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Assurance and Governance Structure

The Care Act 2014 is the legal framework for Safeguarding Adult Boards. Section 42 requires Local Authorities to establish a Safeguarding Adults Board to help and protect cases where an adult:

a) Has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs) and
b) Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
c) As a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse of neglect or the risk of it.


The statutory membership is the Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group and the Police.

Safeguarding Adult Boards are required to:

  • Arrange Safeguarding Adult Reviews;
  • Publish for each financial year a Strategic Plan; and
  • Publish an Annual Report.


The work of the Adults Safeguarding Board is governed by the following equal principles: Empowerment, Prevention, Proportionality, Protection, Partnership and Accountability. Priorities are reviewed annually.