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Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance Subgroup of the Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Adult Board have developed this Quality Assurance Framework to give assurance that the Board and its constituent partner agencies have effective systems, structures, processes and practice in place to improve outcomes and experience in the context of safeguarding adults at risk.  This Quality Assurance Framework is also a key mechanism by which the SAB holds local agencies to account for their safeguarding work, including prevention and risk management.

What is Quality Assurance?

Quality assurance is about assessing the quality of the work we undertake to safeguard vulnerable adults and understanding the impact of this work in terms of its effectiveness in helping to keep vulnerable adults safe. Effective quality assurance will contribute to a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

The primary challenge of quality assurance is to improve the quality of practice and safeguarding outcomes for vulnerable adults.

What is the QA Framework?

The framework is for strategic partnerships and individual organisations with safeguarding adults’ responsibilities in Brighton & Hove.

The framework is based on an ‘Outcomes Based Accountability’ (OBA) approach which will help those with leadership, senior management or scrutiny responsibility for safeguarding adults to gain a better understanding of how safe adults at risk are in their services and communities by considering:

  • What we do
  • How well we do it? (Are partners working well to respond to safeguarding concerns)
  • What difference we have made/is anyone better off? (Do safeguarding arrangements improve outcome for adults at risk)

Read more in the Quality Assurance Framework or see below for briefings on recent SAB Quality Assurance activity.

Domestic Violence & Abuse Audit

In 2016 the Quality Assurance Group of the Safeguarding Adults Board conducted a multi-agency audit on Domestic violence & abuse (DVA) to look at how well agencies across the partnership are working together to support vulnerable adults who are victims of DVA. Please read the key findings from this work in the DVA Professional’s Briefing December 2016 and discuss the reflection points in your team meetings.

Domestic violence & abuse is not just physical violence, but also sexual, financial and emotional abuse. It is controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour, violence or abuse and can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality. Offenders can be current or previous intimate partners, or family members.

Domestic abuse accounts for almost a fifth of all recorded violent crime, although this is likely to be significantly under-estimated due to under reporting. Nationally, nearly half of all female murder victims are killed by a partner or former partner. Domestic abuse causes considerable damage to individuals, families and the community. Read more about Domestic Violence here.