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Carers in Sutton who look after their relatives and friends are being encouraged to complete a new survey. This will help the Sutton Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) understand how carers are supporting vulnerable adults to remain safe and protected from potential abuse.

The SSAB, which is a partnership board co-ordinated by Sutton Council, provides strategic leadership for adult safeguarding across the borough.
Established in 2009, it became a statutory board in April 2015 following The Care Act of 2014 and has an independent chair. Members include senior representatives from a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations. (A full list of members is in the Editor’s Notes below).

The SSAB seeks to:

- help organisations work together to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation in a way that is proportionate, balanced and responsive

- raise awareness and understanding of safeguarding among service users, carers, professionals, care providers and the wider community

- make safeguarding ‘everyone’s business’ by encouraging community interest and engagement.

In addition, the SSAB commissions safeguarding adult reviews in cases where there have been poor outcomes to ensure that lessons are learned.

The survey will assess the level of awareness and knowledge carers have of safeguarding adults and their level of confidence in the various organisations responsible for protecting people who may be considered vulnerable.

The survey findings will help improve the borough’s services to carers and the people they care for by providing meaningful advice, support and information.

Deborah Klee, who chairs the SSAB, said the borough recognises the vital role carers perform in looking after the well-being of their relatives and friends who might be at risk. “It is very important for us to obtain the views of people who undertake caring responsibilities,” she said.
Being a carer can cover a wide range of ‘caring services’ from being on hand 24 hours a day through to arranging hospital appointments, popping around to cook dinner for an elderly person or visiting a relative recuperating from an operation to see how they are doing. It is not unusual for carers looking after their partner, relative or friend who is ill or disabled, not to think of themselves as a carer.

The survey is available on a weblink which is being distributed to many organisations in the borough for forwarding to carers. All carers in the borough are being encouraged to take part in the survey which needs to be completed and submitted online by Monday, 29 June 2015. 

If you are a carer, please complete our survey by accessing the following link:

Editor’s Notes:

Members of the Sutton Safeguarding Adult Board are:
- Age UK Sutton
- Care Quality Commission
- Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust
- Healthwatch Sutton
- London Fire Brigade in Sutton
- Met Police in Sutton
- National Probation Service
- Royal Marsden
- Safer Sutton Partnership Service
- SEAP advocacy services
- South West London and St George’s NHS Trust
- Sutton and Merton Community Services
- Sutton Carers Centre
- Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector
- Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group
- Sutton Council - Adult Social Services, Sutton Commissioning, Sutton Public Health;
- Sutton Housing Partnership
- Sutton Local Safeguarding Children’s Board
- Victim Support