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‘.
“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”.
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 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.
They are expected to be able to:
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.
For more information see our affiliated boards resource.
Details can be found in our legislation and government guidance resource
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