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The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Safeguarding Adults Board

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Safeguarding Adults Board (BCPSAB) is a strategic partnership working to protect vulnerable adults in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  

The Board exists because the Care Act 2014 says that every area must have one. Their work includes: 

  • ensuring that agencies work together to reduce risk, prevent harm and protect adults at risk
  • making sure national policy is being followed locally
  • agreeing local policy with partners
  • promoting joined up work between agencies
  • supporting joint training
  • raising awareness of how to recognise and share concerns about adults at risk of abuse or neglect
  • reviewing safeguarding practice and ensuring that it takes into account the views of people who use services, and their carers
  • ensuring that lessons are learned when people have not been adequately protected 

The board meets every 3 months and has a statutory duty to produce an Annual Report. The Annual Report is presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Overview and Scrutiny Committees of the Council. You can read the annual report as well as their strategic plan on the board website. 

The Safeguarding Adults Board works with other Boards to improve the safety of residents, such as the BCP Learning Disability Partnership, BCP Community Safety Partnership and Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership. 

Who’s on the board 

  • Siân Walker, Independent Chair 

The statutory partners are: 

  • BCP Council
  • Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dorset Police. 

Other board partners are:

  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Western Ambulance Service
  • NHS England
  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Dorset National Probation Service
  • the voluntary sector 

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (previously Serious Case Reviews) 

The Care Act 2014 states that the Board has a duty to carry out a Safeguarding Adult Review in some cases where there’s been a death, or very serious incident and it is thought that partner agencies could have worked together better to safeguard a person or group of people. 

The Board asks a reviewer to look at what has happened and what we can learn from these cases. The purpose of the review is to identify learning to prevent the same thing happening again.