What is SAB?

The Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) aims to ensure the safety and protection of adults with care and support needs within the borough; that is, adults who have care or support needs and who are subsequently less able than others to defend themselves against the threat of abuse, exploitation, or neglect. It achieves this by working with the Police, Health, Social Care and voluntary agencies to ensure that adults with care and support needs, their support agencies and the wider community can raise awareness about abuse, develop a culture that does not tolerate abuse, and prevent abuse from happening wherever possible. Where abuse does happen, the board and their partner agencies are able to support and safeguard the rights of people who are harmed, stop abuse from continuing, and improve the victim’s access to any services they may need, such as advocacy, post-abuse support, or legal services. Recent changes in the law have also greatly increased the scope and reach of the SAB, and further adaptations look certain as boards and agencies explore their new function.

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Aiming to ensure the safety and protection of adults within the borough, in particular adults with care and support needs.

With the implementation of the Care Act on April 1st 2015, Safeguarding Adults Boards across the country were given statutory powers and responsibilities, helping them to operate in much the same way that Local Safeguarding Children Boards do. The SAB can launch a care review in cases where there is suspicion that abuse or neglect has caused death or serious injury to an adult with care and support needs, and may change their practice, policy, or protocols accordingly, as well as:

  • Consulting with adults with care and support needs and their carers to ensure that the safeguarding process is as efficient as possible.
  • Constantly reviewing Southend, Essex and Thurrock procedures to ensure they are up to date.
  • Acting on feedback from Action Groups
  • Ensuring that training carried out across Southend meets the SET Training Strategy.
  • Linking the work of the Safeguarding Board to the wider crime and disorder reduction work.
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Southend SAB is looking to appoint a new Lay Member. The Lay Member supports stronger public engagement in safety issues to improve the safeguarding of adults with additional care and support needs in Southend, and provides a community oversight and scrutiny of decisions and policies made by the Board. Their main duty will be to attend the Board meetings and other sub-groups as appropriate. Expenses will be reimbursed to cover travel and other costs.

You will need to be a confident and effective communicator with the ability to challenge the SAB and its partner agencies constructively. You will have an awareness of, and commitment to, equality and diversity and will be able to handle confidential information appropriately. Most importantly, you will be committed to improving the safeguarding of adults with additional care and support needs in Southend. For more information on the role, or to download a role description and application form, please visit the downloads section.


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The board must also publish an annual strategic plan and an annual report detailing how they met their objectives for the year gone by. The LSCB and SAB operate a joint Training Programme which can be downloaded here.