The Panel welcomed Alan Coe, Independent Chair
of the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board to the meeting.
Mr Coe presented a
report providing the Panel with a copy of the Wolverhampton
Safeguarding Adult Board’s (SAB) Annual Report to inform the
Panel of safeguarding activity 2015/2016 and to present the Panel
with progress made against the priorities for 2014-15. Since April
2015 all Safeguarding Adults’ Boards were statutorily
required to produce an annual report.
Mr Coe presented
the report and highlighted the importance of partnership working
with organisations such as the police and local authorities and the
importance of members of these organisations getting directly
involved in reporting and highlighting concerns through mechanisms
such as the MASH which had seen far more enquiries this year than
Mr Coe highlighted
the importance of prevention and praised the excellent work carried
out by Trading Standards, especially in relation to vulnerable
A concern was
raised by a member in relation to religion and belief and an
example provided where a transgender woman had been denied access
to children on religious grounds, the member also stated that she
was aware of issues relating to people being bullied in their own
homes on religious grounds due to being transgender or bisexual.
Concern was also voiced in relation to the resources available to
manage the increase in safeguarding concerns being reported.
Mr Coe stated that
yes there were many implications for members of the LGBT community in terms of safeguarding but that
statistics were only available if social care services had been
required. Mr Coe stated that regarding resources it was often the
case that staff had to go at the speed of the people concerned and
that this could take a long time but that there had been a big rise
in awareness and that matters were being managed well by
The Panel agreed
that the MASH did a fantastic job and that the improvements were
clearly visible. Mr Coe agreed and stated that it was vital to
continue to raise awareness levels so that people knew how to
respond to concerns from the
professionals all the way down.
The Panel expressed
their thanks for the work carried out by the Safeguarding
the comments of the Panel be noted;
(2) That the Panel
support the delivery of the key challenges for 2016-17.