What is the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board?
The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) is a statutory organisation that is committed to protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
It is committed to ensuring that it has access to the views of adults with care and support needs as well as those that work with them.
How does ESAB work?
The Board works to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults in its local area.
It collaborates with wider strategic partnerships in Essex to ensure that where safeguarding responsibilities spread across the organisations, there is a clear understanding of where responsibility lies or a robust joined-up approach.
It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect.
How does it aim to meet this?
By fostering strong relationships with all its partner agencies and other strategic boards, to demonstrates a real commitment to ensuring that adults in the county live a life free of abuse and neglect.
This includes partners and members feeling able to challenge each other and other organisations where it believes actions or inactions are increasing the risk of abuse or neglect. It is also about identifying arrangements for monitoring and reviewing the implementation and impact of policy and training.
At the same time, it’s about making sure that the adult’s well-being is being promoted including, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. It must be recognised that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.
The Care Act
The Care Act 2014 provided a formal statutory base for safeguarding adult boards. This will enable the Board to deliver a more robust challenge and ensure greater consistency in safeguarding arrangements throughout the County.
The Care Act set out clear requirements for safeguarding board membership in that they must include:
In Essex, in addition to our statutory partners, we also have membership from:
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Working through its partners, in collaboration with a support team, the Board has set out Strategic Priorities to ensure it meets its statutory objective; to help and protect adults with care and support needs from neglect and abuse, by coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of what each of its members does.
Strategic Priority 1: Mental Health
ESAB to be assured that adults in Essex are experiencing safe high quality mental health services. Assurance is provided to ESAB that service users are safe during periods of in-patient mental health care including timely mental health assessments and adequate provision of in-patient mental health facilities across the county
Strategic Priority 2: Learning & Development
Professionals are putting into practice findings from relevant case reviews. Addiction and substance misuse is understood more clearly by non-specialist practitioners.
Strategic Priority 3: Audit and Performance
This includes for ESAB to be assured that Making Safeguarding Personal is fully embedded in Essex and that it has a clear approach to the prevention of abuse and safeguarding issues, raising awareness among carers of safeguarding and providers of early help.
Strategic Priority 4: Operational Safeguarding
ESAB to be assured that “Vulnerable People” who do not fit into traditional eligibility criteria and services are safeguarded. Referrers of safeguarding concerns receive timely and appropriate feedback about the safeguarding concerns that they raise.
Strategic Priority 5: Board Development
ESAB operates as an effective safeguarding board fulfilling its statutory requirements.
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Paul Bedwell, Board Manager
Michala Jury, Project Support Officer
Liz Varcoe, Safeguarding Adult Review Officer
Paula Ward, Practice Development Officer
Chelsey Jay, Senior Communications Officer
ESAB welcomes and encourages feedback as it is an important element of understanding how we can improve our service.