The SSAB is required to develop and publish a strategic plan which sets out its objectives and how members will contribute.  Our current Strategy and Action Plan is available below:

The SSAB launched its quarterly newsletter in January 2016. It was created as a means of sharing news and learning on behalf of the Board, and aims to raise awareness for anyone who has an interest in safeguarding or wishes to develop their knowledge and understanding of this issue.

The Board is required to commission Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) for any cases meeting the criteria for these.  The Care Act 2014 introduced SARs, which were previously known as Serious Case Reviews.  Listed below are reviews commissioned and published by the Safeguarding Adults Board.  It is not currently a statutory requirement to publish reports; however it is recognised good practice to demonstrate the level of transparency and accountability needed to enable lessons to be learned as widely and thoroughly as possible.  This should ensure professionals are able to understand what happened and, crucially, what needs to change in order to reduce the risk of similar tragic events happening in the future.

Safeguarding Adults Review – Damien (2016) 

Damien had diagnoses of Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD.  He had a mild learning disability and misused a variety of substances, causing him to come into frequent contact with the police and mental health services.  His vulnerability was exploited by others who stole from him and misused his home for their own purposes.  Meeting the dual requirements of protecting both the public and Damien from harm, at the same time as treating him as capacitous and allowing him to live his own life with only the necessary oversight and control, tested services in Somerset.  In the last fifteen months of his life he was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act on three occasions.  He was also made subject to MAPPA arrangements.  Damien died in hospital in July 2015 following an incident of self-strangulation in the residential unit that had been his home for two weeks following discharge.  A Practice Briefing Sheet has been produced by the SSAB with support from Damien’s family, outlining the key considerations for practice that arise from the review.

Serious Case Review – Tom (June 2016) 

A Serious Case Review was commissioned by the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) following the death of ‘Tom’ who took his own life in 2014, aged 43. Tom had sustained a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident in his early twenties, which left him with physical, cognitive and psychological issues. In addition, Tom had a dependency on drugs and alcohol. The independent report published by the board today concludes that despite numerous contacts with many health and care professionals and the concerns of family members he was not provided with appropriate support.

A Practice Briefing Sheet was produced by the SSAB together with the author of the review in June 2016, outlining the key themes and findings to emerge from the review.  

Serious Case Review – Ms C (February 2016)

In February 2016, the Board received the Serious Case Review of young woman with learning disabilities thought to have been the victim of domestic violence and sexual exploitation.  A Practitioner Briefing Sheet has been produced by the SSAB’s Learning & Improvement Subgroup, outlining the key themes and findings to emerge from the review.

Somerset Learning Review into the deaths of vulnerable young adults (June 2014)

In 2013 the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board and Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board commissioned research to explore the circumstances surrounding the lives of 13 young people who all had been, at some point in their lives, in care in Somerset but sadly died prematurely.  The research aimed to learn more about how services can best support care leavers in their transition to independent adulthood in order to better shape the future organisation and delivery of services to this vulnerable group.  Monitoring and improving transitions between and across services remain a priority for the SSAB.

Serious Case Review concerning Parkfields Care Home (May 2011)

This is the report of a Serious Case Review of the events at Parkfields Care Home that resulted in the conviction in April 2010 of the home’s registered manager for misappropriation of drugs, manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. Staff members had raised concerns in January 2007 that led to an extensive police investigation, which covered the care of ten older people then resident or formerly resident at the home, and Mrs Baker’s own medical care. The purpose of the Serious Case Review was to find out whether there were lessons to be learned about the way that professionals and agencies work together to safeguard adults in the period up to January 2007.