Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board

Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) brings together a number of agencies across the city to ensure that there is a joined up approach to adult safeguarding.

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about working together to support people to make decisions about the risks they face in their own lives, and protecting those who lack the capacity to make these decisions.

We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, whether as a carer or family member, a friend or neighbour, an employer, or as a paid or volunteer worker. This section of our website is for service users; their families and friends; employers or carers; and the practitioners and volunteers who work with them.

It is increasingly important that members of the local community have an understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep people safe in Manchester. For this reason we have a section for the wider Manchester community and local businesses who we hope will help us ensure ‘safeguarding is everyone’s business‘.

Our vision

The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board developed its vision in 2015:
“Ensuring every citizen in Manchester is able to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Everyone who lives or works in the city has a role to play”.

Our values

The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board believes:

  • People have the right to live their lives free from neglect and abuse.
  • Safeguarding adults is a shared responsibility of all organisations and agencies commit to holding each other to account.
  • The individual, family and community should be at the heart of safeguarding practice.
  • High quality multi-agency working is essential to good safeguarding.
  • We respect that adults have a right to take risks and that this will sometimes restrict our ability to act.
  • There must be a commitment to continuous improvement and learning across the partnership.

What is the MSAB?

Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) is a statutory multi-agency board established under the Care Act 2014.

The MSAB has an independent chair and membership is made up of senior representatives from all the main agencies and organisations in Manchester whose staff come into contact with adults at risk of harm or abuse, their parents and carers.

The MSAB is not an operational body. Its role is to ensure the coordination and effectiveness of the services provided to adults and their families by member organisations.

Find our more in our About the MSAB resource

The Role of the MSAB

The Care Act 2014 sets out that the overarching objective of a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults in its area who:

  • Have needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs); and
  • Are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • As a result of those care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

The Board is committed to working in partnership with all agencies for the benefit of adults and to achieve a coherent and coordinated approach to safeguarding.

We are clear that effective safeguarding cannot be achieved by any agency independently and co-operation is the key to being assured of the safety of the people of Manchester.

The MSAB also has a strategic role in challenging the overall safeguarding work of the partnership and for ensuring continuous improvement in practice.

We take lead responsibility for coordinating the safeguarding work of our partners and for monitoring the quality and consistency of safeguarding practice and training across all partner agencies.

The MSAB holds its member organisations to account for their performance and contributes to the broader planning, commissioning and delivery of services.

The role of a Board member

Members of the MSAB are people with a strategic role in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults within their organisation.

They are expected to be able to:

  • speak for their organisation with authority;
  • commit their organisation on policy and practice matters;
  • hold their organisation to account.

MSAB Governance Structure

The MSAB is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives of all the principle agencies and organisations whose staff come into contact with adults with care & support needs, their families and carers.

Julia Stephens-Row is the Independent Chair of the MSAB. The Chair is independent of the local agencies so that the MSAB can exercise its local challenge function effectively.

In addition to its main Board, the MSAB has a number of subgroups which undertake specific tasks on its behalf; find out more about these subgroups in our MSB subgroups resource; we also have a MSB governance chart showing our arrangements.

MSAB Business Documents

You can find documents such as our vision, business plan and annual reports in the MSAB business documents resource.

Published MSAB Board Minutes

Copies of published MSAB Board minutes can be found on our minutes pages.

Safeguarding Adult Reviews & other Reviews

The MSAB has a statutory duty to have a carry out reviews, which helps all agencies work together to look at situations where there has been good or concerning practice. Find out more in our Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Learning from Practice resources.

Affiliated Boards

The MSAB works in partnership with other strategic boards such as the Manchester Health & Wellbeing Board, the Manchester Community Safety Partnership and the Manchester Older People’s Forum and Board.

For more information see our affiliated boards resource.

Legislation & government guidance

The Boards are statutory bodies and as such are the subject of government legislation.

Details can be found in our legislation and government guidance resource


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