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Board Members Area

Welcome to the Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board Members Zone.

On this page, you will be able to access a wide variety of resources relating to board membership.

Welcome to the Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board. Our website provides a wide range of useful information and resources for members of the public and professionals who may be concerned about adult abuse or neglect. You will find general information on keeping safe and how to report concerns. There is also a  dedicated area for professionals which provides access to a wide range of policy and practice guidance.

Protecting people and safeguarding responsibilities should be a governance priority for all organisations. Board members must take reasonable steps to protect all people who come into contact with the organisation from harm, which is a wider duty than just taking care of young people and vulnerable adults.

Board Membership

More information on Board membership can be found in the Board Members’ Handbook 

Membership of SABs – Members

Local authorities are responsible for the establishment of SABs. The Care Act 2014 specifies that there are three core members:

  • Local authority
  • Integrated Care System formerly Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Police – specifically the Chief Officer.

The Care Act allows for further members to be specified in future.

For a SAB to fulfil its responsibilities and duties effectively, other agencies will need to be involved in its work. The local authority, having consulted with the other core members of the SAB, should invite those agencies and forums it identifies to be key partners to nominate representatives. Particular individuals may also be invited to join the SAB if the board considers that it will be beneficial. SABs may also need to seek ‘one-off’ specialist advice or information in relation to any of their functions, in order to assist the implementation of their objectives. This may include seeking legal advice or consulting specialist advisors.

“We are committed to ensuring that information is shared, that we support a culture of learning – highlighting best practice in Sandwell and hearing what people are telling us!” – Deb Ward, SSAB Board Manager