It is the responsibility of all organisations to ensure they have a skilled and competent workforce who are able to take on the roles and responsibilities required to protect adults at risk and ensure an appropriate response when adult abuse or neglect does occur.

At this current time, the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board does not provide single or multi-agency safeguarding training.

Social Care Institute for Excellence: e-learning 

Other resources

Learning from serious cases

We have moved all our learning from serious cases so it is all in one place in our publications section

To support local agencies, the SSAB has adopted an Organisational Adult Safeguarding Self Audit Tool to help it evaluate the effectiveness of internal safeguarding arrangements, and to identify and prioritise any areas in need of further development.

It is designed to support local organisations in their continuous improvement of adult safeguarding work.

It is not intended to publish the results of individual organisations or to use the information provided to compare organisations. Instead, areas of generic learning will be identified to inform the SSAB’s strategic development of safeguarding.  The tool is an important component of the SSAB’s Quality Assurance Framework.

SSAB partner organisations are required to complete the self-audit on an annual basis (every year, between April and June), and submit to the Quality Assurance subgroup for monitoring and assurance purposes.

Other agencies / bodies are also actively encouraged to complete the tool as part of benchmarking their current safeguarding arrangements.

Next Steps

  1. Download and complete the self-audit tool below
  2. Ensure you submit the completed audit to ssab@somerset.gov.uk by no later than 30 June to enable the Quality Assurance subgroup to analyse and report on returns
  3. Consider the strengths and areas for development highlighted through the self-audit process, and take action to address identified issues