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Safeguarding Adults Board

Coronavirus Act 2020 & Care Act Easements

Overview for Adult Social Care

The 2020 Coronavirus Act allows the Government to switch on the new powers when they are needed: These powers were ‘switched on’ on 31st March 2020.

They include temporarily releasing local authorities from some Care Act 2014 duties. The key areas where duties no longer apply relate to:

  1. Assessments
  2. Meeting needs
  3. Care and support planning
  4. Transition to adulthood

Find out more about the Coronavirus Act 2020 & Care Act Easements.

Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 states that local authorities must set up a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB). Whilst Tower Hamlets has had a SAB since 2009 the Care Act gives clear directions about which organisations should be represented on the SAB and what the SAB should do.

The main objective of a SAB is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements act to safeguard vulnerable adults in Tower Hamlets.

Our vision is to ensure that:

Tower Hamlets is a place where adults at risk of harm are able to live an independent life free from harm where:

  • abuse is not tolerated
  • everyone works together to prevent abuse
  • services respond effectively when abuse is suspected or happens. 

Under the Care Act, our SAB has three core duties:

  1. It must publish a strategic plan for each financial year that sets out how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this.
  2. It must publish an annual report detailing what the SAB has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its strategic plan, and what each member has done to implement the strategy as well as detailing the findings of any Safeguarding Adults Reviews and subsequent action.
  3. It must conduct any Safeguarding Adults Review in accordance with Section 44 of the Act. A SAR is a in-depth review carried out where someone dies or is seriously injured as a result of neglect and abuse)

The SAB has an independent chair and there must also be three core members who should be decision makers for their service:

  • The Local Authority (LA)
  • The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
  • The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Board members

The board is made up of a number of organisations including people from the following:

  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • NHS
    Bart’s Health NHS Trust
    East London NHS Foundation Trust
    Tower Hamlets CCG\
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Probation Service
  • London Fire Service
  • London Ambulance Service
  • Care providers / Service users
    Excelcare Holdings
    Toynbee Hall
    Age UK
    Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services
    Toynbee Hall
    Healthwatch Tower Hamlets
  • Housing
  • Care Quality Commission

The SAB meets 5-6 times a year. There are sub-groups that work on the priorities​ set by the board which report then back the SAB. These priorities are recorded in the SAB’s Annual Business Plan.

SAB strategy and annual reports



For further information on the SAB please contact the SAB Manager at lbthsab@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

If you have any concerns about the board or want to write to its independent chair, please contact us, marking your communication ‘Confidential to the Independent Chair’.

Safeguarding Adults Board Manager
Tower Hamlets Council
Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG