1. Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Executive Board
Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Executive Board (SSAB) is committed to achieving 'zero tolerance' in terms of abuse or neglect of Adults at Risk, and to the operation of effective safeguarding processes that are underpinned by the following values:
- Every individual has a right to be protected against harm and exploitation, and a right to dignity and respect;
- It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard Adults at Risk within our society.
Whilst the Council, NHS Partners, the Police Authority and others hold ultimate responsibility for safeguarding within their individual organisations, it is the SSAB that brings the critical interdependence that maximises the effectiveness of their activity.
The work of the SSAB is underpinned by the 6 Key Principles of Adult Safeguarding identified in the Care Act (2014):
- Empowerment – People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent;
“I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens”
- Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs;
“I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help”
- Proportionality – The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented;
“I am sure that professionals will work in my interest, as I see them and they will only get involved as much as needed”
- Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need;
“I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want”
- Partnership – Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse;
“I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me”
- Accountability – Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding;
“I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they”
The Board also works to and promotes the following key principles:
- Provision of strong, effective leadership;
- Support communications, collaboration, innovation and raising awareness;
- Embrace partnership working;
- Promote quality, performance and 'learning lessons';
- Develop and implement training and workforce development;
- Prevent and respond to abuse;
- Develop and implement robust governance arrangements.
SSAB leads and holds to account partners for Safeguarding Adults in the City, in order to maximise positive safeguarding outcomes for those living in Sunderland. SSAB ensures that it has a shared strategic vision that is embedded in the strategies and plans of the Council and all of its partners and that the work of SSAB interfaces and is complimentary to the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Adult Partnership Board, Health and Well Being Board and the Safeguarding Children Board, both from an operational and strategic perspective.
SSAB partners must therefore be active and able to influence and direct their organisations in ensuring adults are and feel safe and are supported to challenge and change abusive situations, lead and support the development and implementation of safeguarding practices and procedures within their own organisations, take forward agreed Action Plans which prevent and minimise abuse, protect individuals and support the delivery of fairness to all.SSAB leads work in the City to ensure that for adults who are at risk or in vulnerable situations, the partners or agencies that support them and the wider community can:
- Enshrine a culture that will not tolerate abuse and neglect;
- Raise awareness about abuse and neglect;
- Prevent abuse and neglect from happening wherever possible;
- Where abuse and neglect does happen, support and safeguard the rights of people harmed to:
- Stop abuse and neglect continuing;
- Access services they need;
- Gain improved access to justice.
The Care Act's 6 Key Principles are critical to the success of the Board. They guide the work of the Board and provide a focus for Safeguarding Adults activity across the City. In addition, the Board has 3 Key Areas of Focus for 2017-2020, which are underpinned by the 6 Key Principles:
Each of these Key Areas of Focus will be progressed through:
- Statutory actions as laid out in the Care Act
- Local actions as identified and agreed by the Board