About the MSAB

What is the MSAB and what do we do?
Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) is a statutory multi-agency board made up of representatives from the Local Authority, Police, Health Service, Probation, the Voluntary Sector and others.

The work of the Board is based on the following Vision:
“Ensuring every citizen in Manchester is able to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Everyone who lives and works in the city has a role to play.”

All partners are expected to support this aim and to deliver the highest standard of service.

We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, whether as a parent or family member, a friend or neighbour, an employer, or as a paid or volunteer worker. 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.

The Role of the MSAB

The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) is a statutory body established under the established under the Care Act 2014.

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. The Board is 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 is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives of all the principle agencies and organisations in the county whose staff come into contact with vulnerable adults, their parents and carers.

The MSAB also has a strategic role in challenging the overall safeguarding work of the partnership and for ensuring continuous improvement in practice. The MSAB takes lead responsibility for coordinating the safeguarding work of the partners and for monitoring the quality and consistency of safeguarding practice and training across all partner agencies.

The MSAB is not an operational body. Its role is to ensure the coordination and effectiveness of the services provided to children, young people and their families by member organisations. The MSAB holds its member organisations to account for their performance and contributes to the broader planning, commissioning and delivery of services.

The MSAB consists of senior representatives from all the principal organisations in the county whose staff come into contact with vulnerable adults, their parents and carers.

The Board also has Lay Members, whose role is to represent the local community and a member representing the Voluntary and Community sector.

In addition to the main Board, the MSCB has created a number of subgroups to undertake specific tasks on its behalf.

The MSCB is also affiliated to a number of other strategic boards across Manchester.

The MSAB Governance Structure

Who is the Chair of the MSAB?
Julia Stephens-Row is the Independent Chair of the MSAB and can be contacted by email at manchestersafeguardingboards@manchester.gov.uk

What is the role of the Independent Chair?
The Independent Chair oversees the Board which is made up of senior representatives from the key statutory and voluntary organisations that have responsibility for delivering services to adults in Manchester.

The Chair is independent of the local agencies so that the MSAB can exercise its local challenge function effectively.

Who is responsible for appointing or removing the MSAB Chair?
It is the responsibility of the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council to appoint or remove the MSAB chair with the agreement of a panel including MSAB partners and lay members.

The Chief Executive, drawing on other MSAB partners and, where appropriate, the Lead Member will hold the Chair to account for the effective working of the MSAB.

Who needs to be a member of a Local Safeguarding Adults Board like the MSAB?
The MSAB consists of senior representatives from all the main organisations whose staff come into contact with children and young people, their parents and carers.

The Care Act 2014 lists Board partners which must be included in the LSAB.

What is 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.

Membership of the MSAB
Organisations represented on the MSAB are:

  • Greater Manchester Ambulance Service
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Manchester City Council Adult Services
  • Manchester City Council Housing
  • Manchester City Council Lead Member
  • Manchester Health & Care Commissioning
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)
  • National Probation Service
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Voluntary and Community Sector – Macc and Gaddum Centre.




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