Welcome from the Independent Chair

Sian photo August 2013We are delighted to introduce Siân Walker as the Independent Chair for Devon Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB) with effect from April 2016.

Siân’s responsibilities as Chair include;

  • Overseeing the development and implementation of an overall strategy and annual business plans ensuring that this reflects learning from any Safeguarding Adults Reviews and other areas of work.
  • Ensuring the Board works collaboratively and effectively by developing  partnership working between the partner members of DSAB and its sub-groups.
  • Promoting the Board’s ability to independently fulfil statutory objectives of monitoring, challenging and scrutinising the effectiveness of inter-agency adult safeguarding work.

Siân has over 39 years’ experience working in social care.  As a social worker, Siân began her career in inner London initially working with children and families before moving to work in training and management development, and progressing into community care services. Siân enjoys working in partnership across organisations and currently chairs two other Safeguarding Adults Boards as well as working part-time as a Social Care advisor with the IDeA/ Local Government Association.

Siân is driven by a passion for ensuring all services to vulnerable people are person-centred, easy to access and importantly promote independence, whilst ensuring people are safe. She is particularly keen to ensure that the ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ agenda is rooted throughout and across all partner organisations and that front line staff are supported to have the confidence in delivering this.