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Safeguarding Adults Board and Review

Information about the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) and Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR)

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Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)

Preventing abuse and neglect and promoting good practice

The Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) covers the West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham areas, and brings together agencies that work together to prevent abuse.

The key aims of the SAB are to:

  • Ensure that whenever abuse or neglect is suspected or reported, there is an effective, consistent, and coordinated response across the West of Berkshire
  • Ensure that partner agencies have preventative measures in place to lessen the likelihood of abuse occurring
  • Increase the awareness of safeguarding issues amongst the general public, carers, service users, voluntary and paid workers
  • Provide a framework for the further inter-agency development of safeguarding policy, including learning lessons from practice in Berkshire
  • Provide positive safeguarding outcomes for service users, which are best achieved by robust and effective inter-agency working 

You can view the Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policies and Procedures online.

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR)

Learning safeguarding lessons for the future

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs), make sure that the Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB) are fully aware of any safeguarding failures, so that all the organisations involved can improve their practice.

All members of the SAB must cooperate and contribute to the review, as stated in the Care Act 2014.

The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board have developed guidance for Multi-Agency Reviews of Serious Cases in order to ensure that:

  • There are processes for learning and reviewing that are flexible, proportionate and open to challenge
  • We can decide what type of review is appropriate, taking into account the case and the agencies involved
  • A culture of transparency is created

All SARs completed by West Berkshire Council and other neighbouring authorities are published on the Safeguarding Adults Board website.

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