Welcome by the Independent Chair
I have been the Independent Chair of the Croydon Safeguarding Adult Board [CSAB] since end of January 2018 and am pleased to introduce the CSAB Annual Report 2017 – 18. I am a qualified social worker and have operated in senior positions in Social Care and Health at local and national level. I am very aware of the pressure on local services and the commitment of services to preventing abuse and responding effectively to adults who are at risk.
As a CSAB we challenge and support each other and we are working as partners to make real improvement across all services.
We held a Development Day in June 2018 where we set next year’s priorities and reviewed our partnership. We created a more streamlined and focussed structure for the board and it’s sub-groups.
Holding those who are at risk of abuse as our focus, we agreed that we need further work on our existing priorities. Building on achievements to date, we will continue to focus on:
- Prevention and early identification of adults at risk of abuse.
- Commissioning to ensure adults at risk services that protect them from abuse and there is a robust response to market failure.
- Voice of service users is central to the work of the CSAB and all partners and influences policy and practice.
- Making Safeguarding Personal is central to the commissioning and delivery of services to adults at risk.
The CSAB ensures there is effective communications with Croydon residents, between professionals, agencies and between different Boards and Partnerships.
The CSAB continues to work closely with the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board, I meet with the Independent Chair of the Children’s Board in order to have oversight of cross cutting safeguarding agendas.