The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board covers the three local authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. It is a statutory mechanism for ensuring that there is a robust multi-agency safeguarding framework in place and for monitoring the effect this has on protecting adults.
The main objective of the Board, as set out by the Care Act 2014, is to gain assurance that local safeguarding arrangements help and protect adults with care and support needs who are at risk of or experiencing abuse. The Board aims to make sure that all of the organisations involved have effective safeguarding policies and procedures and work together in the best way possible to protect adults at risk. The three core duties of the Board are to:
Statutory safeguarding responsibilities arise where there is reasonable cause to suspect that an adult:
There is an Induction Pack for new Board Members.
Board Meetings are chaired by an Independent Chair and the Board is supported by a Business Manager.
The Board is committed to working with other local forums and boards to ensure efforts are not duplicated and that there are no gaps in policy or practice. The Board continues to strengthen its links with HealthWatch, Local Safeguarding Children's Boards, the Community Safety Partnerships, Domestic Abuse Forums and the Health and Well-being Boards.
A Protocol has been agreed with the Health and Well-being Boards to ensure there is an on-going and direct relationship with regular communication. Protocol between the Health and Well-being Boards and the Safeguarding Adults Board.