The Safeguarding of adults is everybody’s responsibility across North Lincolnshire and the site is for the use of everyone, members of the public, volunteers, providers, professionals or community groups. The information and guidance is simple and the site easy to use to find out how to report abuse or neglect.
The definition of an adult at risk is from the Care Act 2014 which became law on the 1st April 2015. Any person aged 18 years or over who:
- has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
- is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
- as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
The main objectives of the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults at risk within North Lincolnshire.
The Board aims to promote awareness and understanding of abuse and neglect amongst service users, carers, professionals, care providers and the wider community and works to generate community interest and engagement to ensure that ‘safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’
The three core duties of the Board are to:
- Publish a Strategic Plan for each financial year that sets how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this
- Publish an Annual Report detailing what the Board has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its Strategic Plan, and what each member has done to implement the strategy
- Conduct any Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act.
North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board has an Independent Chair, Kathy Clark, who is able to constructively challenge and hold to account the partner agencies of the Board, and can also act as a spokesperson. This arrangement provides reassurance that the Board has some independence from the statutory and other partners.
Independent Chair – Kathy Clark
Kathy has extensive experience working with vulnerable adults, she started working within local government over 40 years ago, as a clerical assistant in South East London. She then trained as a social worker in the 1980’s and worked in three London Boroughs, firstly as a social worker, then progressing to a team leader before being promoted to principal officer.
In 1995 Kathy moved with her young family to York where she raised her two sons whilst working as the Panel manager for the North Yorkshire and York Guardian and Litem Panel, she ensured that independent social work advice was available to family courts, she then went on to join the City of York to lead and manage the adult social care, housing commissioning and policy teams.
Kathy remained a registered social worker until retirement in September 2018.
Prior to retiring she was the Assistant Director for Commissioning and Quality for Health and Adult Services in North Yorkshire County Council, and previously she worked as the Assistant Director of Assessment and Safeguarding Adults in the City of York for four years.
Kathy has brought a wealth of experience to her role with the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board. She also works as a volunteer advocate with a small charity offering general advocacy to older people. In addition Kathy is a school governor, and the Secretary to the national network of Associates of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
Outside of work and her volunteering roles Kathy swims, runs regularly and practices yoga. She enjoys reading and walking, and during the Covid-19 lockdown she has started knitting again – but only simple patterns!