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Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)

Safeguarding is everyone's business, and it’s important that organisations work together to protect people who need help and support. The Care Act 2014 requires local authorities to set up a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) in their area, giving these boards a clear basis in law for the first time.

The Act says that the SAB must:

  • include the local authority, the NHS and the police, who should meet regularly to discuss and act upon local safeguarding issues
  • develop shared plans for safeguarding, working with local people to decide how best to protect adults in vulnerable situations
  • publish this safeguarding plan and report to the public annually on its progress, so that different organisations can make sure they’re working together in the best way

What to do if you are worried about an adult

If you think a crime is being or has been committed, or someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

Everybody can help adults to live free from harm and abuse. You play an important part in preventing and identifying neglect and abuse. If you have urgent concerns that you or someone you know, is being abused or neglected, you can contact the safeguarding adults team at Waltham Forest Direct:

Telephone: 020 8496 3000

Your call will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Otherwise, please complete our online referral form to raise a safeguarding concern.

If you are unable to do this online then you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service computer to log your request or report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.

For further information visit the Safeguarding Adults page.

To report a crime to the Metropolitan Police please click here.

Should you have concerns regarding the lack of response to professional opinions and judgements expressed by your staff about safeguarding matters including concerns that social care is not taking appropriate actions regarding the well-being of an adult with care and support needs, or are not responding in a timely fashion to your concerns you can escalate this using the following Escalation Letter.pdf (93 KB).

WFSAB Subgroups

The Waltham Forest Safeguarding Adults Board (WFSAB) consists of four subgroups that support and drive the work of our strategic priorities. All are accountable to the Board. The Board is run and overseen by the Independent Chair who reports to the Waltham Forest Chief Executive.

The board and each subgroup are governed by their individual terms of reference and deliver a strategic priority action plan on behalf of the Board.

Making Safeguarding Personal

Making Safeguarding Personal is about having conversations with people about how we might respond in safeguarding situations in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety. It is about seeing people as experts in their own lives and working alongside them.

Following the previous significant progress made by the partnership in embedding the Mental Capacity Act in to practice, this group aims to ensure that Making Safeguarding Personal as defined by the Care Act 2014 is embedded in local safeguarding adults activity. The overarching aims is that the adult’s wishes are obtained in relation to the safeguarding matter and that action or inaction supports the adult’s personal outcome(s), taking issues of capacity in to account and wider public interest. This will be achieved through clarifying the adult’s personal outcome(s) at the beginning and measuring if the outcomes are met.

Pressure Care

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Our ambition is to ensure high quality care is delivered to adults in the community and in residential/ nursing care and hospital settings in Waltham Forest; in order to reduce pressure care concerns and prevent, where possible, escalation to safeguarding adult concerns. By raising awareness of pressure care and improving the standards of care we can support the effective management and prevention of pressure ulcers across the partnership.

Establishment concerns

An establishment concern is where a commissioned care provider is considered to be unable or unwilling to take the necessary actions to improve the quality of care provided, in order to adequately address safeguarding and service delivery concerns.

Our ambition is to optimise the standard of care delivered by Residential/Nursing Care Homes, domiciliary care providers and partner agencies in Waltham Forest; in order to reduce quality in care issues and safeguarding adult concerns, to optimise safety, wellbeing and quality of life. By improving the standards of care we can support the dignity and quality of life of adults in receipt of health and social care. This will be achieved through a coordinated and effective multi-agency response with robust operational pathways and a proactive identification of trends and themes in order to maintain high quality of care and an effective system for managing establishment concerns. 

Modern slavery

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. Modern slavery is a largely covert and international crime: victims tend to be controlled and hidden away and a substantial number of source and transit countries can be involved.

Our ambition is to create a hostile environment for Modern Slavery to exist in Waltham Forest and to ensure both adult and child victims are effectively safeguarded and supported. We will achieve this by working as a partnership to understand, utilise and effectively coordinate resources. We aim to deliver our strategic plan in line with the National Modern Slavery Strategy 2014: PURSUE PREVENT PROTECT PREPARE

Policies and procedures

Statutory Reviews

For all published statutory reviews including Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews please visit the main Strategic Partnership Board page.

One Panel - Referrals for statutory reviews

To find out more about One Panel and referrals visit the main please visit the main Strategic Partnership Board page.

Learning and Improving Practice

For more videos and information visit the main Strategic Partnership Board page.

Annual reports

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