BSAB structure, membership and role
The BSAB is chaired by the Service Director for Health and Well Being on behalf of the Strategic Director of Adults and Communities, Birmingham City Council.
It is comprised of members from key statutory agencies who work with adults at risk of abuse in Birmingham and who have sufficient seniority to represent their organisation with authority, make multi agency agreements and take issues back for action. The Board is tasked with developing the partnership so as to ensure effective local arrangements are in place for the safeguarding of adults at risk of harm consistent with statutory guidance and accepted best practice.
Within Birmingham seventeen statutory and key partner agencies have committed to the Board via a Memorandum of Understanding (hyper link to PDF not ready yet) which provides the framework and terms of reference for identifying roles, responsibilities, authority and accountability.
The Board meets regularly throughout the year and ensures that the multi-agency policy and procedures are used effectively by partners and stakeholders and monitored as well as reviewed for appropriate and proportional outcomes for citizens.
The BSAB has four sub groups which support it to discharge its remit in relation to:
- The Operations Sub Group (including service delivery and quality assurance, policies and procedures)
- The Training & Communications Sub Group
- The Serious Case Review (SCR) Sub Group
- Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards sub group
Each sub group has multi-agency membership, named chairs arrangements, terms of reference and objectives from the work plan that contributes to its business.
The purpose and aims of the groups are as follows:
Serious Case Review Sub-Group
The purpose of the group is to positively engage serious case review functions on behalf of the Birmingham Safeguarding Adult Board (BSAB) within the framework of the Serious Case Review (SCR) procedure.
Training and Communications Sub-Group
The purpose of the group is to raise awareness of the Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board, including how to report suspected adult abuse to target audiences in Birmingham and encourage the reporting of suspected abuse, to support other BSAB sub-groups to deliver and manage key communications about protecting people from harm, to improve the skills and knowledge of professionals who have responsibilities relating to safeguarding adults, to influence and guide practice, to set standards and require individual organisations to ensure that staff are trained to agreed core competencies / standards, to ensure partnership working around communications and training planning and delivery by all BSAB partners.
Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA/DoLs) Sub-group
The purpose of the group is to oversee the governance arrangements of Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard legislation across Birmingham; quality assuring Local Authority implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, on behalf of Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board.
The purpose of the group is for lead safeguarding practitioners from key agencies to come together to quality assure and improve safeguarding adult at risk practice and to improve outcomes for service users.
The following Agencies are members to the Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board:
Citizen Led Quality Board for Assessment & Support Planning Representatives
Citizen Led Quality Board for Commissioning Representatives
Directorate for People – Birmingham City Council
Place Directorate – Birmingham City Council
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)