Welcome from the Independent Chair

Siân Walker - Independent Chair

I am delighted to welcome you to the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board website. I joined the Board as its Independent Chair in October 2016 - working in Lambeth for 3 days a month. 

I have 40 years experience of working in social care, housing and health and am as passionate today, as throughout my career, to ensure that citizens are supported, protected and helped to live independent lives free from harm.  

My brief is to ensure that adults are protected in the borough by those that work with them; to provide assurance and hold all organisations working in Lambeth to account. This is in accordance with the statutory (legal) requirements set out by the Care Act 2014. Since April 2015, the Board has legal status and duties to take action which ensures citizens in Lambeth are safe.  

I believe the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board operates at the right level supported by senior managers across all organisations working in the borough. 

With best wishes,

Siân Walker


The Safeguarding Adults Board is a strategic lead body in Lambeth that is responsible for maintaining consistent, cohesive partnership working by coordinating local partnership arrangements, to safeguard adults at risk, from harm.

The core objective of the Board, set out in section 43(2) of the Care Act 2014, is to help and protect adults in its area in cases where:

  • An adult has care and support needs;
  • An adult is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • As a result of those care and support needs they are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of or the experience of abuse or neglect

We do this by ensuring all organisations talk to each other and we also ensure the effectiveness of actions taken across all organisations.

The Care Act 2014 places statutory functions on the Board which include:

  • It must publish a strategic plan
  • It must write an annual report
  • It must conduct a safeguarding adult review if an adult with care and support needs dies and abuse or neglect is suspected.

The strategic plan, annual reports and safeguarding adults reviews can be found below.

Our constitution

A new constitution was agreed at the Safeguarding Adults Board’s Development Day on 15th March 2016. This establishes how the Board is expected to function in order to fulfil its statutory duties. This clearly sets out the following:

  • Objectives, Roles and Functions of the Board
  • Membership of the Board
  • Assurance

Strategic Plans

Each year the Board agrees its strategic plan. This became a statutory duty on the Board when the Care Act 2014 came into force. The strategic plans for each year can be found below:

Board Meeting Dates

The Board Meets quarterly and the dates are set a year in advance. Below are the list of meetings for 2019/20.

09th April
16th July
09th October
21st January

Annual Reports - Easy Read

Safeguarding Adults Reviews


Under the Care Act 2014, the Board is responsible for the coordination of Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs). These reviews are commissioned where there has been an incident of serious harm or death involving a vulnerable adult. A multi-agency process, SARs aim to identify where agencies or individuals might have been able to act differently and this learning is implemented to try and prevent serious harm or death from happening again.

SARs in Lambeth will be published here.



Board Membership