Berkshire West Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) brings together safeguarding leads from the three local authorities (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire), Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, the Clinical Commissioning groups, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Thames Valley Police, with Healthwatch and voluntary sector representatives.
The location of the quarterly meetings moves between Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham, with Reading Voluntary Action sharing the voluntary sector role with colleagues from Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Involve Wokingham.
At the recent SAB meeting in Reading, items on the agenda included Care Act Advocacy for people going through the safeguarding process, safeguarding within Mental Health inpatients at Prospect Park Hospital and a summary of Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty. We will publish a summary of the discussions when available.
Meanwhile, we are planning an agenda item for the next SAB meeting on June 26th to outline the important contribution that voluntary sector providers make to safeguarding adults. Please contact me if you would like to share your experiences of identifying and raising safeguarding issues, the support and training you offer to staff and volunteers and any issues that you would like to bring to the attention of the Board.
The next West of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Safeguarding Conference will focus on Mental Health. It will be held on Friday 22nd September from 9:30am to 4;00pm at Easthampstead Park – further details to follow