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 Board's 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,
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
Our vision is for individuals within the community of Kingston to be able to live a life free from abuse and neglect.
In order to respond to the main drivers and to uphold the principles, the Kingston Safeguarding Adults Board have identified three key priorities to achieve for 2019-2021.
- To enable and support the communities and workforce of Kingston to embed a safeguarding culture.
- Strengthen wider partnership and collaboration.
- To enable the sharing of lessons learned and promote consistent and effective practice.
Work and activities to deliver the strategic objectives will be recorded in the Business and Annual Work Plan.
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
What you can do?
If you or someone you know is being abused or neglected, you can report your concern using the safeguarding concern form and then sending us an email. Helpful guidance on the essential information required can be found in this 7MB.
You can also Call the Access and Safeguarding Team during office hours on 020 8547 5005 and after 5pm please call 020 8770 5000. In an emergency always call 999.
If you are not sure what adult safeguarding is see - What is adult safeguarding?
If you are concerned about a child see - Safeguarding children.
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.