HSAB was established in 2003 and is a multi-agency partnership providing strategic leadership for adult safeguarding across the local authority area. It has an independent chair and its remit is to agree objectives, set priorities and co-ordinate the strategic development of adult safeguarding.
HSAB acts as the key mechanism for agreeing how agencies will work together effectively to safeguard and promote the safety and well-being of adults at risk and/or in vulnerable situations.
The HSAB aims to promote awareness and understanding of abuse and neglect among service users, carers, professionals, care providers and the wider community and works to generate community interest and engagement in safeguarding to ensure “Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business”.
HSAB is responsible for ensuring that the systems in place locally to protect people at risk are proportionate, balanced and responsive. It commissions safeguarding adult reviews in cases where there have been poor outcomes to ensure that lessons are learned. The HSAB is governed via a Memorandum of Agreement to which all agencies sign up.