The first safeguarding group in Greenwich that brought people together to ensure a joint oversight of safeguarding was created 10-years ago in 2006. It was then called the Greenwich Safeguarding Multi-Agency Group Meeting (SAMAG). From 1st April 2015, for the first time, Safeguarding Adults Boards are placed on a statutory footing. Following this, the Greenwich SAMAG became the Royal Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board and its membership and terms of reference were changed to reflect its new statutory duties under the Care Act 2014.
The Royal Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board is a partnership of statutory and non-statutory agencies working across the borough. Its vision is to enhance the quality of life, health, wellbeing and safety of adults at risk. It aims to enable people who need help and support to retain independence, wellbeing and choice; and to access their right to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. Its role is to make sure of the effectiveness of local safeguarding arrangements.
These arrangements are led and developed by organisations across the Greenwich partnership and include:
- Providers of services that deliver quality care and support
- Commissioners assuring compliance with regulatory standards
- Police preventing and detecting crime
Under the Care Act 2014, the Safeguarding Adults Board has three core duties:
- It must publish a strategic plan for each financial year that sets how it will met its main objective and what the members will do to achieve these objectives. The plan must be developed with local community involvement, and the SAB must consult the Local Healthwatch organisation.
- It must publish an annual report detailing what the SAB has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its strategic plan, and what each member has done to implement the strategy as well as detailing the findings of any Safeguarding Adults Reviews or any on-going reviews.
- It must conduct any Safeguarding Adults Review.
As of 2015/16, Royal Greenwich has protocol in place for Safeguarding Partnerships. This defines the cooperative relationships between the Greenwich Safeguarding Adults and Children Boards, the Children’s Trust Board (CTB), the Health and Wellbeing Board, and the Safer Greenwich Partnership. The aim of the protocol is safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults in Greenwich.