Safeguarding Adults

The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) raises awareness and promotes the welfare of vulnerable adults by the development of an effective co-operative.

This group of people come from a wide range of public and voluntary services and other organisations and is committed to ensuring that the work done effectively brings about good outcomes for adults. It is an organisation that draws on expertise and experience from a number of sources.

The aim of ESAB is to promote and develop effective protection system for vulnerable adults across a wide range of agencies and where preventive strategies fail to ensure our professionals are equipped to deal with incidents.

The current mission of the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board is; "To raise awareness, amongst staff, in all agencies dealing with vulnerable adults to the possibility of abuse of them, to promote and develop an effective protection system for them and where preventive strategies fail to ensure our procedures are robust enough to deal with incidents".

Members come from a variety of organisations including:

Commissioners of health and social care services (including NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group), providers of health and social care services, providers of sheltered and supported housing, regulators of services, the police, voluntary and private sector agencies, children services, probation, carer support groups, advocacy and advisory services, and community safety partnerships.

Reporting your concerns

Professionals working with adults - If you have concerns that an adult may have suffered abuse, please see the relative guidance notes  and complete a SET SAF1 Form , or call Social Care Direct on 0345 603 7630. There is also an  Adult Safeguarding Best Practice Booklet  to aid health practitioners in ensuring safeguarding concerns are noted and reported effectively.

Members of the public - If as a relative, neighbour or friend you are concerned about an adult in Essex, you can call Social Care Direct on 0345 603 7630. 

You can call Social Care Direct for anything, from straightforward information and advice about abuse to the disclosure of a specific concern. Should you wish to report mistreatment of an adult in Essex, the team will take your concern seriously and ensure that it is investigated appropriately. 

For further information please visit ESAB.  











Safeguarding policies and toolkits: 

Download the Adult Safeguarding Best Practice Booklet

Download the  Adult Safeguarding Policy May 2016

Download the  Domestic Abuse Joint Commissioning Strategy 2015-20 final

Download the Guide to Developing a Safeguarding Adults Policy

View the Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm Toolkit

Missing Protocol - Vulnerable Adults:

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding Adults Boards have developed multi-agency protocol for care homes, hospitals and mental health establishments across the County.

It aims to bring together information and procedures from relevant partners to provide the best possible service to vulnerable adults at risk of or have gone missing.

The protocol was developed following a number of incidents and recommendations from a Serious Case Review and is based on one already in place for mental health establishments.

The document reflects policies and procedures within SET and Essex Police, current at the time of publishing and will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Download the SET Safeguarding Adults Boards' Multi-Agency Protocol: Adults missing from care homes, hospitals and mental health establishments .

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