What we do

How does the Board work?

Who is on the Board?

Subgroups of the Safeguarding Adults Board

• Policy and Procedures Group

• Training Group

• Quality Assurance Group

Serious Case Reviews (SCR)

SCR reports

• When to hold a SCR

• How a SCR is carried out?

Who we are and what we do.

The Bournemouth and Poole Safeguarding Adults Board (BPSAB) has been set up to improve the safety and well-being of adults who might be at risk of harm. It does this through joint leadership and working together.

The Board meets every 3 months. They make sure:
• There is good communication with the public and staff, and they know how to recognise and report harm to adults at risk.
• Agencies work together to reduce risk, prevent harm and protect adults at risk
• National policy and guidance are being followed locally
• Local policy and procedures are agreed and followed
• Activities between agencies are co-ordinated.
• Joint training is encouraged and arranged
• Safeguarding practices are improved, monitored and reviewed
• Ways of working are developed which will improve the support Bournemouth and Poole residents receive across the community to live a life free from abuse
• Lessons are learned when people have not been adequately protected
• People who use services and carers are listened to and their views influence practice

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How does the Bournemouth and Poole Safeguarding Adults Board work?

The Safeguarding Adults Board works with other Boards to improve the safety of residents, such as the Safer Poole Partnership, Bournemouth Community Safety Partnership and the Domestic Violence Strategic Board.

The Dorset wide Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures sets out the procedures on what to do if harm is identified. These are used by all agencies in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

The Safeguarding Adults Board produces an Annual Report. It reports to the Overview and Scrutiny Committees of the Councils, Local Strategic Partnerships, Poole Partnership, 2026 in Bournemouth, Safer Poole Partnership Board and Safer & Stronger Communities in Bournemouth. Promotion of adult safeguarding is supported by a public information leaflet.


Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Procedures

BPSAB Memorandum of Agreement
BPSAB Terms of Reference
BPSAB Business Plan 2015-19
BPSAB Annual Report 2014-15

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Who is on the Board?

The Board includes:

Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board - Jane Ashman (Chair)

Bournemouth Adult Community Services - Jane Portman (Executive Director)

Borough of Poole - Jan Thurgood (Strategic Director)

Bournemouth Adult Social Care Services - Andy Sharp

Bournemouth Adult Social Care Commissioning - Neil Goddard

Bournemouth Health & Social Care - Councillor Blair Crawford

Bournemouth Housing - Jane Godfrey

Borough of Poole Adult Social Care Services - David Vitty

Borough of Poole Adult Social Care Commissioning - Phil Hornsby

Borough of Poole Social Care - Councillor Karen Rampton

Borough of Poole Housing - Cally Antill

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group - Sally Shead

Dorset Fire & Rescue - Linzi Holt

Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust - Fiona Haughey

Dorset National Probation Service - Tina Ridge

Dorset, Devon & Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company - Elaine Morgan

Dorset Police- D/Supt Kevin Connolly

NHS England (Wessex) - Ruth Williams

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Tracey Nutter

Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Paula Shobbrook

South Western Ambulance - Sarah Thompson

Voluntary Sector - Donna Martin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Working groups of the Safeguarding Adults Board

There are three working groups. Each group is chaired by a member of the Board. The first two of these work across Dorset as well. These have been set up to deliver the Board's work plan.

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The Policy & Procedures Group

This group makes sure that local standards, policies and procedures are in place to safeguard adults at risk of harm. These will reflect national standards, regulations, guidance and case law and will apply to all statutory agencies across Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole. This group makes sure that safeguarding adults is included in other policy documents. This group is responsible for the strategy which makes sure there is good communication with the public, people who use services, carers and staff.

BPSAB Policy and Procedures Terms of Reference

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The Training Group

The aim of this group is to make sure there is a skilled workforce to help protect adults at risk of harm. The group makes sure there is awareness across all organisations, including the independent and voluntary sectors about what safeguarding means and what to do if harm or abuse is suspected. The group develops the multi-agency training strategy and work plan. It considers the training needs required to safeguard residents and arranges training to meet these needs.

Standards expected for Safeguarding Adult’s Awareness Training
A guidance document on the recommended Standards expected for Safeguarding Adults Awareness Training has been agreed by the two local Safeguarding Adults Boards of Bournemouth & Poole and Dorset. This document outlines a specific set of standards which give guidance to organisations on the content required in awareness training. The guidance is to ensure that all staff /volunteers at every level acquire the appropriate knowledge, understanding and capabilities they need to safeguard adults who may be at risk of harm from other people. This level of awareness reflects their role and responsibility. The standards are based on the National Capability Framework for Safeguarding Adults and are available on the Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board website link below and Dorset for You website to download.

BPSAB Training Workforce Terms of Reference
Standards for Safeguarding Awareness Training Guidance Document

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The Quality Assurance Group

This group enables the Board to oversee the quality of its safeguarding activity The group makes sure there are effective checks and monitoring systems. It produces regular reports to the Board. This makes sure that a consistent approach and good quality of safeguarding provision is maintained across all partner organisations.

BPSAB Quality Assurance Terms of Reference

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Safeguarding Adults - Serious Case Reviews

In addition to the three safeguarding working groups, there is also a Serious Case Review Panel which works across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Safeguarding Adult Boards. A Serious Case Review (SCR) is a process for all partner agencies to identify the lessons that can be learned from complex or serious Safeguarding Adults cases. This is when an adult at risk has died or been seriously injured and abuse or neglect has been suspected. The Panel recommends changes to improve practice and services in the light of these lessons.

The aim of the process is to learn lessons and make improvements. The process is based on national guidelines and has been agreed by all agencies who are members of Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board. The Serious Case Review Panel is chaired and all Serious Case Reviews are overseen by the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board.


Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adult Review (formerly Serious
Case Review)

BPSAB Serious Case Review Terms of Reference

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How is it decided when to hold a Serious Case Review?

The Dorset, and Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Boards have a Protocol based on national guidance, which sets out the criteria for holding a Serious Case Review. The Serious Case Review Panel considers referrals for Serious Case Reviews. It makes recommendations to the Independent Chair of the Board on whether a Serious Case Review should be held or if other steps can be taken to respond to the issues that have been raised by the case. Anyone can make a referral to the Serious Case Review Panel by contacting the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board.

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How is a Serious Case Review carried out?

The Serious Case Review Panel agrees terms of reference for the Serious Case Review Each agency involved in the case, arranges for an Individual Management Review (IMR) to be carried out by a Manager independent of the case. The IMR reviews what actions each agency took. The IMR has to follow the terms of reference. including a chronology, a review of recorded information and interviews with the key people involved.

The completed IMRs are given to the Panel and to an independent Overview Report Writer, who uses them and any further inquiries they decide to make, to produce an overview report and a draft summary report, including recommendations on actions or changes needed.

The overview report and draft summary report is presented to the Panel. The Panel reviews the report and recommended actions. Then they are presented to the Safeguarding Adults Board to consider and agree the proposed actions needed. The Board makes sure these actions are carried out, with the help of the Panel. The summary report is published and made available to the public.

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