The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board (IWSAB) is a statutory, multi-agency partnership committee, coordinated by the local authority, which gives strategic leadership for adult safeguarding, across the Isle of Wight. The IWSAB is now a statutory requirement under the Care Act 2014. The Board has an Independent Chair whose prime duty is to ensure that all agencies – including the Isle of Wight council, the Police, NHS organisations, and the independent voluntary sector – work together to safeguard adults at risk of harm. The IWSAB is a strategic team, rather than an operational one.
The primary purpose of the IWSAB is to help safeguard adults with care and support needs. It does this by:
- Assuring that the safeguarding arrangements on the Island help and protect adults who meet the criteria set out in Chapter 14 of the statutory guidance of the Care Act 2014.
- Assuring that safeguarding practice is person-centred and outcome-focused.
- Working collaboratively to prevent abuse and neglect where possible.
- Ensuring agencies and individuals give timely and proportionate responses when abuse or neglect have occurred.
- Assuring itself that safeguarding practice is continuously improving and enhancing the quality of life of adults in its area.
The IWSAB is working to actively develop and promote Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) across the Island. MSP is a preventative and personal centred approach to safeguarding that focuses on the outcomes desired by the individual concerned and considering a range of responses to support people to improve or resolve their circumstances.
Members of the Board all work together to agree strategies, procedures, training and resources to safeguard adults at risk. The Board also publishes an Annual Report and Business Plan which can be found below.
In the Autumn, the Board publishes an Annual Report giving on overview of the work done in the last financial year.