About the Board


The Board

Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (DSAPB) is a statutory body which is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives of all the principal organisations working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults with care and support needs in Darlington.

The people of Darlington have a right to live a life free from harm where all organisations and communities have a culture which:

  • does not tolerate abuse
  • work together to prevent abuse
  • know what to do when abuse happens.

All practitioners involved in Adult Safeguarding adopt a ‘person centred approach’ which means that the service user is at the centre of everything that happens to them. The service user, their families and carers and Advocates work together with practitioners to find the right solutions to keep people safe and support them in making informed choices.

It is the role of DSAPB is to ensure that organisations working with people who have care and support needs are able to prevent abuse happening, act swiftly when it does and are competent in achieving good outcomes for people.

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Our Independent Chair

Is Ann Baxter

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Membership of the Board


Agency Job Title
Darlington Borough Council [External Link]

Director of Children and Adult Services

Assistant Director of Adult Social Care

Assistant Director Commissioning, Performance and Transformation

Assistant Director Housing and Building Services

Cabinet Member, Adult Social Care

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service [External Link] Group Manager
Healthwatch Darlington [External Link] Development Manager
Durham Constabulary [External Link] Detective Chief Inspector
Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group [External Link]

Director of Nursing and Quality

Designated Nurse Safeguarding Adults

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust [External Link]

Associate Director of Nursing for Patient Experience

Safeguarding Adult Lead 

National Probation Service [External Link] Head of National Probation Service
Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust [External Link] Associate Director of Nursing
Care Quality Commission [External Link] Inspection Manager
Community Rehabilitation Company [External Link] Director of Operations
Lay Members


Advisors to the Board

Agency  Job Title
 Darlington Borough Council  [External Link] 

 Director of Public Health

Principal Lawyer

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Terms of Reference and Governance

There are Terms of Reference [PDF Document] which set out governance and accountability arrangements for the Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board.

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Structure of the Board

The structure of the DSAPB is two tier (diagram) which includes the Board and Subgroups of the Board.

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Strategic Partnerships

The DSAPB works in partnership with other strategic partnerships to ensure strong joint working arrangements across agencies which coordinate the vision, aims and priorities for Darlington and its population. The strategic partnerships are:

  • Darlington Safeguarding Children’s Board: Both DSAPB and DSCB recognise that safeguarding the most vulnerable within the community is a shared responsibility and there must be a ‘whole family’ approach and share a common Business Unit and responsibility for multi-agency training.
  • Community Safety Partnership: brings together five responsible authorities: Darlington Borough Council, the Durham Constabulary, NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group, National Probation Service/Community Rehabilitation Company, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service which have a legal duty to work together to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse, environmental crime and issues around re-offending. In addition to the responsible authorities the CSP also brings together a range of partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors who are all engaged in activities which contribute towards making Darlington a safe place in which to live and work. The responsible authorities must also ensure that the CSP has a Community Safety Plan 2015/2020 [PDF Document]
  • Darlington Partnership have developed the Sustainable Community StrategyOne Darlington: Perfectly Placed [PDF Document] which aims to improve quality of life for all, promote the economic prosperity of the Borough and reduce inequality. The Darlington Partnership provides the strategic lead and also links into the wider devolution agenda as this develops
  • Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB): The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established Health and Wellbeing Boards [external link] as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.
  • Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC): is an elected official charged with securing efficient and effective policing in the area. The Police and Crime Commissioner [external link]
  • Vulnerability Group: is a sub group of the community safety partnership oversees the arrangements for domestic abuse in Darlington.

A Darlington Protocol has been endorsed by the DSAPB which sets out the key roles of each of the Boards and how they link with each other and the means by which they will ensure that leadership and accountability for issues of common interest are clear.  

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Board Member Induction Pack

The Board Member Induction Pack [PDF document] outlines the role and responsibilities of Board members and includes information about safeguarding, the role of the Boards and how this fits in with other strategic and operational groups in Darlington. 

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Annual Report

The Board publishes an Annual Report which sets out the effectiveness of the arrangements in Darlington to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults with care and support needs. 

Annual Report 2015/16

Annual Report 2016/17

Annual Report 2017/18 

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Business Plan

The Board has a three year Business Plan [Word Document] which is reviewed at least annually.

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Key Messages

DSAPB Annual Report 2017/18: Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board has published its Annual Report 2017/18. The Annual Report looks back at safeguarding issues across Darlington throughout 2017/18 and examines the challenges and the risks in the year ahead. To read the report see DSAPB Annual Report 2017/18

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2018: The World Health Organisation [external link] recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year. The day provides an opportunity "for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide". This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health [external link] is young people and mental health in a changing world. For more information www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018 [external link]

HM Government Publication July 2018: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers -HM Government has published updated non-statutory advice which reflects the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. The advice is for all frontline practitioners and senior managers working with children, young people, parents and carers who have to make decisions about sharing information on a case by case basis.The advice may also be helpful to practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children in need. For further information visit HM Government:Information Sharing-Advice for practitioners [external link]. 

