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# Latest alerts from Norfolk Trading Standards #

Norfolk Trading Standards team are highlighting the following scams: Information Alert – ‘Copycat’ websites offering fishing rod licences Rogue Trader Alert – Sales of generators, chainsaws and pressure washers from vans Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers claiming to be able to offer ‘free insulation’…

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UPDATED PAGE: SARs published by other Safeguarding Adult Boards

Links to a recently published Safeguarding Adult Review (Adult C) by Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board have just been added to the page on SARs published by other Safeguarding Adult Boards. Adult C had a long history of involvement with Police and had some recent involvement with…

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Date for the diary: NatWest Friends against Scams event in Norwich

Norfolk Trading Standards (TS) will be supporting NatWest’s Friends Against Scams event at their Gentleman’s Walk branch in Norwich on Wednesday 25 April.

Norfolk TS will be there along with NatWest staff, offering advice on how to be fraud and scam aware and how to protect yourself from doorstep cold callers.

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Tackling financial abuse of the elderly

Writing in the Law Society Gazette, Ann Stanyer (partner at Wedlake Bell and the author of Financial Abuse of Older Clients: Law, Practice and Prevention, Bloomsbury Professional) argues we need tougher rules on lasting powers of attorney but the Ministry of Justice appears indifferent.

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BBC - Alex Skeel: Domestic abuse survivor was 'days from death'

A male domestic abuse survivor said he was "10 days away from death" before he was helped by police and medics. Alex Skeel, 22, has urged other victims in abusive relationships to speak out. His former partner, subjected him to multiple physical injuries, denied him food…

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DBS checks: guidance for employers

Update from the Home Office on DBS checks. An employer may request a criminal records check as part of its recruitment process. These checks are processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For certain roles the check will also include information held on the DBS children…

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Growing older with learning disabilities

A new guideline from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) aims to ensure that people with learning disabilities are given the help they need to access a range of services as they grow older, so they can live healthy and fulfilled lives. It…

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Domestic abuse risks of Universal Credit single payments

Work and Pensions Committee hears from charities on Universal Credit and domestic abuse. Click here to read more.

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BBC News: Families 'failed' over West Sussex care home fractures

The families of two men whose legs were found to be fractured at a care home on the same day were "let down" by the ensuing inquiry, a report has said.

The Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) said Matthew Bates and Gary Lewis, were probably poorly-handled at Beech Lodge in Horsham, run by Sussex Health Care.

The SAR made 19 recommendations

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LGBT+ survey for Norfolk's care/nursing homes opens today

Today the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) has launched a Norfolk wide* survey to find out if care and nursing homes in our county are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) compliant. The responses will help to identify any training and development needs*. NSAB is keen…

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Launch of new victim support service

Victim Support, in partnership with the Offices of the Norfolk & Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioners, launched the new joint Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care Service on 3rd April. 

This service will be delivered by a team of specially trained and highly skilled staff and volunteers offering support and advice to victims of all crimes throughout both counties. 

Click here for a flyer with further details about the service and how to make contact with NSVC.

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New safeguarding system must be ‘priority’ for trusts, warns children’s commissioner

The children’s commissioner for England has stressed all NHS trusts and local councils must make it a “priority” to introduce a new data-sharing system aimed at helping to prevent child abuse.

Anne Longfield said the new Child Protection-Information Sharing (CP-IS) system – which sends alerts between frontline clinicians and social workers about children in care – had “huge potential to really ensure there aren’t places where children just get lost in the system or not picked up”.

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Article of interest: The vulnerable adult experiment: Situating vulnerability in adult safeguarding law and policy

This is an interesting article published in the *International Journal of Law and Psychiatry*, (volume 53, July–August 2017, pages 88-96) by Kirsty Keywood from the University of Manchester. The vulnerable adult experiment: Situating vulnerability in adult safeguarding law and policy

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Article of interest: Piloting the older adult financial exploitation measure in adult safeguarding services

Phelanm, Fealy and Downes have authored a paper titled Piloting the older adult financial exploitation measure in adult safeguarding services in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Financial abuse is arguably the most complex form of elder abuse as it may occur remote to the…

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Sir Patrick Stewart talks about growing up with domestic abuse

Sir Patrick Stewart appeared on Loose Women last week (12th April) and spoke out about his own experiences with domestic abuse, in the hope of raising awareness and that it’ll encourage people to seek help. Sir Patrick, revealed how acting was his form of escapism

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