Safeguarding adults is about protecting those at risk of harm. It involves identifying abuse and acting whenever someone is being harmed. The Department of Health defines a vulnerable adult as a person aged 18 years or over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation. Safeguarding is everybody’s business.
An adult at risk is an adult who:
The Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership - Adults (KBSP) is a statutory partnership of all the organisations working to safeguard adults at risk in the city. The multi-agency policies help people to report, investigate and stop abuse, supported by Adult Care Team Managers.
Changes to child safeguarding legislation announced in 2018 has meant that all local authorities were required to make arrangements to replace their Local Safeguarding Children Boards by September 2019. Instead, each locality must have access to a team of Safeguarding Partners who work together to support the safeguarding system. In Bristol this meant that the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board was replaced by the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership which also manages the functions of the local Safeguarding Adults Board and Community Safety Partnership. The Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership now takes on the function of the Local Safeguarding Adults Board, with most work delegated to the Keeping Adults Safe (KAS) Business Delivery Group. The KAS is a multi-agency group accountable to the KBSP Executive Board with the purpose of driving the delivery of the Board’s Strategic and Business Planning in relation to, but not limited to Duties and responsibilities as defined by the Care Act 2014 to ensue local safeguarding arrangements are in place to keep Adults safe.
The KAS objectives include ensuring that partners in Bristol work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of Adults in Bristol as set out in Multi Agency Statutory Guidance and the Care Act 2014, and drive continuous improvement in outcomes to reduce risk of harm to adults in Bristol.
Some of the responsibilities of the KAS include:
Another responsibility of LSAB is to undertake Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR). The KBSP Executive group is responsible for the decision making around agreeing and commissioning SARs and the KAS develops and delivers against the appropriate actions from national and local reviews. You can read more about these reviews on the SAR page.
The detailed arrangements for Safeguarding Partners can be found in the KBSP Local Arrangements 19/20.
The requirements for the LSAB (KBSP / KAS) laid out by the government are provided in the Care Act 2014.
The KAS Business Plan will be published here once available.