Local Safeguarding Board

Local Safeguarding Board

Safeguarding adults services in Central Bedfordshire are coordinated by the Local Safeguarding Board for Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The role of the Board is to promote the safety of adults by developing robust multi-agency systems for the prevention and investigation of the abuse of adults.

The Board

The Board will:

  • review and monitor the operation of the Safeguarding Adults’ policy and procedures for responding to concerns of abuse or neglect 
  • develop and agree an information-sharing agreement
  • share information about providers or individuals via concern notifications, complaints, death list collation etc., that are retained and collated for future reference
  • review and monitor systems and processes that are in place and ensure collection and documentation are of agreed standards
  • monitor outcomes of strategy meetings / case conferences to ensure course of action completed / investigation included
  • establish training strategies for staff, volunteers, service users and carers and monitor their implementation and relevance
  • oversee the collection of data on the incidence of adult abuse and the outcomes of investigation
  • initiate action and / or plans as a result of data collection analysis presented to the Board
  • develop a strategic / forward plan
  • audit and develop services for people who are at risk of / have experienced abuse or neglect
  • audit and develop responses to and services for perpetrators of abuse / neglect
  • develop strategies for reducing risk of abuse and neglect across a range of settings, including care settings and the community
  • review the strategic plan and produce an annual report 

Membership of the Board

The following organisations and agencies are members of the Local Safeguarding Board for Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire:

  • Bedford Borough Council
  • Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Bedfordshire Police
  • National Probation Service
  • SEPT Community Health Services
  • Bedfordshire CCG
  • Bedford Hospital Acute Trust
  • Luton & Dunstable Hospital Acute Trust
  • Central Bedfordshire HealthWatch
  • Bedford HealthWatch
  • Bedfordshire & Luton Fire and Rescue Service
  • East of England Ambulance NHS Trust
  • HMP Bedford
  • POhWER advocacy services
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