Keeping Barnsley adults safe from harm

Barnsley Council’s Cabinet members are due to be informed of the work undertaken by

the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) during 2017/18, noting its latest Annual

Report.

At their next meeting on Wednesday, 5 September, members will also hear about the

progress of the Board in meeting its responsibilities to keep Barnsley adults  with care and support

needs safe from harm.

Following the introduction of the Care Act in 2015, Adult Safeguarding became a statutory

responsibility and requires all Local Authority areas to establish a multi-agency Board with

an independent chair. 

The main responsibilities of the Board are to:

  • Provide assurance that single agency and multi-agency responses to prevent and respond to safeguarding are robust.
  • Evaluate the need for a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) when an adult dies and there are concerns about the quality of the multi-agency responses.
  • Produce an annual strategic plan and report on progress against this in the annual report.

This year’s report includes a number of infographics to make the information easy to

Understand, along with insight from a family who were supported to move their relative to

an alternative care provider with very positive outcomes.

Key achievements fulfilled by the Board during 2017/18, are summarised, including the

creation of the Safeguarding Adults Forum (by) Experience (SAFE) sub group; and

the development of a new policy for tackling Self-Neglect and Hoarding.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: “Keeping

people safe is one of the council’s highest priorities and it is essential that local

people have confidence in safeguarding services and know what to do when they are

concerned about their own or someone else’s safety. The publication of the annual report

and the creation of the SAFE group will help embed this knowledge more widely

throughout the borough’s communities.”

The Annual report is available as a digital resource on the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults page of the council website.

The full Cabinet report cam be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2wlYcsi

 

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