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Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships

Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Each local authority must set up a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB). The main objective of a SAB is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults in its area who meet the criteria for safeguarding.

A Safeguarding Adults Board has three core duties:

  • It must publish a strategic plan for each financial year that sets how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this. The plan must be developed with local community involvement, and the SAB must consult the local Healthwatch organisation. The plan should be evidence-based and make use of all available evidence and intelligence from partners to form and develop its plan.
  • It must publish an annual report detailing what the SAB has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its strategic plan, and what each member has done to implement the strategy as well as detailing the findings of any safeguarding adults reviews and subsequent action
  • It must conduct any safeguarding adults review in accordance with Section 44 of the Act.

The Care Act 2014 is the statutory legislation that governs the work of the Board

The vision of HSAB is that Herefordshire’s adults at risk are able to exercise choice and control in an environment in which their well-being needs are met and they are safe from harm.

The work of the Board and its governance structures are detailed within the Board’s constitution and Member’s Handbook . There are a number of HSAB Sub Groups to carry out its functions and progress its business objectives.

The groups carry out work as directed by the Board and the Board receive regular reports of the progress being made in each group. More detail about the work of each group is available through our   Strategic Plan 2023-2026   and details of the effectiveness of the work is included in its  HSAB Annual Report 2022-2023

HSAB also follows its HSAB Media Protocol for publications and communication.

The Board makes use of the local authority policies in regard to Complaints:

Herefordshire Council Compliments and Complaints

and Equality:

Herefordshire Council Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Organisations that work with adults are expected to ensure that their staff fulfil the professional competency requirements for their role. The HSAB Competency Framework outlines the requirements for each staff level – HSAB Competency Framework 2023-25 

Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board includes members from a wide range of key partner agencies and organisations.

If you would like to speak to any of Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board’s members with regard to a safeguarding issue, please contact the Partnership Team who will make arrangements as appropriate.

All members’ agencies have signed up the HSAB Constitution which acknowledges their commitment to the Boards’ vision, mission and values. This document supports members’ accountability and the ability of organisations to challenge effectively each other’s work.