January 2020


Meet our Independent Chair


The Independent Chair, Deborah Stuart-Angus BSc(Hons) CQSW Cert.Ed. Dip.App.SS

It gives me great pleasure to have been appointed as your Independent Chair. I am more than looking forward to getting my sleeves rolled up and getting stuck in, so I can become part of the plan that is taking Essex forward, firmly placing us on the national map for safeguarding excellence. As your Chair, my overarching aim, will be to make the most vulnerable people of Essex safer.

I hope you are confident, that I bring a range of relevant experience that will lead and support our Board and our partners, to deliver our shared safeguarding responsibilities with innovation, enthusiasm and belief. I will build on the clear strengths that Essex already has. I will work with, and beside our partners to assure honest, meaningful and accountable deliverables. We will set out our stall to develop and model good practice, lawful compliance, and a robust multi-agency safeguarding adult’s strategy. We will listen to people who use our services and their lived experience. We will deploy innovative learning gained from Safeguarding Adult Reviews and we will strengthen our partnership. At at our up and coming Board Development Day, our partners will focus their joint, creative lens to review and revise our current position, aiming to impact on prevention, transitions and mental health.

This is an exciting and meaningful journey. I know you will be joining me. Your skills and commitment are all vital in making this work and I thank you all, for your decision, every day to safeguard others.

Visit the Independent Chair page on the ESAB website.

Staff Survey


The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding Boards are requesting that all staff please take a 10 minute survey to allow us to establish the strengths and the gaps within adult safeguarding, to then enable us to know how we can help you to feel more confident and knowledgeable when dealing with adult safeguarding issues going forward.

This survey will be open to all staff at all levels, including receptionists, volunteers, contracted staff, social workers, mental health workers, stakeholders, trainees, as well as any other in direct employee of the organisation.

 The staff survey will allow the boards to comply with the Care Act (2014) by helping us have a clear, agreed understanding of the roles, responsibilities and accountability of its member agencies.

Click here to complete survey

Website Updates

The ESAB website is currently being updated so some pages may appear blank or disrupted during this time. If you have trouble looking for particular information, documents or resources, please do contact us and we can send anything you need directly to you.

website updates

Guidances, Policies & Protocols Updates


We have a new Guidance, Policy & Protocols page over on the ESAB website with updated guidance that you and your colleagues may find useful.

  • SET PREVENT Policy
  • SET Missing People Protocol
  • SET Exploitation Strategy

New Resources


We have updated our ESAB Promotional Materials page on the ESAB website. As well as our Reporting Concerns Posters, you can now find

  • 1 Minute Guide to ESAB .
  • "What happens when a concern is raised about me? " Flowchart and FAQ.

National Safeguarding Adults Week #NSAW19


Just before the new year ESAB encouraged Essex residents to improve their understanding of some of the big adult safeguarding issues that agencies tackle in Essex by leading on a county wide campaign for National Safeguarding Adults Week.

Our NSAW campaign was a great success, seeing a social media reach of over 41k and support from a variety of organisations and partners including other SAB’s, Lewisham, Norfolk and Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board's.

Over the seven days, seven different safeguarding issues were explored with seven one minute vlogs, based on true stories of real people from Southend, Essex and Thurrock. The films showed the crisis point of the individual’s stories, and focused on particular issues including neglect, gangs and modern day slavery, online abuse, homelessness, financial abuse, informal carers and domestic abuse. ESAB promoted and highlighted information on where people can access help and support for themselves, family members and friends who may be experiencing abuse.

Take a look back at the campaign and watch the vlogs over on our NSAW 2019 Campaign page.



Training Updates


ESAB will be launching a brand new training brochure for 2020-2021 as well as new e-Learning this Spring.

A Training Update will be sent out to notify you of the new upcoming training opportunities.

Vlog Facilitator Guide

A facilitators guide has been put together to support trainers who are delivering Safeguarding Adults training using the Safeguarding Adults Vlogs featured in ESAB'S 2019 campaign.

It is designed to encourage engagement from learners through discussion of key points.

The videos and facilitators guide can be found on the Resources page of the ESAB website. 



National Resources


New Government Reports 


LPA Applications

old have issued a Hints & Tips page for people to use when tackling Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) applications. It has been claimed by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) that out of the staggering 67,000 forms sent every year, 15% have mistakes in them.

The 8 most common mistakes are: 

  1. Missing and mixing pages  
  2. Signing the application in the wrong order 
  3. Family members as certificate providers 
  4. Using initials instead of full names and not signing in the appropriate boxes 
  5. Pencil, Tippex and photocopies 
  6. Bound applications 
  7. Being unclear in the life sustaining treatment section 
  8. Contradictions in instructions and appointment types  


To access the full help page visit the website.

New digital portal to strengthen safeguarding guidance for charities


The Government has launched a new online portal last week to strengthen support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations. Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with the charity through its work.

The portal offers a step by step guide to help charities in England correctly manage their concerns and handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity. It also helps identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.

To access the portal, please visit the website