The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) is a partnership constituted under the Department of Health guidance: 'No Secrets' (March 2000). The Board has an Independent Chair whose prime duty is to ensure that the main statutory agencies - local councils, the police, Surrey Fire and Rescue and NHS organisations, the independent voluntary sector and people who use our services and carers - work together to safeguard adults at risk of harm.
The safeguarding agenda is much broader than just protecting adults at risk. It is also about allowing adults to live their lives and make decisions, whilst taking reasonable measures to ensure that risks of harm are minimised, particularly in light of the personalisation of care and support around the needs of the individual.
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An adult at risk may be a person who:
Members of the Board work together to agree strategies, procedures, training and resources to safeguard adults at risk. The Board also produces an Annual Report that is available from the website and in Surrey libraries. Please see the following sections for more information on Board:
When abuse does take place, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways that are proportionate to the issues and where the adult in need of protection stays as much in control of the decision making as possible. The rights of the individual to be heard through this process are a critical element of the drive towards more personalised care and support. These webpages will therefore be of help to members of the public as well as safeguarding practitioners.