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About ESAB



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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.


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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


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 = Prevention

ESAB will develop a clear strategic approach to the prevention of abuse and neglect.

Strategic Priority 2 = Engagement

ESAB will develop and implement a strategy for engaging with users of safeguarding services and the public

Strategic Priority 3 = Protection and Partnership

ESAB will ensure that it has effective arrangements for gaining assurance about:

  • the effectiveness of operational safeguarding arrangements the robustness of agencies adult safeguarding systems


Strategic - Partners

  • 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 

(Post Currently Open) Safeguarding Adult Review Officer

Paula Ward, Practice Development Officer

Chelsey Jay, Senior Communications Officer


Feedback & Complaints

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