Safeguarding Adults Board

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.

How do we do this?

The purpose of the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is to provide strategic leadership and direction for partners in the context of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements by;

  • Having oversight of the effectiveness of partnership safeguarding arrangements;
  • Endorsing safeguarding policies, procedures, and protocols;
  • Holding partners to account for compliance with guidelines and procedures under the Care act 2014
  • Promoting NEL core safeguarding priorities across partnerships in collaboration with the safeguarding children board
  • Securing sufficient resources, financial and in kind, to fulfil board function and assure quality of safeguarding in NEL

Objectives of the SAB will be achieved through ensuring both statutory and non-statutory safeguarding partners are involved with and contribute to SAB core business and are held to account where necessary by assuring itself 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.

Who do we help?

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

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