On this site you will find information about Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB), multi-agency safeguarding policies and procedures, training opportunities, access to e-learning, local agency details and the latest news.

The overarching purpose of the LSAB is to help and safeguard adults with care and support needs and lead adult safeguarding arrangements through effective partnership working.

The role of the Board is to ensure that people in Blackburn with Darwen, who may be at risk of abuse or neglect are assisted to keep themselves safe and are protected where necessary by agencies which have that responsibility.

The Board also needs to be confident that action is taken by the responsible agencies to investigate cases of alleged abuse and to provide support to people if they have been subject to abuse in any way and to learn and improve from the reviews of serious incidents where adults have died or suffered significant harm.

Here on the LSAB website there is information for everyone to find out more about making Blackburn with Darwen a safe place for all residents. The LSAB is also very keen to listen to the community themselves about what matters to them when it comes to keeping people safe. The Board will work closely with its members and the local community to make sure their voice is heard.

Safeguarding Adults

The Care Act (2014) and statutory Care and Support Guidance sets clearly the criteria of when safeguarding duties to an adult apply:

  • The adults has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
  • Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect

Safeguarding means protecting an adults rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Making Safeguarding Personal is about having conversations with people about how we might respond in safeguarding situations in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety

There are six key principles that underpin all adult safeguarding work:

  • Empowerment
  • Prevention
  • Proportionality
  • Protection
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

Further information can be obtained in the Policies Tab

The Role of Blackburn with Darwen LSAB

The key aims of the LSAB are to

  • Ensure that whenever abuse or neglect is suspected or reported, there is an effective, consistent and coordinated response;
  • Ensure that partner agencies have preventative measures in place to lessen the likelihood of abuse occurring;
  • Increase the awareness of safeguarding issues amongst the general public, carers, service users, voluntary and paid workers;
  • Provide a framework for the further inter agency development of safeguarding policy including learning lessons from practice;
  • Provide positive safeguarding outcomes for service users, which are best achieved by robust and effective inter-agency working;

To promote multi agency training and review the implementation and impact of training.

Are you concerned about adult experiencing abuse or neglect?

If the person you are concerned about is over the age of 18 years of age, they need or they may need health and social care support, and you feel they are being abused or at risk of abuse from another person, then they are likely to be an ‘adult at risk’ and you should consider making a safeguarding adult referral.

The Safeguarding Adults team Blackburn with Darwen  have been working with Digital and Customer services to set up a way of sending a Safeguarding concern via the BwD website.

The link will also to enable members of the public to submit a concern.

Adult protection | Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Initially the person completing the form will need to register on the BwD website but once this is complete a concern can be submitted. The concern will then be picked up by the safeguarding duty officer who will screen and support accordingly.

You can contact the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Safeguarding Adult Team on 01254 585 949 or e-mail: safeguarding.adults@blackburn.gov.uk.

If you are calling outside of hours, please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587 547, or contact the Police on 01254 51212 or dial 999.