Message from the Chair
The South Gloucestershire Adult Safeguarding Board became a statutory body on 1st April 2015 and is an important partnership of organisations working with and for vulnerable adults who might be at risk in our communities. In addition to learning from and complying with national initiatives to keep vulnerable adults safe from harm we seek local solutions and approaches that best meet the needs of the people of South Gloucestershire. We value the involvement of friends, neighbours and family members in contributing to the effective prevention of harm and appreciate notifications to our partner organisations from those citizens where concerns exist. Our approach is that it is always better to take preventative action where possible and to act before harm can occur.
Those in need of care and support can experience or be at risk of abuse or neglect by others. Self neglect can also be an outcome of a person’s vulnerability. For services to be meaningful they must be personalised and wherever possible responsive to the wishes and informed consent of the person they seek to serve. Where necessary vulnerable adults require access to advocates who can support them in ensuring their voice is heard. Local organisations working in partnership are committed to ensuring that citizens receive effective but also the least intrusive response to meet their needs.
The Adult Safeguarding Board seeks to ensure the best joined up effective services to achieve these ends. We work to maintain awareness of those vulnerable adults who may be at risk of harm, especially those who might easily be overlooked or out of view. Within the Board member agencies are required to demonstrate accountability and transparency in their endeavours to deliver the most appropriate and effective services in partnership with other statutory and private / voluntary sector providers. As independent chair of the board it is my role to ensure that the board operates to achieve continuous improvement and to a standard the public would expect. The Board is an important vehicle to share and replicate the best ideas and initiatives and to learn with honesty and joint endeavour from experiences where services could have been delivered better.
The safeguarding of vulnerable adults is a matter for every citizen and the Board is committed to working with our communities to ensure that South Gloucestershire continues to develop as a safe place for those who are entitled to our care, protection or support to thrive and lead happy lives.
Sally Lewis OBE
South Gloucestershire Adult Safeguarding Board