Reporting Safeguarding Activity

Information Provided to the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)

One of the requirements of the Care Act 2014 is that each local authority must set up a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) (see Safeguarding Adults Board Procedure).

In order to carry out its functions, SABs will need access to information that a wide number of people or other organisations may hold. Some of these may be SAB members, such as the NHS and the police. Others will not be, such as private health and care providers or housing providers/housing support providers or education providers.

In the past, there have been instances where the withholding of information has prevented organisations being fully able to understand what “went wrong”. This has hindered them identifying the lessons to be applied to prevent or reduce the risks of such cases reoccurring. If someone knows that abuse or neglect is happening they must act upon that knowledge, not wait to be asked for information.

A SAB may request a person to supply information to it or to another person. Under the Care Act, the person who receives the request must provide the information provided to the SAB if:

  • The request is made in order to enable or assist the SAB to do its job;
  • The request is made of a person who is likely to have relevant information and then either:
    i. The information requested relates to the person to whom the request is made and their functions or activities; or
    ii. The information requested has already been supplied to another person subject to a SAB request for information.