City and Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board

People should be able to live a life free from harm in communities that are intolerant of abuse, work together to prevent abuse and know what to do when it happens.

What is the board?

The board is a multi-agency partnership which has statutory functions under the Care Act 2014. The main objective of the board is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to safeguard adults at risk of abuse in the local area.

Dr Adi Cooper (OBE) is the Independent Chair of the board.

What does the board do?

The board has 3 main duties under the Care Act:

  1. It 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. The plan must be developed with local community involvement, and the SAB must consult the local Healthwatch organisation. The plan should be evidence-based and make use of all available evidence and intelligence from partners to form and develop its plan.
  2. It must publish an annual report detailing what the SAB has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its strategic plan, and what each member has done to implement the strategy as well as detailing the findings of any safeguarding adults reviews and subsequent action.
  3. It must conduct any safeguarding adults review in accordance with Section 44 of the Act.

In order to meet these objectives the board acts as follows:

  • agrees and reviews multi-agency City and Hackney safeguarding adults policy and procedure for protecting vulnerable adults, taking into account statutory requirements, national guidance and London regional policies
  • maintains an annual business plan, setting priorities for preventing and addressing abuse of vulnerable adults, and produces and disseminates an annual report
  • monitors incidents of abuse and neglect, reviews trends and acts where appropriate to improve services and support to vulnerable adults
  • regularly evaluates how agencies and providers safeguard vulnerable adults, by introducing rigorous quality assurance and scrutiny systems across partner agencies
  • agrees a serious case review protocol and reviews and learns from situations where safeguarding arrangements may have been inadequate
  • maintains a programme of training and development on safeguarding vulnerable adults for staff across agencies in the statutory, independent provider and voluntary sectors
  • develops and promotes arrangements for adults at risk and carers to be well-informed about safeguarding arrangements and provide opportunities for service users and carers to influence and feedback on their effectiveness
  • promotes public awareness of safeguarding as an issue for all citizens and engage the wider community in helping to prevent abuse and neglect and to report where they have concerns

Who is an adult at risk?

The Care Act 2014 defines an adult at risk as a person who has care and support needs and is, or is at risk of, being abused or neglected and unable to protect themselves against the abuse or neglect or risk of it because of those needs.

To learn more about adults at risk see safeguarding adults.

Strategy 2020-25

This is the board’s strategy, which outlines what the board aims to achieve in the next five years. It is accompanied by an annual strategic plan stating what we’ll do to meet our strategic aims.

Safeguarding adults review

Annual reports

Page updated on: 23 September 2021

City and Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board (CHSAB)


1 Hillman Street
Hackney Service Centre
E8 1DY