About the Safeguarding Adults Board

Statutory function

The Care Act 2014 places statutory functions on the Board.

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

Vision and Strategic Plan

The SAB Vision and Strategic Plan was signed off by the SAB Executive at the end of July 2021 following consultation with SAB members at the Annual General Meeting end of March 2021.

Our vision reflects the shared belief that no one should have to tolerate or be exposed to abuse, neglect or exploitation. Our vision is that the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth are places where all citizens (irrespective of age, race, gender, culture, religion, physical or mental ill health, disability or sexual orientation) live in safety, free from abuse and the fear of abuse.

Our Vision and Strategy is achieved through the SAB Business Plan.

Terms of reference

Richmond and Wandsworth SAB has endorsed the new terms of reference reflecting the new arrangements across Richmond and Wandsworth.

There are additional terms of reference for the SAB Executive and individual sub-groups.


The SAB has an independent Chair who is part of and reports to the SAB Executive comprising of strategic partners from the Council, Health and Police. SAB membership includes key statutory and non-statutory agencies within the two boroughs, including agencies representing service users and carers.

Independent Chair

Christabel Shawcross is the current Independent Chair of Richmond and Wandsworth Safeguarding Adults Board (RWSAB). She is currently Independent Chair of the Camden SAB and was previously the Chair at Tower Hamlets for 5 years and Enfield for 18 months. She has a wealth of experience developing partnerships with health and social care and working to engage with local communities.

SAB Executive

The SAB Executive consists of senior members of the Council, Metropolitan Police and Kingston & Richmond and Wandsworth & Merton NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as its statutory partner organisations. The Care Act 2014 described these as the 'statutory partner agencies'.

In conjunction with the Independent Chair, the SAB Executive provide statutory leadership and direction to the SAB, ensuring strategic oversight and challenge.

Richmond and Wandsworth SAB has launched Richmond and Wandsworth Safeguarding Adults Practice Awards.

To nominate, please submit the RWSPA nomination form to SAB@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

View the Richmond and Wandsworth Safeguarding Adults Board risk Log, December 2018.

Learning Events

View the Learning Event review November 2018.

SAB members

SAB members include key statutory and non-statutory agencies within the two boroughs, including agencies representing service users and carers. 

  • Clinical Commissioning Group (Health)
  • Police
  • Council – Adult Social Services, Public Health, Housing, Trading Standards
  • Council Member Representative
  • Council Chief Executive
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • London Ambulance Service
  • St George’s Hospital
  • The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
  • Kingston Hospital
  • South West London and St George Mental Health Trust
  • East London Foundation NHS Trust
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Your Healthcare (Richmond)
  • Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare
  • Healthwatch
  • Age UK
  • Council for Voluntary Services (Richmond)
  • Carers Centre (Wandsworth)
  • Safeguarding Children’s Boards
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • National Probation Service
  • Community Rehabilitation Company


The SAB has the following subgroups:

  • Safeguarding Adults Review Subgroup
  • Performance and Workforce Subgroup
  • Annual Report Editorial Subgroup
  • Communication and Engagement Subgroup, which is linked to the Richmond Community Forum and Wandsworth Community Forum

Safeguarding training

We have an e-learning programme that can be accessed via the multi-agency safeguarding area of our training website TPD Online. 

Register for training

Safeguarding courses
E-learning course TDP event code*
Safeguarding Adults - Level 1 (2hrs) SAB 16/409
Safeguarding Adults - Level 2 (2hrs) SAB 17/326
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) (1hr 20min) SAB 16/399
Safeguarding Against Radicalisation - The Prevent Duty (1hr) SAB 16/410
Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery (1hr 15min) SAB 18/222

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Contact us

Please do not contact the Board for advice on a safeguarding concern or to report abuse. In this instance, raise your concern directly with the Adult Access Team.

For other queries, email: sab@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Making a difference: an example of our work

John was at real risk through social isolation, mental and physical ill health and he did not easily accept support. Social care and housing staff gained John's trust over time and supported him to achieve better health and a safer environment.

The VAMA panel offered the multi-agency forum to support professionals to achieve the best outcomes for him.

The equivalent of the VAMA Panel in Wandsworth is the Community Multi Agency Risk Assessment Panel (CMARAP).