We want to:

  • stop abuse or neglect wherever possible
  • prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect
  • safeguard adults in a way that supports them to have control over their lives

Merton Safeguarding Adults Board

Local authorities must coordinate the safeguarding of adults at risk in their area with other organisations. Merton Safeguarding Adults Board includes local hospitals, the police, mental health trusts and others.

Under the Care Act 2014, Safeguarding Adults Boards must:

  • write and make public a strategic plan
  • have an independent chair of the board
  • publish an annual report
  • make sure there is a review when needed

The board does not directly investigate allegations of abuse or neglect in Merton. This responsibility is ours. We (Merton Council) are known as the lead agency.

If you need to raise a safeguarding concern, you can report a concern to us. The board’s website is independent and explains its duties and statutory guidance and has lots of other useful information.