Safeguarding Adults Board

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board is the main forum for making sure that we keep safe those adults with care and support needs who are at risk of abuse and neglect and unable to protect themselves.

The Board, which was established in 2003, has an independent chair in Kathy McAteer who was appointed in 2014. It includes membership from the County Council, NHS, Police, Healthwatch, a carers' representative and the voluntary sector.

Safeguarding adults is everyone's business and the Board provides leadership and makes sure that everyone is playing their part.

The Board aims to raise awareness and prevent abuse and neglect wherever possible. Where abuse or neglect has occurred the Board makes sure that agencies respond appropriately to support people to achieve the best outcomes. It also makes sure that action is taken against those responsible, and that lessons are learnt to prevent similar abuse or neglect happening to others.

Anyone aware of the abuse or neglect of an adult should contact the County Council's Access Centre on 0845 607 2000.