The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board meets four times a year to plan and scrutinise how agencies work together to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham.
Among the topics discussed at the June Board meeting were: the role of the voluntary sector in safeguarding adults, the governance structure for mental health in the local area, the availability of appropriate adults to support vulnerable adults at police interviews, and the action plan arising from CQC’s inspection of Prospect Park Hospital. The Board also considered comments arising from a survey of practitioners and ways to involve providers in the work of the Board.
Involving Providers and Faith Organisations
The Board knows that its membership needs to reflect a wider and more varied group of stakeholders. At its last meeting, members explored options for engaging with providers so that their views and experiences can inform the work of the Board. Each Council has been asked to nominate a Housing provider to represent the housing sector at Board meetings. Teresa Bell, the Board’s Independent Chair, will be making contact with Provider Forums over the coming months in order to explore how provider organisations can be more involved in the Board and how we can learn more about the key safeguarding issues providers face and how providers are approaching safeguarding within their own organisations.
Church and other faith group members often visit people in their own homes and gain an understanding of people’s care and support needs. The Board aims to engage more proactively with faith organisations in order to raise awareness of safeguarding adults so that possible abuse or neglect can be identified.
Reminder: Bookings are now open for the West of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Safeguarding Conference on Friday 22nd September
Also, hold the date for our local Safeguarding Adults Community Awareness event which is taking place on Monday 11th September – further details to follow very soon