Essex Safeguarding Adults Board

The Care Act has for the first time given 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.

We are committed to protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is being promoted including, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. We must recognise that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.

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

Board Priorities

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


Policy and Procedures

Learning and Development

Performance and Audit

SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock)

District and Borough Councils

Communications (joint with Children's Safeguarding Board)

Support Team

Paul Bedwell, Business Manager

Michala Jury, Project Support Officer / Training and Development (maternity cover for Paula Ward)

Liz Varcoe, Safeguarding Adult Review Officer

Lloyd Hunt, Performance Analyst

Chelsey Reynolds, Senior Communications Officer - Adults Lead 

Feedback and Complaints

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) welcomes and encourages feedback as it is an important element of understanding how we can improve our service.