Safeguarding Adults – a great turnout

Article date
12 September 2017
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Nearly 40 people attended “Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business” on Monday 11 September.  Volunteers, staff and interested individuals learned more about who is at risk, the range of abuse and neglect issues and how to raise concerns.

We heard from:

Natalie Madden, Business Manager for the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB).  The Board brings together local organisations, including social care, health police, fire and rescue and the voluntary sector to protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect and keep them safe. Find out more about SAB here.

Reading Voluntary Action, Involve Wokingham and West Berkshire Volunteer Centre share representation on the Board.  We publish an update after each quarterly meeting of the Board.

Jo Wilkins, Team Manager, Safeguarding Adults Team at Reading Borough Council. Jo explained that

Safeguarding Adults is:

  • all work which enables adults to retain independence, well being and choice and to be able to live a life free from abuse and neglect
  • preventing abuse and neglect as well as promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis.

The Care Act 2014 definition of who is an adult at risk is an adult (18 years and over) who:

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and
  • is experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect and
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of or the experience of abuse or neglect.

Jo encouraged people to call the Safeguarding Adults team at RBC if they have concerns about an adult and are not sure if it is a safeguarding issue (0118 937 3747 via main call centre), or Emergency Duty Services (outside of office hours) on 01344 786512.

Kathy Kelly, Head of Safeguarding Adults for the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups. She outlined the types of abuse defined by the Care Act and set some scenarios, asking what we would do in different situations.

Superintendent Stan Gilmour, LPA Commander – Reading, Thames Valley Police spoke about the importance of partners working together to safeguard adults at risk. He gave the example of a young man with a learning difficulty where police, social services, housing and Launchpad Reading worked together to ensure his safety.


If you are interested in finding out more about safeguarding adults, there are two courses and a conference coming up:

West of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Safeguarding Conference: Mental Health – 22 September

Safeguarding for Trustees – 16 November

Safeguarding for Volunteers – 23 November.