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"The voices of the vulnerable will be heard", Government statement on Gosport enquiry

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, gave a statement to the Commons about the Gosport Independent Panel findings. The report will be published today. 

The review, of more than 800 death certificates from the Gosport War Memorial Hospital is led by ...

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Safeguarding Adults Annual report 2017-18 published today

Today the government has published its Safeguarding Adults Annual report for England 2017-18.

Key Facts

  • 394,655 concerns of abuse were raised during 2017-18, an increase of 8.2% on the previous year
  • There were 150,070 safeguarding enquiries that started in the year; a decrease of 1,090 (0.7%) on 2016-17
  • The number of Section 42 enquiries that commenced during the year … 
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Domestic abuse updates

A couple of short updates on domestic abuse:

On Thursday 22nd November, Baroness Thornton (Labour), will be asking the following question in the House of Lords:

  • how much of the NHS mental health budget goes towards intervention to address domestic and sexual violence and abuse

Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders

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Norfolk Against Scams Partnership: have you joined?

More than 30 organisations, that make up the Norfolk Against Scams Partnership (NASP), met for the first time last Thursday at County Hall. 

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DBS: List of offences that will never be filtered from a DBS certificate

The list of offences which will never be filtered from a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check/certificate has been updated. To help with accessibility the list is available in three different formats .

The DBS was established in 2012 and carries out the functions previously undertaken by the ...

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Guidance for health staff on homelessness duty to refer

The Department of Health & Social Care has published guidance for NHS staff on their duty under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 to refer a person who is homeless to a local authority.

On 1 October 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 introduced a new legal duty on specified public services to refer service users they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a local housing authority.

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Pressure ulcers: safeguarding adults protocol updated

The Safeguarding Adults Protocol Pressure Ulcers and the interface with a Safeguarding Enquiry has been updated. The terms ‘avoidable’ and ‘unavoidable’ for describing pressure ulcers have been removed. Also, all footnotes have been moved to the references section.

This document helps practitioners and managers across health and care organisations to ...

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Top tips: Safeguarding adults with dementia

This article from Community Care highlights effective safeguarding and risk assessment with the person with dementia depend on building relationships. Common symptoms of dementia include memory loss, disorientation, confusion, difficulty communicating, behavioural changes, low mood, and overall cognitive impairment, all of which can put a person…

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Board manager's November blog: Help to pump up the volume

A few weeks ago, in order to progress an important piece of work, I met with two lead safeguarding adults colleagues (one from housing, the other from health) after work. A 6pm meeting was made ‘do-able’ by having a bite to eat and a pint (just one, as we were driving) in the pub. And yes, we got some good work done as well.

The soundtrack playing in the pub was a cracker: Gangsters by The Specials, Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division, followed by New Order’s Blue Monday. Next up was ... 

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Launch of New Domestic Abuse Service – Norwich Connect

Norwich Connect, a new whole family domestic abuse service is launching on the 14th November.

Spurgeons Childrens Charity are excited to invite professional practitioners to the launch event to learn more about the new approaches which form the Connect model, how it will benefit families and how organisations can work together.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) newsletter

This is a really useful newsletter giving important updates on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Recognise and Report Modern Slavery with the Unseen App

Modern slavery is real. Tens of thousands of people are victims of trafficking and exploitation in the UK today. But this crime can be hard to spot if you don’t know what to look for. The Unseen App provides a guide to recognising the signs of…

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House of Commons 9th Domestic Abuse Report 2017-19

This report calls for more focus on children who experience domestic abuse. The report cites evidence heard by the committee from charity Action for Children, warning of the destabilising effect domestic abuse has on children's lives. The charity's evidence details how such abuse can harm…

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Domestic Abuse Change Champions Annual Conference - a big success

The Domestic Abuse Change Champions Annual Conference took place at City College Norwich on Wednesday, October 24th. Guest speakers at this year’s event included psychotherapist and domestic abuse trainer Cathy Press, former CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal OBE, and Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “There is some exceptional work being done in Norfolk to tackle domestic abuse, and events like this are an effective way of sharing knowledge to continue the progress being made.”

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The numbers of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

This report from NHS Digital includes statistics on the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) for England 2017-18 including the number completed during the year and the length of time taken to complete applications.

There were 227,400 applications for DoLS received ...

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