Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) was set up under the Care Act 2014.

The main purpose of the board is to assure itself that safeguarding arrangements in Warrington and strong and sustainable. The board also makes sure that any partners agencies act together to help protect adults at risk.

Mission Statement of Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board

We'll oversee local arrangements so that safeguarding adults at risk is prioritised and coordinated effectively. We're committed to:

  • Continuous improvement
  • Learning from experience
  • Helping vulnerable adults at risk of neglect and abuse to have a voice and influence
Local arrangements

WSAB is responsible for

  • Establishing policies and strategies which protect adults at risk
  • Responding to emerging issues
  • Developing local intelligence
  • Promoting partnership working
  • Challenging and holding agencies to account for their role in safeguarding and promoting health and wellbeing

The board sets out its priorities in its business plan and reports overall progress and achievements in an annual report.

WSAB is chaired by an independent person. Its members and advisors are senior representatives from a wide range of organisations including members from three statutory organisations:

  • Warrington Borough Council
  • Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Cheshire Police


WSAB uses a number of subgroups to focus on priority areas for development and to ensure delivery of its objectives.

Each group has its own terms of reference and work plan, the board receives updates on a quarterly basis from each sub group. The WSAB also has links with other strategic boards and partnerships.

Warrington Safeguarding Adult Forum (SAF)

The safeguarding forum is made up of people from a broad range of organisations to share safeguarding information. The SAF enables valuable links to be made with community groups so that the WSAB is influenced by a range of voices from the local community.

Community information

The council has the lead responsibility for adult safeguarding in Warrington.  They work with a wide range of partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to protect vulnerable adults.

The information below will help you to report abuse, as well as offering advice on how to keep safe:

Useful Sources of Advice, Guidance and Support

The Herbert Protocol – This is an initiative by Cheshire Police to support those caring for anyone with dementia that may be at risk of going missing.  Visit the Cheshire Police website where you can find a document to complete that can be handed to officers in the event of your loved one going missing to help ensure they are found swiftly and safely - 

Keeping People Safe - Suicide risk identification: This flowchart is aimed at volunteers, professionals and community groups who may identify concerns around suicide risk with people they work with or support.  The flowchart aims to offer guidance on questions to ask and steps to take. It also contains useful local and online contacts that individuals can use for support around this issue.

Mental Capacity – This is a document and a video aimed at professionals and Carers to help them to understand the Mental Capacity Act and how it should be followed when caring for someone with difficulty in making their own decisions.  Individuals can either read the document or watch the YouTube video to understand expectations on professionals.  This may support Carers to understand how professionals will try to respond to situations where the individual cannot make a decision themselves.

Counter Terrorism Policing Helpful Advice - This document is intended to assist you to identify and respond to Suspicious behaviour, identify and deal with suspicious Items and respond to a firearms or weapons attack. You can also visit GOV.UK/nactso

Door Step Scams – This is where someone comes to your door and intends to exploit you through gaining access to your home.  We know that perpetrators have been targeting those over 65 years of age and that there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the risk being exploited in this manner.  For more information please visit Age UK Advice.

You will also find other useful guidance videos alongside this on the YouTube page.

Information for professionals

On this page you will find policies and procedures relating to Safeguarding Adults within Warrington alongside practice guidance as it is produced by the WSAB.  If you can’t find something please email safeguardingpartnerships@warrington.gov.uk with your request so we can see what we might be able to provide.

Below you will find things separated out into Policies, Procedures, Practice Guidance or Relevant Board Information.


    This document provides the principles and expectations on agencies and professionals in Warrington in relation to Safeguarding Adults.  It is a statement of expectations of all WSAB partners and professionals operating within the area.

    These documents provides an overview of the area’s expectations of agencies and professionals when working with cases of self-neglect. You will also find resources designed to support you in practice.


