The Care and Support Statutory Guidance describes the aims of adult safeguarding, these aims are:

  • Stop abuse or neglect wherever possible;
  • Prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs;
  • Safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about how they want to live;
  • Promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adults concerned;
  • Raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect;
  • Provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do to raise a concern about the safety or well-being of an adult; and
  • Address what has caused the abuse or neglect.

The Safeguarding Adults Board is required to contribute to these aims by working towards its objectives in line with the Care Act 2014, that is, to help and protect adults with care and support needs in its area from abuse or neglect, who cannot protect themselves due to those needs, by coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of what each of its members does. The SAB may do anything which appears to it to be necessary or desirable for the purpose of achieving its objective. This includes making appropriate links with other areas of work such as the National Prevent Strategy, and Child Sexual Exploitation.