Kingston Safeguarding Adults Board

About the Safeguarding Adults Board

Welcome from the independent Chair

Welcome to the Kingston Safeguarding Adults Board.

The role of the Safeguarding Adults Board is governed by the Care Act 2014. The Boards role is to seek assurance that agencies are working together effectively to keep adults safe from abuse and neglect. This website is intended to give an overview of the board, its activities and to provide information on how adults at risk are protected. I hope you find it useful and informative.

My professional background is in policing. I left the Metropolitan Police after 30 years' service working across several London boroughs. Most recently, in the final years of my service I worked in Wandsworth, where I was the Detective Chief Inspector responsible for safeguarding and criminal investigations. It has always been my aim to help people and communities, and I will continue to do this through my role as the Independent Chair of the Kingston Safeguarding Adults Board.

With best wishes,

Richard Neville

Statutory Function

The Care Act 2014 places statutory functions on the Board.

It must publish a strategic plan, write an annual report and conduct a safeguarding adult review if an adult with care and support needs dies and abuse or neglect is suspected.

6 Principles of Safeguarding                   

Empowerment - presumption of person led decisions and informed consent

Prevention - it is better to take action before harm occurs

Proportionality - proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented

Protection - support and representation for those in greatest need

Partnerships - local solutions through services working with their communities

Accountability - accountability and transparency in delivering

Vision and Strategy

It is our shared belief that no one should have to tolerate or be exposed to abuse, neglect or exploitation. Our vision is that the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is a place where all citizens (irrespective of age, race, gender, culture, religion, physical or mental ill health, disability or sexual orientation) live in safety, free from abuse and the fear of abuse and with the rights of citizenship.


The Safeguarding Adults Board consists of senior members of the Council, Metropolitan Police and Kingston NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as its statutory partner organisations. It has an Independent Chair, Richard Neville.

The following bodies are Board members:

  • Kingston Council - Adult Social Services, Housing, Public Health & Safer Kingston Partnership
  • Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Metropolitan Police - Kingston
  • Achieving for Children
  • London Fire Brigade
  • London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • NHS England
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • National Probation Service - London
  • Voluntary Service
  • South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust
  • Kingston Healthwatch 
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Your Healthcare
  • London Community Rehabilitation Company

Safeguarding Training

The Council has a Learning and Development Team for safeguarding training and other social care issues. Information is also available on safeguarding training in general. 

For more details contact the team on 020 8547 6082 or by sending us an email.