Buckinghamshire DA Board Structure and Subgroups
Buckinghamshire DA Board
The Buckinghamshire Domestic Abuse Board was set up as a result of the DA Act 2021. In the Act there is a statutory duty for local authorities to set up a partnership DA Board.
We have a strong collaborative ethos across Buckinghamshire with many excellent statutory and voluntary sector services working well together. The Buckinghamshire Domestic Abuse Board, as part of Safer Buckinghamshire Partnership, aims to strengthen and coordinate the responses across our multiagency services to deliver a “tell us once ethos”.
The Buckinghamshire DA Board has representation from Thames Valley Police, Women’s Aid, Bucks SAASS, OPCC, Oxford Health, BOB Integrated Care Board, Bucks Health Care Trust, Buckinghamshire Housing, Adult and Children’s Social Care, Public Health, Probation and the Local Criminal Justice Board.
The Domestic Abuse Board is responsible for:
- Overseeing plans for compliance with the new duty and look to strengthen work linked to wider support for all those affected by domestic abuse in Buckinghamshire.
- Help drive forward the strategic priorities through programmes of work that addresses gaps highlighted within the needs assessment and learn from domestic homicide reviews so tragedies in future can be prevented.
- Provide expert advice and data to support the development of a local strategy, agreeing the appropriate steps needed to meet the needs identified
- Provide advice and data to undertake a robust local needs assessment to identify and understand the needs of domestic abuse victims within their area (including those that present from out of area).
- Support the effective engagement with domestic abuse victims and expert services in order to understand the range and complexity of needs.
- Support Buckinghamshire Council to make commissioning and decommissioning decisions (where appropriate). This can include when and how commissioning is undertaken to ensure the best and most appropriate services are made available for victims.
- Advise and support in dealing with issues raised and identified from engagement through formal and informal routes.
- Escalate issues to the relevant representative / body and Safer Buckinghamshire Board.
- Support Buckinghamshire Council in reporting back to MHCLG on delivering the duty in line with statutory guidance and the standardised reporting form.
The Buckinghamshire DA Strategy 2021-2024 outlines the strategic direction of the DA Board. These are as follows:
The Board meets quarterly and is chaired by Nick Graham, Service Director of Legal and Democratic Services at Buckinghamshire Council.