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About ESAB




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:

  • Essex County Council
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Essex area
  • The Chief Officer of the Police

In Essex, in addition to our statutory partners, we also have membership from:

  • Essex Fire and Rescue Service
  • The Police and Crime Commissioners Office
  • Representation from advocacy organisations
  • National Probation Service
  • Essex Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Representation from City, District and Borough Councils
  • Representation from care provider organisations


 Check out our 1 Minute Guide to ESAB


Board Priorities

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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 Strategic Plan





  • Learning and Development (joint with Essex Safeguarding Children Board - ESCB)
  • Performance, Quality and Audit
  • SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock)
  • City, District and Borough Councils (joint with Essex Safeguarding Children Board - ESCB)
  • Communications (joint with Children's Safeguarding Board)


ESAB Support Team

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


Feedback and Complaints 

ESAB welcomes and encourages feedback as it is an important element of understanding how we can improve our service.