About the Safeguarding Adults Board

The Safeguarding Adults Board is Richmond's strategic lead body for safeguarding adults with care and support needs who may be suffering, or are at risk of, abuse or neglect.

We are currently making the transition to form a joint Richmond and Wandsworth Safeguarding Adults Board.


Statutory function

The Care Act 2014 places statutory functions on the Board.

It must publish a strategic plan, write an annual report and conduct a safeguarding adult review if an adult with care and support needs dies and abuse or neglect is suspected.

Transition to a joint Richmond and Wandsworth SAB

In June 2018 the SAB agreed the following, joined future structure.

It is chaired by an independent Chair and reports to the SAB Executive comprising strategic partners of Council, Health and Police. SAB membership includes key statutory and non-statutory agencies within the two boroughs, including agencies representing service users and carers.

The SAB has the following subgroups:

  • SAR Subgroup
  • Performance and Workforce Subgroup
  • Annual Report Editorial Subgroup
  • Communication and Engagement Subgroup, which is linked to the Richmond Community Forum and Wandsworth Community Forum

Terms of reference

The SAB has endorsed the new terms of reference (pdf, 310 KB) reflecting the new arrangements across Richmond and Wandsworth.

Independent Chair (update June 2018)

The SAB is currently in the latter stages of recruiting a new SAB Chair to provide effective leadership to the newly formed Richmond and Wandsworth SAB. Until a new Chair can be appointed Liz Bruce (Director of Adult Social Services) will continue to chair the SAP with the support of statutory partners from Health, the Police and the SAB Executive.

Vision and Strategic Plan 2018 to 2021

The SAB Vision and Strategic Plan 2018-2021 (pdf, 460 KB) was signed off by the SAB Executive at the end of June 2018 following wide consultation with SAB members, and public consultation during the early part of 2018.

Our vision reflects the shared belief that no one should have to tolerate or be exposed to abuse, neglect or exploitation. Our vision is that the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth are places where all citizens (irrespective of age, race, gender, culture, religion, physical or mental ill health, disability or sexual orientation) live in safety, free from abuse and the fear of abuse and with the rights of citizenship.


The Safeguarding Adults Board consists of senior members of the Council, Metropolitan Police and Richmond NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as its statutory partner organisations. It has an independent chair, Mr Brian Parrott.

The following bodies are Board members:

  • Richmond and Wandsworth Councils – Adult Social Services, Housing, Public Health & Community Safety
  • Richmond & Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Metropolitan Police – Richmond
  • Achieving for Children
  • London Fire Brigade
  • London Ambulance Service
  • London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
  • Strategic Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health
  • NHS England
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • National Probation Service – London
  • Richmond Council for Voluntary Service
  • South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust
  • HealthWatch Richmond
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (West Middlesex Hospital)
  • National Probation Service – London
  • CQC
  • Kingston Hospital
  • South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust
  • Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare
  • Your Health Care
  • Richmond Wellbeing Service

Safeguarding training

We have an e-learning programme for safeguarding awareness and other social care issues. Information is also available on safeguarding training in general. 

For more details, contact:

Contact us

Please do not contact the Board for advice on a safeguarding concern or to report abuse. In this instance, raise your concern directly with the Adult Access Team.

For other queries, email: sab@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Making a difference: an example of our work

John was at real risk through social isolation, mental and physical ill health and he did not easily accept support. Social care and housing staff gained John's trust over time and supported him to achieve better health and a safer environment.

The VAMM panel offered the multi-agency forum to support professionals to achieve the best outcomes for him.  

Updated: 6 July 2018