Board membership and structure

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Structure of the Board

  • Oldham Safeguarding Adults Board

    The Oldham Safeguarding Adults Board is strategic in its focus and retains overall responsibility for the core functions and additional activities undertaken in its name. The Board meets bimonthly and extraordinary meetings are convened when necessary. The Board undertakes its strategic work through a number of specialist multi-agency Sub Groups. Members of the Sub Groups are drawn from agencies and organisations that can influence policy and practice in Oldham.

  • Safeguarding Adult Review Sub Group

    The Safeguarding Adult Review Sub Group oversees the Board’s work in relation to Safeguarding Reviews. The Sub Group is responsible for discussing and considering all serious incidents in Oldham referred to the OSAB, to determine what process is going to be undertaken and if a threshold has been met for undertaking a Safeguarding Adult Review, Multi-Agency Learning Review or Individual Agency Review. 

    There is a legal duty to undertake reviews of cases where an adult at risk has died or suffered serious harm, the criteria for such reviews is set out in the Care Act 2014. The aim of the Sub Group is to give assurance to the Board that partner agencies learn lessons from cases where serious incidents have occurred or cases where it is felt that practice needs to improve within Oldham.

  • Operational, Policy and Procedure Sub Group

    The Operational, Policy and Procedure Sub Group has two purposes. Firstly, the group is responsible for developing, reviewing, and quality assuring multi-agency policies and procedures which seek to discharge the statutory responsibilities of the OSAB ensuring policies and procedures remain current and reflect any changes in legislation. Secondly, the group is responsible for reviewing operational practice and directing change in order to improve the outcomes for adults at risk in Oldham. This involves sharing information and organisational developments, sharing agency challenges and addressing these as a multi-agency partnership.

  • Making Safeguarding Personal and Prevention Sub Group

    The Making Safeguarding Personal and Prevention Sub Group aims to raise the profile of Making Safeguarding Personal and to identify and showcase what an effective preventative safeguarding offer for Oldham should look like. The aim of the group is to ensure Oldham’s safeguarding offer is co-designed through a robust user-led engagement framework and ensure that learning is embedded within safeguarding preventative practices at an operational level.

  • Performance Sub Group

    The Performance Sub Group receive and assess impact on a range of performance activities including multi-agency data. The Sub Group are responsible for providing the Board with a quarterly high-level dashboard containing multi-agency data and narrative regarding performance and achievements against targets, as well as any ‘special interest’ or ‘exception reports’ as required by the Board or deemed worthy of escalation by the Sub Group. These reports enable strategic decision making to take place.

  • Quality Assurance and Audit Sub Group

    The Quality Assurance and Audit Sub Group provides the Board with crucial information which assists in setting strategic priorities, provide an opportunity for professional challenge and identify opportunities for multi-agency and single-agency audit. The Sub Group monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of what is done by partner agencies individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults and advise them on ways to improve.

  • Workforce Development and Mental Capacity Act Compliance Sub Group

    The Workforce Development and Mental Capacity Act Compliance Sub Group is responsible for auditing and supporting multi-agency workforce development, providing appropriate safeguarding training resources and seeking assurance that multi-agency adult safeguarding policy and procedures and are embedded in operational management and practice. The Sub Group also has responsibility to ensure that changes set out in the Mental Capacity Amendment Act 2019 are clearly understood and implemented by agencies across Oldham and are consistently applied by practitioners in different services and settings.

  • Complex and Contextual Safeguarding Sub Group

    The Complex and Contextual Safeguarding Sub Group has strategic oversight of what is done by Oldham Safeguarding partners, individually and collectively, to safeguard and protect individuals at risk from all forms of exploitation. The Sub Group provides challenge and support within the context of the operational delivery of the Sexual Exploitation, Criminal Exploitation, Modern Slavery and Organised Crime workstreams. This Sub Group provides assurances to both the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Oldham Safeguarding Children Partnership.

  • Transitions Sub Group

    The Transitions Sub Group evaluates the current performance of transition initiatives and asks specific groups to offer assurance that transitions are appropriately in place. This Sub Group provides assurances to both the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Oldham Safeguarding Children Partnership and ensures an overview of the work that is being undertaken regarding transitions in Oldham in relation to the following workstreams: 

    • Children's Social Care to Adult Social Care
    • Youth Justice to Adult Justice
    • Young People's Mental Health to Adult Mental Health
    • Young People's Substance Misuse to Adult Substance Misuse
    • Primary to Secondary to Further Education.
  • Public Relations and Communications Sub Group

    The Public Relations and Communications Sub Group is a joint Sub Group with the Oldham Safeguarding Children Partnership. The Sub Group develops and oversees the Communications Strategy regarding the work of the safeguarding partnerships. This includes supporting the communication platforms used by the partnerships to communicate with key stakeholders including social media and websites and to manage media related queries.

  • OSAB Business Unit

    The Board and its Sub Groups are supported by the OSAB Business Unit, which helps the board to fulfil its role.

Contact us

If you are concerned about an Adult suffering abuse, neglect or harm, or at risk of being please find appropriate information here

For general enquiries, please contact the Business Unit: 

Alternatively contact Dr Henri Giller, Independent Chair: 

or Julie Farley, Business Manager:

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Board membership and structure


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