Safeguarding Adults Board

Welcome to the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board. The Board covers the Local Authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham.

Safeguarding means looking out for and trying to protect others in our community who are vulnerable, or may be at risk of harm. If you think that someone is at risk, you need to raise an alarm. Everyone can make a difference.

This website contains information to help if you are:

There is also a dedicated area for Practitioners giving access to a wide range of policy and practice guidance, and information for Board Members. Each section of the website has drop down boxes containing more information.

What is the Safeguarding Adults Board?

The Safeguarding Adults Board is made up of local organisations which work together to protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect and keep them safe. It is made up of senior staff from local agencies such as social care, health services, police, probation, fire and rescue, drug and alcohol services. More information about the Board and its work can be found in the Board Members section of this website.

Safeguarding Adults Reviews 

The Board has a legal duty to carry out a Safeguarding Adults Review when there is reasonable cause for concern about how agencies worked together to safeguard an adult who has died, and the Board knows or suspects that the death resulted from abuse or neglect, or if the adult is still alive but has experienced serious abuse or neglect. Safeguarding Adult Reviews are about learning lessons for the future. They will make sure that the Board gets the full picture of what went wrong, so that all organisations involved can improve their practice. Further information and summaries of recent Reviews can be found in the Practitioners and Board Members sections of this website.

Berkshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures 

The Berkshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures were launched on 1 April 2016 and support staff to respond appropriately to all concerns of abuse or neglect they may encounter, providing a consistent response across the county.They have been adopted by Bracknell, Slough, Reading, West Berkshire, Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham. They are regularly updated and staff and managers should regularly refer to the on-line version. More information is available in the Practitioners' section of the website.