About the Safeguarding Adults Board

What we do

We work at a strategic level to monitor the effectiveness of the safeguarding work carried out by all of our partner members and partner agencies.

What is our purpose?

The main purpose of Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) is to promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of harm for people with care and support needs.  We do this by;

  • Seeking assurance that our partners listen to the voice of the person at risk
  • Seeking assurance that Worcestershire safeguarding arrangements are in place as defined by the Care Act 2014 and supporting statutory guidance
  • Seeking assurance that safeguarding practice carried out by organisations in Worcestershire is person-centred and outcome-focused
  • Work collaboratively in order to prevent abuse and neglect where possible
  • Seek to ensure that agencies and individuals give timely and balanced responses when abuse or neglect is identified
  • Assure our self that safeguarding practice in Worcestershire is continuously improving and that we are enhancing the quality of life of adults within our local communities.


Board Structure and Contacts

Board Secretariat

Derek Benson        Independent Chair
Bridget Brickley     Board Manager
Sarah Wilks            Board Coordinator
Jane Jones             Board Administrator

01905 844474/01905 846572

Media Enquiries

For all media enquiries relating to Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board please contact 01905 844474 or 01905 846572 or email

How we do it

The role and responsibilities of the Board are summarised in the following 5 Strategic Objectives:

1) To provide and seek assurance of effective leadership, partnership working and governance, holding partners and agencies to account

2) To listen to people who have been subject to abuse or neglect, and seek assurance that people are able to be supported in the way that they want, are involved in decisions and can achieve the best outcomes

3) To be assured that safeguarding is embedded in communities, raising awareness, promoting well-being and preventing abuse and neglect from happening in the first place

4) To seek assurance that effective policies, procedures and practices are in place that ensure the safety and wellbeing of anyone who has been subject to abuse or neglect, are proportionate and that action is taken against those responsible.

5) To learn lessons and make changes that prevent similar abuse or neglect happening to other people

Annual Priorities

Each year the WSAB holds Strategy Day to evaluate the impact of activities over the last year and identify business objectives for the forthcoming year.

In January 2018 The Board agreed to move away from a three year strategy and focus on an Annual Business Plan in order to address emerging priorities identified through SARs and performance data.

Priorities for 2019/20  are:

These objectives have been used to complete the Annual Business Plan and inform the work streams of the relevant sub groups.

The Board is required to publish an Annual Report to show how it has performed during the year.

Other Boards and Agencies

We work closely with a number of other Board and agencies including;

Here are some more links that you may find useful including some partner agencies;