Safeguarding Boards Business Manager Vacancy: We are looking to appoint an experienced and dynamic professional to drive forward the work of the both the Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board and Children's Safeguarding Board. The successful candidate will have a key role in ensuring a smooth transition from Local Safeguarding Board arrangements to the new Safeguarding Children Partnership. Your role will be to provide business management and coordination to the Boards and support the Director of Children and Adult Services, Independent Chairs, Agency representatives and Lay Members of the respective Boards and sub-groups. The Business Manager has line management responsibility for the Safeguarding Boards' Development Officers and Multi-Agency Training Officer. For more information please view Darlington Borough Council Current Vacancies [External link]

New Advocacy Service: There is a newly appointed advocacy worker for Durham and Darlington whose role is to provide advocacy to any adults (age 16 years and over) who have mental health issues and have been victims of crime and are accessing the criminal justice system. The aim of the service is to provide help and support to individuals and assist them to overcome the impact of the crime and to ensure they understand their rights and the processes involved. Click on the link to see what the service offers, the referral criteria and to access a referral form: Advocacy Centre North 

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDer) programme: LeDer is a national programme for reviewing the deaths of all people with learning disabilities and will be operational across the whole of England by the end of 2017. The programme currently has two priority themes:

  • People aged between 18-24 years at the time of death
  • People from a Black or Minority Ethnic group.

The School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol has invited practitioners to nominate the next future priority theme for reviews by the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review programme.  You can find out about Priority Themed Reviews on the University of Bristol School for Policy Studies website [external link]. For further information and to access the nomination form and submission details please the LeDer flyer [link]. The closing date for submissions is 6th October 2017. 

Safeguarding Week 2017 - 'Safeguarding is everybody's business' Safeguarding week aims to raise awareness of different forms of abuse across both children and adults and how everyone has a role to play in spotting signs of abuse. The week runs from 9th to 13th October 2017.  Details of what is happening during this week within the different organisations across Darlington is available by clicking on the link below:

Safeguarding Week 2017 events

You can obtain further information on what is happening within each organisation by viewing their social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

If you are concerned that someone you know may be subject to abuse you should report it. Information on how to do this is available on the links below:

To report a concern about a child

To report a concern about an adult 

Living in Fear - the Police and Crime Prosecution Service response to harassment and stalking Following a joint inspection of Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution service on the approach to tackling crimes of harassment and stalking a report outlines a number of recommendations from the Home Office, the Police and the CPS. The report is available on the link below.

HMIC and HMCPSI Inspection Report into harassment and stalking Safeguarding Boards Lay Member Recruitment 2018 Safeguarding is everyone’s business and Darlington Safeguarding Adult Board (DSAPB) and Darlington Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) are seeking to recruit Lay Members to the Boards. The role of the Lay Member is to raise awareness within the community of abuse and neglect and what action should be taken when abuse is suspected. The Lay Member will also promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and will raise awareness of the work of the Safeguarding Boards.  We are seeking individuals who reside in Darlington, have an active role within the community and an interest in safeguarding children and/or adults and who would like to help shape safeguarding policy and practice. The role is voluntary but expenses such as travel will be reimbursed if required. For more information about the role of Lay member, details of who is eligible and how to apply go www.darlingtonsafeguardingboards.co.uk/lay-member-recruitment-2018. The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd March 2018. 

Safeguarding Adults leaflet In April 2018 Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board produced a Safeguarding Adults leaflet to explain what is abuse and neglect, how to refer concerns and what action will be taken. The leaflet explains that the views and wishes of the adult at the centre of the enquiry will always be sought and that no decisions will be made without the involvement of the person, their advocate or representative.

Mental Health Awareness Week The week commencing 14th May 2018 is Mental Health Awareness week. The Mental Health Foundation is focusing on 'stress'. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. You can find resources about coping with stress and a downloadable booklet via their website 

Durham Police Crime and Victim’s Commissioner -Hate Crime Conference 4th July 2018 Xcel Centre Newton Aycliffe: The Durham Police Crime and Victim’s Commissioner is holding a Hate Crime Conference to develop joint working on community cohesion and hate crime and to identify a series of projects designed to understand and reduce the level of hate crime, increase reporting of incidents, provide effective support for victims and ensure effective prosecutions. The conference is aimed at managers and practitioners in voluntary and public sector organisations which have a remit to reduce hate crime and improve community cohesion. The conference is free and attendance can be booked by contacting Ashleigh.white@durham.pnn.police.uk

Mental Health Awareness week: This is Mental Health awareness week. Many of us look after our physical health with healthy lifestyle choices but tend not to think about our mental health until there is a problem. There are many ways you can actively improve and protect your own mental health, and that of the people around you. The five a day for your mind is a good place to start: connect, give, take notice, be active, keep learning. For more information, support and  to complete a mental health survey visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Information Sharing Protocol [PDF Document] has been approved at both the Children and Adult Board meetings. The protocol provides the framework for collaborative working to support individuals to share information to safeguard children and adults in Darlington.

