Adult safeguarding boards in North West England: the power of positive linking

Adult safeguarding boards in North West England: the power of positive linking Purpose – Adult Safeguarding Boards are the means by which local authorities in England and Wales seek to work collaboratively to protect adults at risk of abuse. The last two years have heralded the emergence of the role of Independent Chairs. This paper seeks to outline the experience of Adult Safeguarding Boards from around North West England. Design/methodology/approach – A general review of the seven Independent Chairs and 15 employed chairs (typically Directors of Adult Social Services) in North West England endorsed the importance of having a virtual network to work on a shared portfolio of interests. Findings – The review highlighted concerns regarding the independence of Independent Chairs, the challenges to partnership working created by the turnover of managers, the governance of Adult safeguarding Boards, and their performance and practice. Originality/value – The paper confirms that diversity is the dominant characteristic of Adult Safeguarding Boards in North West England. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Adult Protection Emerald Publishing

Adult safeguarding boards in North West England: the power of positive linking

The Journal of Adult Protection, Volume 13 (4): 10 – Aug 15, 2011

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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1466-8203
DOI
10.1108/14668201111177914
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Abstract

Purpose – Adult Safeguarding Boards are the means by which local authorities in England and Wales seek to work collaboratively to protect adults at risk of abuse. The last two years have heralded the emergence of the role of Independent Chairs. This paper seeks to outline the experience of Adult Safeguarding Boards from around North West England. Design/methodology/approach – A general review of the seven Independent Chairs and 15 employed chairs (typically Directors of Adult Social Services) in North West England endorsed the importance of having a virtual network to work on a shared portfolio of interests. Findings – The review highlighted concerns regarding the independence of Independent Chairs, the challenges to partnership working created by the turnover of managers, the governance of Adult safeguarding Boards, and their performance and practice. Originality/value – The paper confirms that diversity is the dominant characteristic of Adult Safeguarding Boards in North West England.

Journal

The Journal of Adult ProtectionEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 15, 2011

Keywords: Independent Chairs; Governance; Regional network; Partnership; Inter‐agency practices; Outcomes

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