The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) is constituted under "No Secrets" March 2000, section seven guidance. As the Independent Chair of the Board it is my prime duty to ensure that in Surrey, as elsewhere, the main statutory agencies – local councils, the police, Surrey Fire and Rescue and NHS organisations, the independent voluntary sector and service users and carers work together both to promote safer communities to prevent harm and abuse and also to deal well with suspected or actual cases. In doing so ensuring that the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board leads and holds to account, partners for safeguarding adults in order to maximise positive safeguarding outcomes for the people of Surrey.
Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. All of us need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and seeking to prevent the isolation that can lead to abusive situations and put adults at risk of harm. That is one of the fundamental principles of a "Big Society" that is caring, compassionate and fair. 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.
The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board has agreed the revised Surrey Safeguarding Adults Multi-Agency Procedures, Information and Guidance and this document represents the commitment of organisations in Surrey to work together to safeguard adults at risk.
The Board have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure the Multi Agency Procedures are effective, efficient and fair. You can see the Assessment here: Equality Impact Assessment: Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board Multi Agency Procedures, Information and Guidance November 2011.
Please click on the following links to download the section of the Surrey Safeguarding Adult Multi-Agency Procedures