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Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board

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The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) makes sure that all organisations work closely together, using the same multi-agency policies and procedures, to protect and prevent abuse of adults at risk. 

The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board's vision is to ensure that "Newcastle is an increasingly safer city for adults at risk of abuse and neglect".

More information on the Board's vision can be found in our Vision and Priorities document.

Our purpose

Our overarching purpose is to help and protect adults with care and support needs.

To do this we have to make sure that:

  • local safeguarding arrangements are in place
  • our safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome focused
  • we work together to prevent abuse and neglect
  • agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred
  • our safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life for adults in our area

Roles and Responsibilities

The Board is responsible for leading safeguarding arrangements across Newcastle and for overseeing, co-ordinating and challenging the effectiveness of the work of our members and partner agencies.

We also have a responsibility to develop and actively promote a culture among our members, partners, and our communities, that recognises the values and principles contained in Making Safeguarding Personal.

Making safeguarding personal means ensuring people are at the heart of the safeguarding process, from the beginning to the end.

The Board has a Partnership Agreement that reflects the shared responsibility and high priority afforded to safeguarding adults in Newcastle. The Board also has an Information Sharing Agreement to ensure that information is shared safely, securely and appropriately for the purposes of safeguarding adults at risk.

Our Statutory Duties

Under the Care Act 2014, we have to:

  • develop and publish a strategic plan setting out how we'll meet our objectives and how our member and partner agencies will contribute
  • publish an annual report detailing how effective our work has been
  • commission safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) for cases where an adult dies or is seriously harmed as a result of abuse or neglect


The Board meets six times a year to agree a work plan and review how well we're doing.  Our findings are published in our annual reports.

The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board is chaired by:

  • Vida Morris, Group Nurse Director South Locality Group, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

The agencies represented on the Board are:

  • Advocacy Centre North (representing the community and voluntary sector);
  • Changing Lives (representing the community and voluntary sector);
  • National Probation Service, North of Tyne;
  • Newcastle City Council;
  • NHS Newcastle and Gateshead CCG;
  • Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Northumbria Police;
  • Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company;
  • The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service;
  • Your Homes Newcastle;
  • Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board;
  • Chair of Improving Practice Sub Committee;
  • Chair of Learning and Development Committee

Strategic Annual Plan

We have a statutory duty to produce and share a strategic plan every year which sets out the Board's priorities for the year, the actions the Board will take to deliver them, and which sub-group is responsible for leading on each area.  The strategic annual plan explains how our Vision and Priorities will be achieved over the next year.

The plan allows the Board to measure its progress against each of its priorities which feeds into its Annual Report.

The strategic plan is presented at the Board meetings and each of the sub-group meetings for examination by members to see how well the Board is performing.  It is updated as actions are completed.

This is our strategic plan for 2019-2020.

    Annual Reports

    We have a statutory requirement to publish a report every year telling you want we've been doing to improve the safety of adults in Newcastle.

    What the reports include:

    • What the Board does and our vision and priorities;
    • our progress last year on implementing the Board's strategic plan through our sub-groups;
    • what our partners have been doing to safeguard people;
    • statistics and case histories of people who have had experience of safeguarding;
    • our plans for the coming year.

    This is our Annual Report for 2018-19 and for the previous year 2017-18

    Sub Committees

    In addition to the Board, the following four sub-committees meet and work on the plan, reporting to the main Board at every meeting:

    • Improving Practice Committee - Working to further develop policies, procedures and guidelines in light of new research, legislation and practice developments. The group reviews good and bad practice in safeguarding adults work to help reduce the instances of adult abuse. The group supports agencies to work together;
    • Learning and Development Committee - Identifying the multi-agency learning and development needs of the organisations in Newcastle. Produces a learning and development strategy and associated programme which supports all staff, volunteers and agencies in following the multi-agency policy and procedures;
    • Safeguarding Adults Review Committee - Considers any request for a Safeguarding Adults Review and makes recommendations to the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board. Advises the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board on processes, procedures and outcomes in relation to conducting a Safeguarding Adults Review under the Board's Safeguarding Adults Review procedures;
    • M-SET (Missing/Sexually Exploitation and Trafficking Group) - A sub-group of both the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board and the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board. Implements and monitors Newcastle's Joint Sexual Exploitation Strategy. 

    The six safeguarding principles

    All the work of the Board is underpinned by these principles; they inform the ways in which we work with adults. and help us to develop and improve our local arrangements.

    Empowerment: people being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent
    Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs
    Proportionality: the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
    Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need
    Partnership: local solutions through services working with their communities – communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
    Accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice 

    Need more information?


    NSAB Newsletters

    Summary Minutes of the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board

    Below are copies of the summary minutes from the meetings of the most recent Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board:


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