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Welcome to the Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) website

On this site you will find information about the Board, multi-agency safeguarding policies and procedures, training opportunities, access to e-learning, local agency details and the latest news.

The LSAB has a major role to play in ensuring that adults ‘at risk’ are kept safe through effective partnership working. The role of the Board is to try to ensure that people in Blackburn with Darwen, who may be at risk as potentially more vulnerable, through physical, emotional/mental illness or disability (including older people) 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 and happy 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 the voices of service users are heard.

 

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Safety from harm and exploitation is one of our most basic needs. Being or feeling unsafe undermines our relationships and self-belief. “Safeguarding” is a range of activity aimed at upholding an adult’s fundamental right to be safe. It is of particular importance for people who, because of their situation or circumstances, are unable to keep themselves safe. (Department of Health 2010)

Locally in Blackburn with Darwen, it was agreed to use the simple terminology of ‘an adult at risk’ as being regarded in BwD as an eligible adult in relation to adult safeguarding policy and procedures. It was agreed to adopt the definition of an ‘adult at risk’ set out in the Scottish Adult Support and Protection Act 2007.

The law in Scotland defines adults at risk as those who:

(a) are unable to safeguard their own well-being, property, rights or other interests,
(b) are at risk of harm, and
(c) because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, are more vulnerable to being harmed than adults who are not so affected.

An adult is at risk of harm if:
(a) another person’s conduct is causing (or is likely to cause) the adult to be harmed, or
(b) the adult is engaging (or is likely to engage) in conduct which causes (or is likely to cause) self-harm.

The role of Blackburn with Darwen LSAB is:

  • To raise awareness about abuse of adults who may be at risk and to encourage communities to look out for each other;
  • To ensure agencies do all they can to prevent abuse and provide professional learning opportunities to support this; and
  • To ensure agencies respond to actual or alleged abuse in a skilled and effective way that safeguards the victim and ensures access to local justice systems, whilst supporting them to recover and have their wishes heard and respected.

(Where the term abuse is used this also includes neglect by another person(s) and self neglect is now considered as a potential safeguarding concern under the Blackburn with Darwen Policy)

Are you concerned about a vulnerable adult?

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.

Contact the Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Adults Team for confidential advice and consultation. Please call 01254 585949 between the hours of 08:45 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.

If you are calling outside these hours please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587547.