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Safeguarding Adults Board

Our purpose

The main purpose of the Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Adults Board is to promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of harm for people with care and support needs. We do this by;

  • Seeking assurance that our partners listen to the voice of the person at risk
  • Seeking assurance that Tower Hamlets' safeguarding arrangements are in place as defined by the Care Act 2014 and supporting statutory guidance
  • Seeking assurance that the safeguarding practice carried out by organisations in Tower Hamlets is person-centred and outcome-focused
  • Working collaboratively in order to prevent abuse and neglect where possible
  • Seeking to ensure that agencies and individuals give timely and balanced responses when abuse or neglect is identified
  • Ensuring safeguarding practice in Tower Hamlets is continuously improving and that we're enhancing the quality of life of adults within our local communities.

What we do

We work at a strategic level to monitor the effectiveness of the safeguarding work carried out by all of our partner members and partner agencies. 

How we do it

We provide a forum for: 

  • development and agreement of strategic objectives
  • policy development
  • guidance for agencies and service commissioners
  • deciding how the board takes forward its role in partnership with other boards and partner agencies

We also publish a three year strategic plan and review it each year in consultation with others.

We meet five or six times a year. Inbetween these meetings, several sub-groups work on the priorities we've set ourselves. These priorities are recorded in the Annual Business Plan. We also publish an Annual Report to show how we performed in the previous year.

Board Members

The Board has an independent chair and at least one core member from each of the following three organisations (each of whom should be a decision maker for their service):

  • The London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • The Metropolitan Police Service
  • The Clinical Commissioning Group

The full Board is made up of representatives from the following organisations:

  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • The 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
  • Mencap
  • Age UK
  • Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services
  • PohWER
  • Real
  • Healthwatch Tower Hamlets
  • Housing
  • Care Quality Commission

Strategy and Annual Reports



For further information about the Board please contact the SAB Coordinator on 020 7364 2009.

If you have any concerns about the Board or want to write to its independent chair, please mark your letter ‘Confidential to the Independent Chair’ and send it to:

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