Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board
The Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB) is a statutory service which exists to make sure that all member agencies are working together to help keep Kent and Medway's adults safe from harm and protect their rights.
It is chaired by an Independent Chair (Deborah Stuart Angus) and meets 3 times a year. The Board is supported by a KMSAB Business Group (PDF, 162.6 KB), which also meets 3 times a year. The Business Group is chaired by the Assistant Director of Adult Social Care, Medway Council.
The Board's work is carried out by the following working groups:
- Quality Assurance Working Group (PDF, 153.6 KB) (QAWG)
- Learning and Development Working Group (PDF, 155.8 KB) (L&DWG)
- Practice, Policy and Procedures Working Group (PDF, 162.4 KB) (PPGWG)
- Risk Threats and Vulnerabilities Working Group (RTVWG)
- Safeguarding Adults Review Working Group (PDF, 155.8 KB) (SARWG)
In addition to this Medway Safeguarding Adults Executive Group (MSAEG) brings together senior representatives from the key agencies responsible for the effective delivery of Adult Safeguarding in Medway. The MSAEG works collaboratively to deliver the strategic priorities of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board, strengthening delivery, oversight and governance.
The Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board must:
- Publish a Strategic Plan (PDF, 330.2 KB) for each financial year that sets out how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this. The plan must be developed with local community involvement, and the board must consult the local Healthwatch organisation. The plan should be evidence based and make use of all available evidence and intelligence from partners to form and develop its plan. Read the board's annual plan for 2017-2018 (PDF, 313.7 KB).
- Publish an Annual Report (PDF, 2.8 MB) detailing what the board 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.
- Conduct any Safeguarding Adults Review in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act.
As well as the core duties, the board has other set responsibilities, principles and values (PDF, 30.9 KB).
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Types of abuse
There are different kinds of abuse and it can happen anywhere.
Abuse occurs when someone exploits another person or treats them in a way that harms or hurts them. It can happen once or on multiple occasions.
People who abuse are not always strangers. They can be partners, relatives, a friend, neighbour or carer. To find out about the various types of abuse and read safeguarding resources, visit the Social Care Institute of Excellence website.
Find out how to report, recognise and protect yourself and others from abuse and neglect:
If you think someone is in immediate risk or danger call 999 for the emergency service.