Report 47: User involvement in adult safeguarding

Formal systems and involvement

We thought having a big [safeguarding adults] board with lots of people involved was the answer, but all it did was stop people communicating.

Joseph Carmody, Principal Manager for Adult Safeguarding in the Royal Borough of Kingston


This section explains the formal arrangements made by local authorities for adult safeguarding, in particular, safeguarding adults boards (SABs) in England. It reports on research into the effectiveness of adult safeguarding systems, and SABs in particular, highlighting the range of ways in which people who use services have been involved in SABs and in adult safeguarding mechanisms in general. This research indicates that more work is needed to improve the empowerment and involvement aspects of adult safeguarding. The section includes examples of SABs in practice.


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