The Democratic Services Officer submitted a report, the purpose of which was to receive information from the Chair of the Tees-wide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) as part of the Board's local accountability arrangements.
The TSAB was established to ensure that adults at risk across Teesside were protected and safeguarded. It had been the statutory body in respect of this function since April 2015. Ann Baxter, the Independent Chair of the TSAB was in attendance at the meeting to present the Tees-wide Safeguarding Adults Board - Strategic Plan - 2016-2017.
Members were advised that the Board worked with a range of strategic bodies including the four local authorities (Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton), Health, the Fire authority, the voluntary sector and the Police to provide a safeguarding network to promote consistency in relation to adult safeguarding.
It had been a significant year in respect of safeguarding adults. The Care Act provided a statutory requirement for an Adult Safeguarding Board to be established. A Safeguarding Adults website had been established and it was currently receiving 500 views a week. Over the last year, the Board had provided a range of multi-agency training and hosted conferences in respect of neglect and hoarding.
There had been a number of significant challenges faced by the partner agencies including a reduction in the number of nursing home beds, a number of residential homes closing (particularly in Hartlepool), an increase in the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding cases, an increase in domestic abuse reporting to the police and a lack of available resources and increased pressure for some of the sectors involved in safeguarding work.
Feedback from members of the public obtained through the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework in terms of the proportion of people who used the service who felt safe placed Middlesbrough at the top of the table in respect of the four local authorities with a figure of 73%. In terms of the proportion of people who used the services who felt that those services had made them feel safe and secure, the figure for Middlesbrough was 91%.
The TSAB had the following five strategic aims:
The Board's highest priority was to improve awareness of safeguarding and to ensure that all organisations worked together to safeguard adults.
At the end of the year the TSAB looked at what they said they would do and what they had actually received. A survey had been carried out and 800 responses to the survey had been achieved.
The TSAB had established the following Sub Groups:
Communication and Engagement Sub-Group;
Learning, Training and Development Sub-Group;
Performance, Audit and Quality Sub-Group;
Policies, Procedures and Practice Sub-Group;
Safeguarding Adults Review Sub-Group; and
Local Executive Groups for each of the four local authorities.
If any concerns about safeguarding were raised, a Safeguarding Adult Review was carried out and a Sub-Group had been established specifically to look at these cases. Nine learning reviews had been carried out across the Tees Valley to see if lessons could be learned and the Safeguarding Adults Review Sub-Group monitored the implementation of the action plans linked to the learning reviews.
Further multi-agency training would be carried out in 2016/2017 in order to strengthen safeguarding practices across the Tees Valley and share best practice.
The Chair of Social Care and Adult Services advised that she would like to invite the Chair of the TSAB to a future Social Care and Adult Services Scrutiny Panel and that it would be useful to see a copy of the Annual Report.
A Member indicated that she would be interested in finding out what training in respect of safeguarding was available. The Chair of TSAB advised that some of the training was centred around raising awareness and recognising the signs of safeguarding issues. A range of e-learning could be accessed from the TSAB website.
The Chair thanked the Independent Chair of TSAB for a very informative presentation.
AGREED that the information presented be noted.