Safeguarding Adults Boards – Structures

The guidance on SABs allows discretion on their structure to reflect local requirements, systems, priorities and strategic objectives. However, SABs need administrative support systems in order to function. Some SABs have business support teams to support their work and the work of any subgroups and task-and-finish groups.

SABs need to manage the potential tension between their strategic and assurance responsibilities. Some SABs have established a two-tier model to accommodate this, with a strategic tier drawn from the three specified member agencies and an assurance tier below, responsible for implementation. This tier is drawn from a wider membership.