What we do
The NYSAB has been set up to protect adults who may be at risk from abuse by promoting co-operation and effective working practices between different agencies.
The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board brings together a combination of NHS, Police, local government, independent and voluntary sector and community partners seeking to ensure that adults who may be vulnerable are well and safe.
The NYSAB supports the aims of adult safeguarding which are to:
- Stop abuse or neglect
- Prevent harm and reduce risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs
- Safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about how they want to live
- Promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adults concerned
- Raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect
- Provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do raise a concern about the safety and wellbeing of an adult, and
- Address what has caused the abuse or neglect
Strategic Priorities 2020/21
Work more closely with communities in North Yorkshire to develop strategies that reduce the risk of abuse, and help improve services
- Use public campaigns to improve local communities’ understanding of adult abuse and how to get help
- Encourage local communities to be the “eyes and ears” of safeguarding – “Safeguarding is Everybody’s Business”
- Alert people to scams, fraud and other forms of financial abuse
- Explore new ways the SAB can find out the views of adults about their experience and awareness safeguarding
- Support Healthwatch to get the public’s views of Health and Social Care Services
Implement and embed the new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, in line with national guidance and best practice around MSP:
- Deliver confident and competent practice that is responsive, and in which the principles of MSP are embedded
- Ensure the adult, their families and carers work together with agencies to find the right solutions to keep people safe, and support them in making informed choices.
Develop a whole community approach to the prevention of abuse:
- Ensure statutory agencies work together in an effective manner, including initial response to safeguarding concerns
- Work more closely with partners in children’s and community safety services at a strategic and local level
- Develop relevant partnerships around issues in other areas which impact on Adult Safeguarding including, but not restricted to, Modern Slavery, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Exploitation
Ensure the accountability of all partners working with adults at risk of abuse:
- Seek better evidence that the SAB’s activity and plans are making a positive difference for people – do they feel safer?
- Develop multi-agency performance data and Key Performance Indicators, and benchmark ourselves against others
- Ensure the voice of people who use services and their representatives help to shape professional practice
- Ensure that immediate and longer term learning from SARs, serious incidents and from good practice identified within North Yorkshire regionally and nationally, is understood and implemented across all agencies
Develop North Yorkshire’s response to National Priorities:
- Prepare for the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards and the outcome of the Mental Health Act Review (now deferred by national government to 2021/22)
- Review and monitor any action and improvement plans that result from any identified safeguarding issues from Learning Disability Mortality Reviews.
Understand and assess the impact of changes in the strategic context within which the Board operates:
Anticipate and respond to any changes that could impact (positively or negatively) on Safeguarding in North Yorkshire, for example:
- Exiting the EU
- NHS 10-year plan
- Budgetary Pressures
- Changes to the Safeguarding Childrens’ Partnership working arrangements
- The impact of Covid 19 and progress towards recovery