Safeguarding Adults Board

The vision of the North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board is for our communities to be a place where:

“all the citizens of NE Lincs, live independent lives with their rights and wellbeing protected, in safety, free from abuse and the fear of abuse”

The vision is one where no one should have to tolerate or be exposed to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

The NEL Safeguarding Adult Board (referred to as the SAB) is a statutory requirement for all local authorities under Sections 42-46 of the Care Act 2014 with the Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) taking the lead role and overall responsibility for adult safeguarding. As a minimum, the SAB membership must comprise of three main statutory partners, these being North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), Humberside Police and local health services. These work together, within a broader multi-agency approach, to ensure that:

  • The principle that all people in North East Lincolnshire feel safe and are safe is upheld
  • All partners have policies and procedures in place to underpin safe practice with regard to the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014, and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • All partners work within and deliver services that are compliant with NEL Safeguarding Procedures
  • Processes are in place to evidence that safeguarding is responsive to risk and need, is accessible to all people living in NEL and promotes choice through the application of a Making Safeguarding Personal approach
  • Information sharing protocols between partners are compliant with data protection requirements
  • Diversity and difference is addressed effectively through interagency policy, procedure, guidance and SAB activity.

It is about both preventing abuse and neglect, and promoting good practice when responding to specific concerns, in line with our Key Principles.

Where abuse is suspected or alleged, then  Safeguarding Adults Procedures (PDF) can be used by organisations and services to make sure that a consistent and comprehensive response is provided.

A vulnerable adult is defined as someone 18 years of age or over:

  • Who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and
  • Is or may be unable to take care of themselves, or unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.

Safeguarding adults can include any work or activity which aims to support vulnerable adults to retain independence, well-being and choice and to be able to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. To do this we employ an inter-agency policy called Making Safeguarding Personal.

North East Lincolnshire’s Safeguarding Adults Board consists of:

  • The Safeguarding Adults Board meet on a quarterly basis and is Chaired on an annual rotational by its members. This Board is responsible for endorsing the SAB Business Plan, Monitoring Performance and reviewing a variety of reports brought to the Board.
  • The Operational Leadership Group meets quarterly and takes responsibility for ensuring the Business Plan is delivered. The Operational Leadership Group oversees the work completed by the Subgroups.

Safeguarding Adults Board structure

Safeguarding Adults Board

More information

Terms of Reference and Work Plan



  Contact details

Team name: Safeguarding Adults Board , 3 Town Hall Square, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HX

Telephone: 01472 326118

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm except bank holidays