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GamCare Women’s Programme – Free training

Leading UK gambling support charity, GamCare, is offering FREE training through their Tampon Tax Funded Women’s Programme. The programme is raising awareness of the risks associated with gambling, the tools available to keep people safe, and where to find help and support if gambling becomes an issue.

Women can be disproportionately affected by gambling-related harms, experiencing significant safeguarding issuesfinancial harmsrelationship breakdown and impacts on mental wellbeing. Evidence from across the sector also suggests that for women ... 

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Friends Against Scams week 19-23 October

Friends Against Scams (FAS) is a national Trading Standards scams team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering them to take a stand against scams. The initiative has been running for four years, and over half a…

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Revised CQC guidance for providers who support autistic people and/or people with a learning disability

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have revised their “Registering the right support” guidance to make it clearer for providers who support autistic people and/or people with a learning disability.

Now called Right support, right care right culture, this updated guidance has a stronger focus on outcomes for people.

Autistic people and people with a learning disability are as entitled to live an ordinary life as any other citizen. CQC expect health and social care providers to guarantee autistic people and people with a learning disability the choices, dignity, independence and good access to local communities that most people take for granted.

There are three key factors CQC expect providers to ... 

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Stories of shielding: life in the pandemic for those with health and care needs

When lockdown began, Local Voices created a digital platform – Our Covid Voices – for people with health and care needs to share their experiences of the impact of the pandemic. This provided the unfiltered views and stories from people at great risk of all the effects of the pandemic, including anxietyuncertainty and changes to their care.

Contributors also discuss their ... 

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Are you or your loved ones being targeted by scams?

The National Trading Standards Scams Team, and the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice at Bournemouth University, working in partnership with Lloyds BankHalifax and Bank of Scotland have produced NEW guide to help carers of people at risk avoid being scammed.

This is an excellent short leaflet and gives information on stopping criminals reaching you followed by helping a friend or relative with their finances. NSAB would like ... 

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COVID-19, Social Distancing, Self-Isolation and Mental Capacity

39 Essex Chambers have published a Rapid Response Guidance Note on COVID-19, Social Distancing, Self-Isolation and Mental Capacity (October 2020)

This Rapid Response looks at when Court of Protection team have been asked to advise on a number of occasions as to the legal position where a person (“P”) lives in the community and declines to practice social distancing in circumstances where P does not (or may not) have capacity to make decisions about social contact in the circumstances of COVID-19.

This guidance note provides an ... 

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Anti-Slavery Day Sunday 18 October 2020

Based on new police data, The Centre for Social Justice and Justice and Care have estimated that there are more than 100,000 victims of modern slavery being exploited in the UK, including 9,216 victims across the east of England.

The Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board, along with partner organisations, are part of the Norfolk Anti-Slavery Network ... 

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Coronavirus: adult social care key issues and sources

House of Commons Library have published a briefing paper on Coronavirus: adult social care key issues and sources.

This briefing aims to provide a high-level overview of policy in relation to adult social care since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, including ... 

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Views sought on lockdown experience for families

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) are keen to capture the thoughts, views and experiences of service users and professionals working with children and families in the face of the restrictions and challenges presented by Covid-19.

The survey will assist the NSCP understand the impact of the virus in the context of trauma and building resilience in order to adapt and improve the services of public sector organisations across Norfolk.

The survey is open until 30 November 2020.  It takes only 10 minutes and you don't have to answer all of the questions.  Anyone who completes it remains anonymous.

 

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Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner - report on The Modern Slavery Act 2015 statutory defence

Today The Independent Anti-Slavery CommissionerDame Sara Thornton, has publishes her review: The Modern Slavery Act 2015 statutory defence: A call for evidence

In her first Strategic Plan 2019-2021, the Commissioner set out her commitment to ... 

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Safeguarding & MCA training coming up in Norfolk

There are still some places left on our safeguarding and mental capacity training courses in November and we need more attendees to make the courses viable! Safeguarding and mental capacity training is essential - now more than ever. It's important to have a Norfolk workforce that is confident to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns to help protect adults at risk of abuse & harm.

Topics open to ... 

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Amnesty: COVID-19 care homes policies violated human rights

Amnesty International have published a report called - As if Expendable - which sets out it's view that the UK Government failed to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sending thousands of patients untested from hospitals into care homes, at the height of a pandemic, was wrong and put lives at risk.

Between 2 March and 12 June 2020, 18,562 residents of care homes in England died with COVID-19, including 18,168 people aged 65 and over, representing almost 40% of all deaths involving COVID-19 in England during this period. According to Amnesty's report ... 

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Our website!

We are *revamping* *our website!* We have seen usage of the site grow considerably over the past six years and we have added a lot of content too. We want to make the site easier for our users to navigate, keep what is working well…

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Safeguarding audits for charities

NEW from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) - safeguarding audits for charities.

Safeguarding audits can help get to the heart of what is helping or hindering good safeguarding in your charity. SCIE are offering help to the charity sector to develop a roadmap for development that is rooted in a solid understanding of the wider system and factors at play for your organisation and area of work. On the SCIE website you will find information on ... 

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Mental Capacity Act - legal update with Tim Spencer-Lane (via Zoom)

St Thomas Training are hosting a Mental Capacity Act legal update with Tim Spencer-Lane on Friday 6th November 2020, 10.00am - 12.30pm. Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law. He currently works for the Government Legal Department (Department of Health and Social Care) where he advises on mental capacity and mental health law. 

This live briefing session will covered the following topics:

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