Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board is the lead organisation for ensuring all adults in the county are able to lead safe, fulfilling lives and are not subject to abuse or neglect by others.
The Board, which was established in 2003, is made up of representatives from the main public organisations who provide health, social care and public protection services in the county. The Board also has representatives from people who use these services and the voluntary sector.
This Board develops strategies to reduce risk and prevent harm occurring to adults in vulnerable situations and also co-ordinates and monitors how effectively partner organisations are working together to implement their own safeguarding responsibilities.
Safeguarding is everyone's business and the Board aims to ensure all agencies put safeguarding and the promotion of people's dignity, respect and independence at the heart of any work they carry out.
Worcestershire County Council is the lead agency for safeguarding adults but it is the responsibility of all organisations such as the NHS, Police and Care Quality Commission to prevent abuse and keep people safe.
The Board has an independent chair in Kathy McAteer who was appointed in 2014.
People aware that abuse or neglect is happening should contact the County Council's Access Centre on 0845 607 2000.