Knowsley Safeguarding adults board

Knowsley’s Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency, statutory partnership whose main objective is to ensure that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults at risk of abuse and neglect across Knowsley.

Mission Statement

Knowsley Safeguarding Adults Board adopts a zero tolerance approach to the abuse and neglect of adults and is committed to ensuring that all agencies work together to prevent abuse and to make sure that robust arrangements are in place to respond when incidents happen. This includes a commitment to working with adults and their representatives to achieve the outcomes they want and to promote independence, choice, control, recovery and wellbeing.

Vision

The vision of the Safeguarding Adults Board is that all citizens live their lives free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and their rights are protected. All safeguarding work is sensitive to and firmly rooted in respect for differences in race, ethnicity, culture, ability, faith and sexual orientation.
Engaging with and being responsive to the needs of all stakeholders,  including adults at risk, carers, service providers and the wider community, is essential to promote the Board’s vision.

Safeguarding Principles

The Board through its practice, and that of its sub groups, is committed to the six principles which underpin safeguarding:

Empowerment

Individuals at risk and the wider community are given the right information to recognise abuse and what they can do to keep themselves safe. They should be given clear information on how to report abuse and crime and what support and advice is available to them. The person or their representative should be consulted before any safeguarding action is taken.

Prevention

It is better to take action before harm occurs. Accountable agencies will train staff to recognise signs and take action to prevent abuse. In all aspects of agencies’ work, consideration must be given to how communities can become safer.

Proportionality

The individual at risk and where appropriate, partner agencies, will be consulted before any safeguarding action is taken; any safeguarding response should be least intrusive and proportionate to risk. 

Protection

Accountable agencies must have effective ways of assessing and managing risk. Local complaints and reporting arrangements for abuse must work well. Local people will be given the opportunity to understand how accountable agencies can be contacted.

Partnership

Local multi-agency partnership arrangements need to be in place and staff need to understand and use local procedures. Local solutions are found through services working with the community.

Accountability

The roles of all agencies should be clear, together with lines of accountability. Staff need to understand what is expected of them and others. Agencies must recognise their responsibilities to each other, act upon them and accept collective responsibility for safeguarding arrangements.

The Board will ensure that these principles are translated into positive, personalised outcomes for individuals who are at risk of abuse and neglect.

Membership

Statutory organisations

Local Authority

  • Adults’ Social Care
  • Children’s Social Care 
  • Workforce Development
  • Education/Community education
  • Legal services
  • Commissioning Team
  • Public Health
  • Strategic Housing
  • Elected member

Police

Clinical Commissioning Group - represents all Health Trusts

Clinical Commissioning Group Safeguarding Service

Department of Work and Pensions

Healthwatch Knowsley

Mersey Fire and Rescue

North West Ambulance Service

NHS England

Probation/Crime reduction initiatives

Independent organisations

Knowsley Housing Trust

Representatives from Care Provider Forum - Domiciliary Care/Residential and Nursing Care/ Supported Living

Voluntary organisations

Represented by Knowsley Disability Concern

Links to partnerships

Community Safety Partnership

Health & Wellbeing Board

MARAC - Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (Domestic abuse)

Quality Surveillance Group

Safeguarding Children Board

Links to other agencies

Coroner

Crown Prosecution Service

Care Quality Commission – will attend one meeting per year

Additional members

Additional partners may be co-opted to attend particular meetings should a specific need arise.

Downloads

You can find the Knowsley Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report here.

Knowsley Safeguarding Adult Board - Serious case review in the case 'Grace'