The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) and the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) are statutory bodies made up of organisations that work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults, children and their families.

The role of the boards is to coordinate and ensure effective safeguarding across the city.

This website brings together information for adults, children, young people and their families; the professionals who work with them to help keep everyone in Manchester safe; and the people of Manchester who want to help us achieve this.

Both boards have ambitious plans for continuous improvement and for supporting our Independent Chair and partners to challenge and scrutinise the effectiveness of safeguarding activity across Manchester.

The two Boards are independent of each other but recognise the need for a joined-up “think family” approach to enable us to reach the highest standard of safeguarding for Manchester.  The Boards are made up of many of the same partners; are currently served by the same Independent Chair and are supported by an integrated business unit 

The Boards share a number of themes, policies and functions.  Details of some of these can be found below.

Safeguarding Standard

The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) and Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) expect all providers and commissioners of services for adults at risk and children in Manchester to adhere to their  Safeguarding Standard. This Standard represents the minimum standards expected.  The Safeguarding Standard can be found in full here.

Quality assurance and performance improvement

Multi-agency quality assurance and performance improvement activities are key functions of the Boards and allow us to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by our partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote welfare; and for us to advise on ways to improve.

Our activities include:

  • assessing the effectiveness and impact of the services being provided;
  • quality assuring practice, for example through audits of case files involving practitioners and identifying lessons to be learned;
  • assessing whether board partners are fulfilling their statutory obligations and parallel duties; and
  • asking board partners to self-evaluate.

The information collected through these activities will help to inform the strategic priorities for the Boards and our business plans. There are strong links across other subgroups to ensure learning, development and communication issues identified are addressed effectively.

Our quality assurance frameworks include a suite of performance indicators that includes data from a range of key agencies.

We have an agreed programme of multi-agency case file audits; and thematic analysis of these, along with learning and actions from statutory and other reviews, will further inform our continuous improvement.

More about our work can be found in:

More general information:

Communications and Engagement

The importance of effective and meaningful communication is recognised by the MSAB and MSCB as integral to keeping people safe in Manchester.  In 2016 an Integrated Communications and Engagement Subgroup was formed to serve both boards.  A strategy and action plan have been drafted taking into account the duties set out in the Care Act and Working Together; as well as the identified local aims and objectives from the boards’ business plans and risk registers, which are owned collectively by the member partners.

More information about the subgroup can be found here.

Learning and Development

In order to keep everyone in Manchester safe the Boards’ need to ensure that practitioners continue to learn and develop, that partners learn from practice and that there is continuous improvement.

Our Learning and Development section provides practitioners with the advice and information they need about training and professional development, including our MSCB Training Brochure April 2016 to March 2017.

Our learning from practice area looks at the outcomes from a range of reviews and audits, locally and nationally, and how we can use these valuable lessons learnt to improve our practice.

Affiliated Boards

Both Boards are affiliated with a number of other boards and bodies, details of which can be found here.

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