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Safeguarding Board Manager’s Blog

July 2017

Small wins along the way 

April 2017 was the second anniversary of the implementation of the Care Act, which shifted the guidance on safeguarding adults to statute. In those two years we’ve travelled a long way and I believe we have got things done ... 

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May / June 2017

Two things (part two)

In April’s blog I wrote about using an idea from economist Glen Whitman to write two succinct yet complete answers to the question, ‘what is adult safeguarding?’

I invited readers of this blog to have a go and send in their suggestions. 

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April 2017

The two things test for adult safeguarding

How can you give someone a really succinct yet complete answer to the question, ‘That sounds interesting, tell me what is adult safeguarding?’

Perhaps economist Glen Whitman can help us? 

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March 2017

Celebrating World Social Work Day

Tuesday 21st March is World Social Work Day. In my role as NSAB board manager I have the privilege to work alongside so many different people, including social workers, all of whom are helping take forward our safeguarding adults work for Norfolk.

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February 2017

Help to ‘Heineken’ our safeguarding adults network

You may remember a series of beer adverts for Heineken shown in the 1970 and 1980s for which the tag line was ‘Heineken refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach’.

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January 2017

A ‘surge’ against abuse – ‘what can I do to help?’

Norfolk has just seen another storm surge. Watching the news coverage I was impressed by the multi-agency nature of the response: all sorts of people working together to keep everyone safe and protect our communities. Thankfully, the high tidies of the weekend of 13th/ 14th January passed off without incident. 

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November / December 2016

Thinking about financial scams as a public health issue

In mid-November I was very pleased to play a part in the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Trading Standards conference against financial scams – Join the Flight. In its second year, the event brought together the two county Trading Standards Services and regional partners to raise awareness of working together to fight scams. 

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October 2016

A safeguarding community

I popped into my local corner shop at the weekend to buy a paper and some milk and Angie, the woman who served me, asked ‘How have you been? Haven’t seen you in recently!’ (I normally go in most Saturdays). 

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August / September 2016 – What has Kevin Bacon got to do with safeguarding adult awareness week?

A fun game to play with film-loving friends is Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – that is, to find the shortest path between any given actor and Footloose movie star Kevin Bacon. Here’s an example, starting with George Clooney: Clooney was in Ocean's Eleven with Matt Damon, Matt Damon was in The Departed with Jack Nicholson, and Jack Nicholson was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon. 

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July 2016 – Proud to support PRIDE

This blog is dedicated to Harold Bodmer (Executive Director of Adult Social Services and President of the ADASS) whose tragically sudden death on Wednesday 20 July has been a real shock.

On Saturday (30th July) Tristan, Nick, Kirsty and I attended Norwich Pride 2016 to help promote the safeguarding message. Norwich Pride is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community for everyone. And it was indeed exactly that. 

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June 2016 – What can Iceland's win over England tells us about adult safeguarding?

Like many, I was wondering how England's last 16 game against Iceland on Monday 27 June would turn out. Because I was preparing the paper I was due to deliver at the College of Occupational Therapists annual conference that week, I decided to record the game.

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May 2016 – We need more Velcro ... can you help?

In recent weeks I’ve picked up on variations of a theme that has recurred across a number of our safeguarding meetings: ‘How do we translate the recommendations in an action plan into change? How do we apply lessons to make Norfolk safer?’ A couple of weekends ago I was out walking and got my woollen scarf tangled in the Velcro on my coat. You may have had a similar experience!

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April 2016 –  Domestic abuse on the airwaves

I haven’t really paid any attention to Radio 4’s programme The Archers but I know lots of people do and are keen listeners. I might have caught a few minutes after the news before switching channels but I don’t tune in.

Over the past few months a number of colleagues have mentioned to me that the programme is running a story line about domestic abuse featuring ....

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March 2016 – A Must Read, Department of Health issues revised statutory guidance

This month the Department of Health has published revised statutory guidance to support local authorities and partners implement the Care Act (2014). There have been some important changes to Chapter 14 which covers adult safeguarding. Please make sure you read and familiarise yourself with the changes as this is key document for us on safeguarding adults.

Click here to see a quick overview guide of the changes.

More detailed comment will follow.

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January 2016 – Slavery in Norfolk?

Maybe, like me, when you think about the word ‘slavery’ you get an image of a 19th century slave ship from Africa, or the 1970s TV programme Roots. But two things have recently made me think about this issue in relation to Norfolk.

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December 2015 – ‘Soccernomics’, Brad Pitt... and a call to action

I recently started reading Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, which studies data to answer football questions like why do England lose while Germany and Brazil win? Why do so many clubs buy the wrong players or what is the best way to score a goal from a corner kick?

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November 2015 –  The CQC’s Report, State of Care & understanding the bigger safeguarding

picture in Norfolk

Norfolk Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB) met on 15th October 2015, the same day the Care Quality Commission published its mid-point inspection report called State of Care 2014/15. This was based on 5,439 organisations inspected 14 months into a 24-month inspection programme.

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