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Norfolk's libraries help tackle loneliness over Christmas

Libraries in Norfolk are inviting people to come along for free tea and a friendly chat at Just A Cuppa events across the county. Just A Cuppa events provide company and the possibility of friendship, and are a low-key way to join a group of other people of all ages and genders, ideal for those out of the habit of socialising. 

The events are part of Norfolk County Council’s In Good Company Campaign, which ... 

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New PREVENT training dates for 2019

We are pleased to announce new PREVENT training dates for early 2019. The workshop will help you recognise when a person or child may be being targeted and groomed for radicalisation by people who support extremist ideologies, and to know how to refer them for…

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Care homes: A new code for prosecutors

Andrew Parsons from RadcliffesLeBrasseur has written a short briefing on the Lexology website on what general factors will the CQC, HSE, the police and other regulator prosecutors consider when contemplating charging an organisation or individual?

The CQC and other bodies who have power to ...

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Be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers

Norfolk Police are urging residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers following a number of incidents across the county. Officers have received reports of five cases within the past week where an elderly person has been called by someone claiming to be a police officer. They will then state someone the victim knows has been arrested before asking for personal bank details.

The first incident happened at ...

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New suicide prevention Stay Alive app launches in Norfolk

The new Stay Alive App from Norfolk County Council is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the county, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. The Council’s public health team have launched this as part of its suicide…

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Article of interest: ‘The invisible enemy’: disability, loneliness and isolation

This article in Disability & Society (Vol 33, Number 7) quantitatively explore the relationship between disability, emotional loneliness and social isolation. The data analysis presents a number of statistically significant findings which illustrate that disabled people (N = 250) were at increased risk of experiencing…

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‘Substantial shortcomings’ found in local safeguarding guidance

A news story on the LocalGov website reports on Freedom of information (FOI) requests by Panlogic (a digital engineering consultancy specialising in the public sector) which have uncovered ‘substantial shortcomings’ when it comes to the use of safeguarding guidance by county councils. The FOI requests found…

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NSAB Annual Report for 2017-18 published

Today the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) is pleased to announce the publication of its annual report for 2017-18. This year’s report looks and feels different in an effort to make it more accessible. The report summarises the work of NSAB and its partners. It shows how together we are ...

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Non-engagement & missed appointments procedure from Norwich & Central Norfolk MIND

Earlier in the year NSAB’s Safeguarding Adults Review Group received a referral which did not meet the criteria for a full Safeguarding Adult Review. However, there was some important learning from the case. One positive outcome was the development of a ...

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Consultation on stalking and harassment

The College of Policing has opened a consultation on Initial response to stalking or harassing behaviourIt will be used to inform Authorised Professional Practice (guidance for police officers) and influence policing practice in this area.

NSAB would like to ...

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Office for National Statistics: ‘poor care may have been a factor’ in some care home deaths

The Guardian newspaper reports that more than 1,000 care home residents have died suffering from malnutrition, dehydration or bedsores. At least one of the conditions was noted on the death certificates of as many as 1,463 vulnerable residents in NHS, local authority and privately-run care…

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Update on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

Last week the House of Lords debated the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. Prior to the debate, the Government had introduced a number of welcome changes in response to concerns including from the Local Government Association (LGA). In particular there were concerns about ...

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Fire safety advice offered at Norfolk libraries

Community volunteers from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service will be giving out safety advice to residents around the county in the run-up to Christmas. Some of the service’s regular helpers and local firefighters will be ... 

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Mental health disorders among the young continue to increase

Today, NHS Digital, in collaboration with Office of National Statistics (ONS) and NatCen Social Research, have published estimates into the mental health of children and young people in England. Tim Vizard, Branch Head for the Mental Health of Children and Young People Survey at ONS reports back on ...

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Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery. The Toolkit  includes:

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