance. This includes a focus on:
assuring itself that safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome-focused
working collaboratively to prevent abuse and neglect where possible
confirming that agencies and individuals will give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred
verifying that safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in its area
The SAB has its own dedicated website which provides information on adult safeguarding.