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Adult safeguarding boards in North West England: the power of positive linking

Margaret Flynn (Independent Chair of Lancashire County Council's Adult Safeguarding Board, Preston, UK and is also based at CPEA Ltd, Liverpool, UK)
Shirley Williams (Independent Chair of Blackburn with Darwen's Adult Safeguarding Board, Blackburn, UK and is also a Director at Social Care Can Do Associates, Stockport, UK)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 15 August 2011




Adult Safeguarding Boards are the means by which local authorities in England and Wales seek to work collaboratively to protect adults at risk of abuse. The last two years have heralded the emergence of the role of Independent Chairs. This paper seeks to outline the experience of Adult Safeguarding Boards from around North West England.


A general review of the seven Independent Chairs and 15 employed chairs (typically Directors of Adult Social Services) in North West England endorsed the importance of having a virtual network to work on a shared portfolio of interests.


The review highlighted concerns regarding the independence of Independent Chairs, the challenges to partnership working created by the turnover of managers, the governance of Adult safeguarding Boards, and their performance and practice.


The paper confirms that diversity is the dominant characteristic of Adult Safeguarding Boards in North West England.



Flynn, M. and Williams, S. (2011), "Adult safeguarding boards in North West England: the power of positive linking", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 203-212.



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