An opportunity has arisen for interested individuals to join the Safeguarding Adults Board as lay members. The board is run jointly between North Tyneside and Northumberland and its statutory role is to provide assurance that local safeguarding arrangements are in place, and that partners act to help and protect adults in its area who meet the criteria under the Care Act 2014.
The Board has three core duties under the Care Act:
- It must publish a Strategic Plan for each financial year that sets out how it will meet its main objectives and what the members will do to achieve this.
- It must publish an Annual Report detailing what the SAB has done during the year to achieve its main objectives and implement its strategic plan.
- It must conduct any Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act 2014.
The board is looking for two lay members, across both Northumberland and North Tyneside, who can bring a more ‘grassroots’ perspective to the work of the board. Lay members will be confident to challenge partners on their work in a constructive way, in order to improve outcomes for vulnerable adults and their famillies.
This is a voluntary position but reasonable expenses payments will be made. Meetings are generally held in South Northumberland. The commitment would be to attend 6 board meetings per year, which last 2 hours, two half day development workshops, and potentially sub group meetings if appropriate.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact:
Kristy Regan (North Tyneside Council) on 0191 643 5932 or
Karen Wright (Northumberland Council) on 01670 622683