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About the Safeguarding Adults Board

What is the Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board (BPSAB)?

The Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board (BPSAB) is a board made up of senior representatives from all the Statutory Agencies, including the two Local Authorities, Health Trusts, Police, Dorset Probation, Dorset Fire and Rescue service and the Ambulance service. It has been established to improve practice which protects and safeguards adults in vulnerable circumstances in Bournemouth & Poole. The board meets quarterly, and their work includes:

  • Developing strategies to reduce risk and prevent harm occurring to adults in vulnerable situations, as well as reacting effectively when it happens
  • Ensuring National policy & guidance are being adhered to locally
  • Determining local policy & procedures
  • Co-ordinating activity between agencies
  • Facilitating joint training
  • Ensuring good communication with the public and raising awareness of how to recognise and refer concerns about vulnerable adults being harmed
  • Monitoring and reviewing progress in safeguarding practices
  • Developing ways of working, which will improve ability to support Bournemouth & Poole residents across the community to live a life free from abuse
  • Learning from lessons where people have not been adequately protected;

How does the Board work?

The Safeguarding Adults Board works in partnership with other boards promoting the safety of residents, such as the Safer Poole Partnership, Bournemouth Community Safety Partnership and the Domestic Violence Strategic Board.

The Dorset wide Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures sets out the locally adopted procedures used by Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole. These procedures are currently being updated to include additions to recent legislation and developments in practice and once approved and endorsed by all member organisations of the Safeguarding Adults Board, will be updated on this webpage.

The Safeguarding Adults Board produces quarterly reports and an annual report on its activities. It reports to the Overview and Scrutiny Committees of both Councils, Local Strategic Partnerships, Poole Partnership, 2026 in Bournemouth, Safer Poole Partnership Board in the Borough of Poole and Safer & Stronger in Bournemouth. Promotion of adult safeguarding is being developed through a public information leaflet.


Who is on the Board?

The Board includes:

  • Independent Chair, Jane Ashman
  • Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Borough of Poole Council
  • NHS Bournemouth & Poole
  • Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
  • Dorset Police
  • Dorset Probation Service
  • Bournemouth & Poole Community Health Services
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Western Ambulance Service
  • Dorset Fire & Rescue Services

Subgroups of the Safeguarding Adults Board

The Safeguarding Adults Board

has three subgroups, each chaired by a member of the Board. The first two of these work across Dorset as well. These have been established to deliver on the board's work plan.

The Policy & Procedures Group

This sub-group has been established to ensure that local standards, policies and procedures are in place in relation to safeguarding adults in vulnerable situations. These will reflect national standards, regulations, guidance and case law and will apply to all statutory agencies across Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole. This group also ensures that the importance of safeguarding adults is included in other policy documents, such as domestic violence and safeguarding children.

The Training Group

The aim of this group is to ensure there is a skilled workforce to help protect vulnerable people and that there is awareness across all organisations, including the independent and voluntary sectors about what constitutes safeguarding and what to do if abuse is suspected. The group develops the multi-agency training strategy and considers the training needs required to safeguard residents and commissions training to meet these needs.

The Quality Assurance Group

This subgroup enables the Board to oversee the quality of its safeguarding activity across its area of responsibility. It has been set up to develop a framework which ensures there are effective and accountable safeguarding adults quality performance indicators & monitoring systems in place. It produces regular reports to the Board. This ensures that a consistent approach and good quality of safeguarding provision is maintained across all partner organisations


Safeguarding Adults - Serious Case Reviews

In addition to the three safeguarding subgroups, there is also a Serious Case Review Panel. A Serious Case Review (SCR) is a process for all partner agencies to identify the lessons that can be learned from particularly complex or serious  Safeguarding Adults cases, where an adult in vulnerable circumstances has died or been seriously injured and abuse or neglect has been suspected. The Panel recommends changes to improve practice and services in the light of these lessons.

The aim of the process is to learn lessons and make improvements rather than blaming individual people or organisations. It relies on a spirit of openness to learning, about what went well, as well as what could be improved. The process is based on national guidelines and has been agreed by all agencies who are members of Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board. The Serious Case Review Panel is chaired and all Serious Case Reviews are overseen by the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board.

How is it decided when to hold a Serious Case Review?

The Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board has a Protocol based on national guidance, which sets out the criteria for holding a Serious Case Review. The Serious Case Review Panel considers referrals for Serious Case Reviews and makes recommendations to the Independent Chair of the full Board on whether a Serious Case Review should be held or if other steps can be taken to respond to the issues that a case has raised. Anyone can make a referral to the Serious Case Review Group by contacting the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board.


How is a Serious Case Review carried out?

The Serious Case Review Panel drafts terms of reference for the Serious Case Review. Each agency involved in the case, including any independent providers involved, arranges for an Individual Management Review (IMR) to be carried out by a Manager independent of the case. The IMR reviews the agencies involvement and actions in the case. It has to address relevant aspect of the terms of reference and be based on a set format including a chronology, a review of recorded information and interviews with the key people involved.

An IMR writer can be a suitably skilled and experienced manager from the agency or an independent person commissioned by the individual agency. The completed IMRs are given to the panel and to an independent Overview Report Writer who uses them and any further inquiries they decide to make, to produce an overview report and a draft summary report, including recommendations on actions or changes needed.

The overview report and draft summary report is presented to the Serious Case Review Panel. The panel reviews the report and recommended actions. These are then presented to the Safeguarding Adults Board for the senior representatives from each agency on the board to consider and agree the proposed actions needed. It then monitors the implementation of these actions with the help of the Serious Case Review Panel. The summary report is published and made available to the public.

Safeguarding Adults - Serious Case Reviews Reports

It was agreed that findings from the Serious Case Review should be shared as widely as possible in order to enhance learning and inform practice. Read a public version of the main report of a Serious Case Review.|

To find out more about the Safeguarding Adults Board contact:

Barbara O'Brien

Safeguarding Adults Service Manager

Bournemouth Borough Council

Tel: 01202 458949

Fax: 01202 458931

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