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Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB)

Information about the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board.

What is the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board?

The Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board is a board made up of senior representatives from all the statutory agencies, including the County Council, Health Trusts, Police, Dorset Probation, Dorset Fire and Rescue service, Ambulance service, District and Borough Councils and the voluntary sector, including representation for people with learning disability and older people. It has been established to improve practice which protects and safeguards adults in vulnerable circumstances in Dorset. The board meets quarterly, and their work includes:

  • developing strategies to reduce risk and prevent harm occurring to adults in vulnerable situations, as well as reacting effectively when it happens
  • ensuring national policy, guidance and best practice standards are being adhered to locally
  • determining local policy and procedures 
  • coordinating activity between agencies 
  • facilitating joint training 
  • ensuring good communication with the public and raising awareness about how to recognise and refer concerns about vulnerable adults being harmed 
  • monitoring and reviewing standards in safeguarding practices 
  • developing ways of working, which will improve ability to support Dorset residents across the community to live a life free from abuse 
  • learning from lessons where people have not been adequately protected

How does the board work?

The Safeguarding Adults Board works with other partnerships promoting the safety of residents.

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy (pdf, 567kb) (opens in a new window) and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Procedures (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) sets out the locally adopted procedures used by Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole and all the member agencies. 

Self-neglect and Hoarding - Guidance for agencies (pdf, 552kb) (opens in a new window)

Self-neglect toolkit (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window)

The Safeguarding Adults Board produces quarterly reports, an annual business plan and an annual report on how this was delivered. It reports to the Overview and Scrutiny Committees and Local Strategic Partnerships.

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board Business Plan 2017 to 2018 (pdf, 727kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board Business Plan 2015 to 2016 (pdf, 114kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2016 to 2017 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2015 to 2016 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Easy to read version of the annual report (pdf, 866kb) (opens in a new window)

Promotion of adult safeguarding is being developed through public information leaflets and in numerous other ways including DVDs, multiple awareness raising training courses, workshops etc.

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board - Three Year Strategy (pdf, 147kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board Constitution - April 2015 (pdf, 144kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board - Communications strategy 2015 (pdf, 676kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board - SAR protocol - May 2015 (pdf, 317kb) (opens in a new window)

Job description - members - August 2015 (pdf, 56kb) (opens in a new window)

Job description - independent and voluntary sector members - August 2015 (pdf, 51kb) (opens in a new window)

Personal Information Sharing Agreement (PISA) (pdf, 946kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board - Safeguarding Adults leaflet (pdf, 435kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board - Safeguarding Adults Posters (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)

Who is on the board?

The Board includes:

  • Independent Chair, Barrie Crook 
  • Dorset County Council 
  • Dorset Police
  • Dorset Probation Service 
  • Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Clinical Commissioning Group (Commissioning)
  • NHS England (Wessex area) (Commissioning)
  • Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust 
  • South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services
  • Voluntary sector
  • Independent sector provider representation
  • Dorset Councils Partnership
  • Purbeck District Council
  • Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership
  • Dorset Age Partnership
  • Prison Service representative
  • Elected member from Dorset County Council
  • Chair from the Quality Assurance Sub Group
  • Chair from the Policy and Procedure Sub Group
  • Chair from the Training and Workforce Development Sub Group

Useful documents

Dorset Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Annual Report 2014-2015 (opens in a new window)

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