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Bolton Safeguarding Adults Board


  1. Introduction
  2. Structure of the Bolton’s Safeguarding Adults Board

1. Introduction

Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) have been set up by local authorities to coordinate the delivery of Adult Safeguarding across agencies. The main objective of the SAB is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help protect adults in its area who meet the criteria set out in Introduction and Aims of the Manual, Adults at Risk of Abuse or Neglect.

These will include the safety of patients in its local health services, quality of local care and support services, effectiveness of prisons and approved premises in safeguarding offenders and awareness and responsiveness of further education services. It is important that SAB partners feel able to challenge each other and other organisations where it believes that their actions or inactions are increasing the risk of abuse or neglect. This will include commissioners, as well as providers of services.

The SAB can be an important source of advice and assistance, for examples in helping others to improve their safeguarding mechanisms. It is important that the SAB has effective links with other key partnerships in the locality and share relevant information and work plans. They should consciously cooperate to reduce any duplication and maximise any efficiency, particularly as objectives and membership is likely to overlap.

A SAB has three core duties:

  • 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 SAB must consult the local Healthwatch organisation.  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 SAB 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 Review and subsequent action;
  • It must conduct any Safeguarding Adults Review in accordance with Section 44 of the Act.

Safeguarding requires the collaboration between partners in order to create a framework of inter-agency arrangements. Local authorities and their relevant partners must collaborate and work together as set out in the co-operation duties in the Care Act (Section 6) and, in doing so, must, where appropriate, also consider the wishes and feelings of the adult on whose behalf they are working.

The Safeguarding Adults Boards are multi-agency boards established in each local authority area to provide strategic direction to the development of safeguarding adults work. Each SAB has its own constitution / memorandum of understanding and comprises key statutory and non-statutory agencies. They work in partnership to ensure that organisations individually and collectively prioritise the prevention of Abuse, develop effective systems and practices to respond to abuse, promote awareness, develop workforce training initiatives and achieve continual learning and improved practice. The SABs also work to ensure that adult safeguarding is integrated into other community initiatives and services and has links with other relevant inter-agency partnerships.

Bolton’s Safeguarding Adults Board is currently chaired by a Director of Adult Social Services. SAB members from partner organisations should have a lead role in their organisation with regard to safeguarding adults arrangements and be of sufficient seniority that they can represent their organisation with authority, make multi-agency agreements and take issues back to their organisation for action.

2. Structure of the Bolton’s Safeguarding Adults Board

The Board is a voluntary partnership of statutory and non-statutory organisations and comprises of senior officers as representatives from the following organisations;

Core statutory organisations

The following organisations are invited to be members of the Board as essential partners of Bolton

  • Bolton Council Strategic Housing Partnership;
  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust;
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service;
  • Community, Voluntary and 3rd Sector representation;
  • NHS England will attend only where there are specific concerns that require NHS England oversight or action;
  • Healthwatch Bolton;
  • National Probation Company;
  • Chester and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company.

By invite:

  • North West Ambulance Service;
  • Care Quality Commission.

The following will be members in an advisory capacity;

  • Bolton Council Legal Services;
  • Bolton NHS Clinical Commissioning Group clinical advisor;
  • Safeguarding Board and Partnership Manager.

Professional advisors will share their knowledge and expertise to support members in carrying out their functions and duties. The Advisor will normally attend all meetings of the Board and will provide legal opinion and perspective of relevant legislation, policy and practice issues.

The Executive Cabinet Member for Adult Services will be a member of the Board as an observer to ensure that there is ownership at political level for safeguarding adults and be aware of critical local issues.

Bolton SAB members are all senior officers of their organisations who are responsible for effectively representing their organisation and have authority to make decisions on their agencies’ behalf; each agency is responsible for ensuring work around safeguarding takes place effectively in their organisation and contributes to the partnership’s vision and priorities.

To support the work of the Bolton SAB there is an Operational Group that oversees the work of the priorities identified for the year’s work programme, which is delivered through Subgroups/task and finish groups. The Operational Group also includes the following additional partners:

  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust;
  • ARCH Initiatives - Substance misuse services;
  • Bolton College.

The Subgroups/Task and Finish Groups are:

  • Quality Assurance and Performance;
  • Workforce and Policy Development;
  • Early Intervention and Prevention;
  • Mental Capacity;
  • Learning Lessons;
  • Communication and Community Engagement;
  • Governance, Leadership and Partnership.

The Boards and Subgroups meet regularly with positive multi-agency attendance and commitment to move our work forward.