The Care Act

The Care Act 2014 makes it a requirement of Local Authorities to establish a Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) to help protect adults from abuse by coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of what each member does. The core members of a LSAB are the Local Authority, the local Police Force, and the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, but other agencies are also members of the Board.

In Bristol, the functions of the LSAB are fulfilled by the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership. This Partnership combines the Local Safeguarding Adults Board, the Local Safeguarding Children Board, and the Community Safety Partnership. See the related pages for all functions related to Children and Communities.

Role of the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership

The overarching purpose of overseeing arrangements to protect adults from abuse is achieved by:
•assuring itself that local safeguarding arrangements are in place
•assuring itself that safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome-focused
•working collaboratively to prevent abuse and neglect where possible
•ensuring agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred
•assuring itself that safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in its area

Local Safeguarding Adults Boards (and therefore, the Adults section of the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership) have three core duties:
•They must publish a strategic plan for each financial year that sets how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this.
•They must publish an annual report detailing what the LSAB has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its strategic plan.
•They must conduct any Safeguarding Adults Review in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act
Safeguarding Adult Reviews. See our Safeguarding Adult Review page for more information.