    The documents below represent specific guidance on what happens within Warrington when Safeguarding Adult’s at Risk procedures are implemented. You can either access these as a full download document from the top of the list or simply access the section you wish to view further below. The document offers guidance on how to trigger processes in Warrington alongside things to consider for Safeguarding Strategy Meetings.

    • Section 1 (Introduction) – An overview of the new requirements, MSP and procedure review plans.
    • Section 2 (Abuse and neglect) - Outlines types of abuse, eligibility and responsibilities.
    • Section 3 (Understanding your role and how safeguarding fits in) - Provides an overview of health roles, regulated services, whistleblowing, disciplinary procedures, Carers, Out of areas placements, historic allegations, deaths, SARs, serious incident investigations and Duty of Candour.
    • Section 4 (Identifying and raising a safeguarding concern) - Outlines how to respond to a concern from raising it to preserving evidence.  This includes steps required when the alleged perpetrator is a member of staff or adult at risk. Alongside this it offers a reminder of Information Sharing guidelines.
    • Section 5 (Making decisions about safeguarding concerns) - Outlines how referrals will be responded to including expected processes and alternative responses that can emerge.
    • Section 6 (Planning and undertaking enquiries and/or other investigations) - Provides guidance in relation to how the scope and lead for the enquiry is decided alongside the purpose of strategy meetings/discussions.  This includes information on preparing for a safeguarding meeting.
    • Section 7 (Safeguarding plans and conclusions) - This will offer an overview of plans and how these will be monitored and outcomes reported to the Adult involved.
    • Appendix A (Prompts and other considerations) - Looks at key questions about the planning, others at risk, the adult, the alleged perpetrator and representatives.  This offers an understanding of the things that need to be considered for each aspect.
    • Appendix B (Target timescales) - Outlines the expectations on timescales reporting, investigating and meetings (to be read in conjunction with Section 5.3).

    Practice Guidance

    The document below is the detailed practice guidance designed to be consulted alongside the procedures above. The document has been set up with a detailed contents section so you can click on a sections title and go straight to the section you are interested in.  Each section provides some guidance and reference to relevant legislation for that topic area.

    SAR and Learning Review Documents

    Please find below Warrington’s SAR guidance and all published SAR and Learning document

    Relevant Board Information

    Warrington safeguarding adults board subgroups

    WSAB utilises sub groups to focus on priority areas for development, WSAB has 4 subgroups which are as follows:

    Each of the WSAB subgroups has an individual work plan linked to the WSAB business plan and each subgroup provides a quarterly update to the WSAB on their progress.

    The WSAB also links to and receives information from a range of other forums such as the Safeguarding Adult Forum, the Hate Crime Subgroup of the Community Safety Partnership and the Quality Intelligence and Safeguarding Group.

    Warrington safeguarding adult forum

    The Safeguarding Adults Forum is a non-executive forum with a broader membership than WSAB. This enables members from a range of organisations to exchange information, discuss the work of WSAB, and champion safeguarding within their own organisations and the wider community.   

    Member organisations

    Governance arrangements

    WSAB reports to Warrington health and wellbeing board.  The Health and wellbeing board is a multi agency Board that coordinates health and social care matters across the borough. The annual report is also scrutinised by the council's scrutiny committee which has an important role in improving local services and holding decision makers to account in areas which are important to the local community.

    Internal and external governance arrangements for the Warrington safeguarding adults board are:

    WSAB Training strategy, courses and resources

    The WSAB has a priority to ensure that we have the right people with the right skills in the local area.

    The board is keen to identify the training needs of professionals which will help us to plan for a multi-agency training offer.  

    We're currently in the process of mapping this information out and expect to post a Training Strategy here soon.

    We're also building a repository of topic specific information to support professionals to respond to emerging issues in Adult safeguarding. 

    We've created a list of links where you can find key information, documents, useful websites other useful resources such as leaflets or e-learning. 

    We'll update this page regularly with training resources as and when they become available.

    If you can't find something that you need please email safeguarding partnerships and we'll try our best to help.