PREVENT Practice Guidance and Channel Process [PDF Document] has been approved at both the Children and Adult Board meetings.  The guidance has been developed to provide a clear framework for professionals with which to respond to safeguarding concerns for children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable to the messages of extremism in all its forms.  It also provides details of the local inter agency process and expectations in respect of safeguarding children and adults and the Channel process.

Executive Strategy Meeting procedures [PDF Document] were approved by the Policy and Implementation sub-group on 5th April 2017.  Executive Strategy meetings (ESM) are required to address all concerns and issues relating to unusual,organised or large scale abuse.

Safeguarding Adult Review: GLADYS. Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board has today published a Safeguarding Adult Review [PDF document] into the death of 86-year-old lady named Gladys Goodrick who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, who sadly died of natural causes in hospital in January 2016. The Board undertook the review in order to understand how agencies worked together prior to Gladys’ death 17 days after she was admitted to Darlington Memorial Hospital with serious injuries caused by a series of falls during a short stay in a care home.  The review found that information sharing between professionals and processes for the assessment of adults with care and support needs on admission to care home settings in emergency situations needs to be more robust. There has been significant learning from this review for all organisations involved. Eight recommendations were made and the Board will monitor the subsequent action plan to ensure that changes are implemented. The learning from the review will be shared locally and nationally.

Managing Allegations. The Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board has ratified the new multi-agency policy in respect of Managing Allegations: People working in a position of trust with adults with care and support needs [PDF Document]. The policy which was implemented on 2nd May 2017 is designed to ensure effective oversight by the Local Authority of the investigation of allegations made against people who work in a position of trust in either paid employment or as a volunteer with adults who have needs for care and support. If you have any concerns about someone who works in such a position of trust click on the link to find out how to report the concern.   

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Protocol [PDF Document]: The new SAR protocol has been ratified and published and can be viewed in Policies, Procedure and Practice Guidance

Sexual Exploitation: The Police And Crime Commissioner commissioned Changing Lives to undertake research into the scale of sex work and sexual exploitation in Durham and Darlington, the findings were presented to Board members on 27th September 2016. The findings of the research are available on the Changing Lives website [external link]

The Herbert Protocol: The Herbert Protocol has been launched by Durham Constabulary in conjunction with partner agencies. This scheme will run throughout Darlington and County Durham and is designed to maximise the police response when adults at risk are reported missing from home. With the help of family and care providers the police will be able to locate the missing person at the earliest opportunity thereby ensuring their safety. For more information about how to access the scheme see the Durham Constabulary website [external link] or see the Durham Constabulary Herbert Protocol leaflet [link].  

World Social Work Day: 21st March 2017 is World Social Work day and to mark this occasion the Adult Principal Social Worker Network has produced an e book of blogs [link]

Changes to the duty of the Coroner to undertake inquest in DoLS and other authorisations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005: From Monday 3 April 2017 coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (known as DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In these cases an inquest will still be required if the person died before Monday 3 April 2017. However, for any person subject to a DoLS authorisation who dies on the 3rd or any time after their death need not be reported to the coroner unless the cause of death is unknown or where there are concerns that the cause of death was unnatural or violent, including where there is any concern about the care given having contributed to the persons death. Any person with concerns about how or why someone has come to their death can contact the coroner directly; this will not change where a person subject to a DoLS authorisation. What will change is that the coroner will no longer be duty bound to investigate every death where the deceased had a DoLS in place. For the Chief Coroner's Guidance on DoLS see the following link www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/new-chief-coroners-guidance-on-dols [External Link]. For more information on coroner's services please see the Coroners Services guides on the following link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-coroner-services-and-coroner-investigations-a-short-guide [External Link]

Review of Mental Capacity and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS): In March 2107 The Law Commission published a review of Mental Capacity and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) [link]. For a summary of the findings see the following link Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty summary report [link].

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The e-bulletin is a joint bulletin with the Darlington Safeguarding Children Board.  The bulletins highlight new guidance, research, developments in safeguarding across the Children and Adults Boards.  All the organisations on the Boards contribute to the e-bulletin to promote and inform those individuals who work with both children and adults at risk (as defined by the Care Act 2014)

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After each meeting the Board develops a 'Messages Bulletin' which is aimed at the general public and those people working with adults with care and support needs to have an understanding of the Board's work.

If you wish to keep up to date with everything related to the Adult Safeguarding Board then please don't hesitate to sign up to our newsletter and our E-bulletin: SafeguardingBoards@darlington.gov.uk

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Communication and Engagement Strategy


  • The Darlington Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (DSAPB) have developed a joint Communication and Engagement Strategy [PDF document] to embrace the 'Think Family' approach and ensure that the work of both Boards' is effectively communicated to the relevant audiences such as children, young people, adults at risk, families and the wider community in Darlington.

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