The Care Act 2014 requires each Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) to publish an annual report.
The Care Act (Schedule 2.4 (1) a–g) defines the minimum content of an annual report:
As soon as is feasible after the end of each financial year, a SAB must publish a report on:
- What it has done during that year to achieve its objective,
- What it has done during that year to implement its strategy,
- What each member has done during that year to implement the strategy,
- The findings of the reviews arranged by it under section 44 (safeguarding adults reviews) which have concluded in that year (whether or not they began in that year),
- The reviews arranged by it under that section which are ongoing at the end of that year (whether or not they began in that year),
- What it has done during that year to implement the findings of reviews arranged by it under that section, and
- Where it decides during that year not to implement a finding of a review arranged by it under that section, the reasons for its decision.
The performance of member agencies and how effectively, or otherwise, they are working together should be included in the report. Questions for consideration include the following:
- Are adequate resources being committed by each agency?
- Is there effective collaborative working?
- Is the sum of their efforts greater than the parts?
- Is the service model in place fit for purpose and the best available?
- What examples are there of a culture of challenge to performance across the SAB?
The annual report must be sent to:
- The chief executive and leader of the local authority which established the SAB,
- Any local policing body that is required to sit on the SAB,
- The local Healthwatch organisation,
- The chair of the local health and wellbeing board.
Annual reports should form the basis for the consultation on the strategic plan for the coming year.
A SAB should seek assurance from its members that the annual report has been considered within their internal governance processes.
LSAB Annual Report 2015-2016