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.