I am pleased to present the 2016-17 Annual Report on behalf of all the agencies represented on the Stockport Safeguarding Adult Board (SSAB). The reports shows that in Stockport we have continued to build on the strong partnership foundation to meet the many challenges facing agencies in ensuring that we are keeping adults at risk safe.
We hope that you will find that the report helps you to better understand how organisations and people work together and the contribution the Safeguarding Board has made to this. It sets out how these arrangements can continue to improve as the Safeguarding Board and partners objectively and critically learn from what works well and act to improve what may not work as well intended.
This reporting year has been a very significant one for safeguarding adults in Stockport. The Board has established itself on a stronger footing during this year with a complete review of our governance structures and foundations. We are in a better position moving into 2017-18 to continue to develop our partnership arrangements to support and protect the most vulnerable.
The Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2016-17 outlines the work of the Board over the last twelve months and how partner agencies have worked together to improve the safety of adults at risk of abuse. The report contains details of how safeguarding has been promoted and developed over the last year through the Board and its sub-groups.
The report also describes how the Board intends to continue this in the future. Over the last 12 months we have seen a number of developments and improvements
being put in place in order to enhance safeguarding or to minimise the risk of harm to adults at risk. These include:
- Greater Manchester police has increased the number of front line police officers able to attend incidents of domestic abuse;
- Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council awarded a total of £103K to 19 care/nursing homes to carry out a variety of projects to encourage independence
and reablement of their residents;
- Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust – Pathfinder Stockport has a ‘pathway to employment’ programme which supports vulnerable service users in employment;
- Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue – enhanced focus on learning opportunities which is evidenced by the review of an e safety learning package;
- Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group – Care Homes Awards took place and gave staff well-deserved recognition for their dedication and commitment;
- National Probation Service – seconded a full-time probation officer into the Stockport Youth Offending Service to ensure that young people are transitioned into adult services in a safe manner;
- Stockport Homes – deliver a wide range of services which provide bespoke and tailored support to vulnerable adults.
It is important to remember that the Safeguarding Adults Board does not deliver operational services and is not solely responsible for all safeguarding arrangements in Stockport. The Board’s role is to exercise oversight and assurance in respect of safeguarding arrangements, some of which may be developed and led by others.
The Safeguarding Board itself is made up of senior leaders from a wide range of partners and agencies, including the voluntary and community sector. Stockport Safeguarding Adult Board members are fully committed to the principle that safeguarding vulnerable people is everyone’s business. We want to ensure that all the
communities in Stockport are equipped to play their part in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
The partnership has continued to strengthen this year and the contributions of all partners to achieve our priorities are detailed in this report. I am particularly grateful to the Healthwatch representatives on the Board for their contributions and for helping us to stay focussed on what actually makes a difference to people’s safety and wellbeing.
The Annual Report contains a number of case studies provided by our partner agencies that bring ‘to life’ the experience of vulnerable people who use services in Stockport. The pace and scale of the work of the SSAB continues due to the commitment of the partner agencies who consistently drive for improvements in the quality of services which safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable adults. Without them the pulling together of this annual report and all that we have achieved would not have been possible.
On behalf of the SSAB I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the staff in both the statutory and the independent sectors and volunteers who work with vulnerable adults and their families for their continued effort; you are our ‘safeguarding system’ and without you none of this could happen.
Independent Chair Stockport Safeguarding Adult Board.