Salford City Partnership

Safeguarding Adult Board


Role of the Salford Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB)

The role of the SSAB is to ensure that local arrangements for safeguarding adults are effective at protecting those adults in Salford who are considered to be adults at risk.

The SSAB works to promote the wellbeing, security and the safety of adults at risk, recognising their rights, mental capacity and personal responsibility in order to help prevent abuse wherever possible.

Under the Care Act 2014 the SSAB has three core duties:

  • develop and publish a strategic plan setting out how it will meet its objectives and how its members and partner agencies will contribute
  • publish an annual report detailing how effective its work has been
  • commission safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) for any cases which meet the criteria for these (please see supporting documents for criteria and how to make a SAR referral.

In addition the SSAB should evidence its arrangements for peer review and self-audit and evidence how SSAB members have challenged one another and held each other account.

The SSAB works to the safeguarding principles outlined in the Care Act 2014:

  • Empowerment
    Presumption of person led decisions and informed consent
  • Protection
    Support and representation for those in greatest need
  • Prevention
    It is better to take action before harm occurs
  • Proportionality
    Proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to risk presented
  • Partnership
    Local solutions through services working with communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing and reporting neglect and abuse.
  • Accountability
    Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding

Peer Review

The SSAB commissioned a Peer Review which took place in April 2019 and was delivered by ADASS Yorkshire and Humber. The SSAB are incorporating the recommendations from the report into the board's action plan for 2019-21. 

2019 Peer Review Report (Pdf, 707kb)

Membership of the SSAB

The board is a partnership of statutory and non-statutory organisations. Membership includes representatives from the core statutory agencies (the local authority, the police and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups). The board also has representatives from a range of other partners including mental health services, community and hospital services and a range of voluntary sector organisations.  

The board is independently chaired by Dr Steven Pugh.

How does the board work?

The board meets four times a year to oversee developments to adult safeguarding work in the city. The SSAB has a 3 year strategic plan identifying priority for Salford, and a yearly action plan that is overseen by the Implementation and Impact network, a sub group of the SSAB. 

You can find out more about the work of the SSAB by clicking through the links on this page for membership, strategy and action plan, annual report and minutes of the meeting.

Working with other boards

There are a number of other boards in Salford with different roles and responsibilities.  There is an interboard protocol which sets out how the different boards will work together.

Complaints about the board

The Local Government Ombudsman has issued guidance about complaints against Safeguarding Adults Boards. Download a copy of the guidance.

Salford Safeguarding Adults Board, St. James House, Pendleton  
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