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.
The current priority for agencies in Kent and Medway during this challenging time is to continue to provide their essential services for residents and to protect their health and wellbeing. Please visit one of the links below for the latest advice and guidance in relation to Covid-19 for both the public and professionals:
For the public:
- Support for victims of domestic abuse
- Social Isolation is not an excuse for domestic abuse – Kent Police poster
- Information about Coronavirus - An Easy Read Guide by Mencap
- Protect and Prevent People of becoming victims of scams
- Easy Read Guidance on Social Distancing and for vulnerable people (also available in other languages)
- Guidance on mental health and wellbeing
- Helpline support for the armed forces community during COVID 19 pandemic
In addition, the Charity Books Beyond Words provide a number of downloadable books to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. They have launched a range of free resources to support people through the coronavirus pandemic and to empower those who are unable to read, through the use of pictures. These documents can be downloaded via a checkout process however they are free of charge. To view the coronavirus documents created by Books Beyond Words, please see below:
- Beating the Virus
- Good days and bad days during lockdown
- A guide for family and carers when someone dies from coronavirus.
The government has published Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for local government. On this page you will find 5 separate guidance documents in relation to social care. Further resources can be found below:
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, 188.4 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, 164.2 KB) (QAWG)
- Learning and Development Working Group (PDF, 152.9 KB) (L&DWG)
- Practice, Policy and Procedures Working Group (PDF, 162.5 KB) (PPGWG)
- Risk Threats and Vulnerabilities Working Group (RTVWG)
- Safeguarding Adults Review Working Group (PDF, 196.0 KB) (SARWG)
- Communications and Engagement Working Group (PDF, 169.4 KB) (CEWG)
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.
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The Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB) 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.
- Publish an annual report (PDF, 1.4 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).
Terms of reference
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.