Resources for Safeguarding Adults Boards

The following publications will be of particular interest to independent chairs and other members of Safeguarding Adults Boards.


Independent Chairs Network-Promoting Transparency and Openness on Personal Interest and Conflicts of Interest. Advice note for Safeguarding Adults Partnerships

The aim of this advice note is to:

  • Recognise that Independent Chairs, Employed Chairs and Board Members bring experience that adds value and expertise which should not be inhibited.
  • Enable any potential conflicts to be identified and managed in open, transparent and proportionate way without getting in the way of the effective operation of Safeguarding Adults Partnership Boards.
  • Promote transparency around Chair and Board Member personal or professional interests, memberships, current and previous organisational roles and relationships.
  • Ensure that all decisions made by Partnership Boards and discussion of issues before them are and can be seen to be free from any personal or vested interests and any risk of actual or perceived bias resolved.

Independent chairs network - promoting transparency and openness, personal interest and potential conflicts of interest

The governance of adult safeguarding: findings from research into Safeguarding Adults Boards (SCIE Report 45)

The report looks at how the boards have been structured, their membership and their strategic goals, vision and purpose.
SCIE Report 45: The governance of adult safeguarding: findings from research into safeguarding adults boards

The governance of adult safeguarding: findings from research - Presentation, February 2013

A presentation by Suzy Braye, University of Sussex and Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Buckinghamshire on research to identify good practice in the governance of adult safeguarding. 

Safeguarding adults: learning from peer challenges

This LGA report sets out the key themes and issues arising from peer challenges in the field of safeguarding adults.

Peer challenges

Following up Francis: what should Safeguarding Adults Boards do?

This document outlines the leadership role for Safeguarding Adults Boards following the publication of the Francis report.  It should be read in conjunction with

A framework to support improving effectiveness of safeguarding adults' boards

This proposes a framework to support Boards as well as individual partners in improving their effectiveness.

Model Job Description and Person Specification for Independent Chair of Safeguarding Adults Board

An outline of a model Job Description for an Independent Chair outlining Main purpose and key responsibilities of the role. Also a Person Specification outlining knowledge, experience and skills.