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Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis

Safeguarding adults with dementia is an important part of everyday work for providers of adult social care. The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have published a quick guide aims to support care providers and staff to safeguard people with dementia during the crisis.

There are increased concerns that, during the COVID-19 crisis, people may be more vulnerable to abuse or neglect. This may be a result of:

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CQC Coronavirus Insight Report

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a document looking at the pressures Coronavirus places on adult social care. The report reviews data on outbreaks, deaths and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE). It also highlights the impact of coronavirus on staff wellbeing and the financial viability of adult social care services.

The report will be ... 

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Occupational Therapist’s unique role in safeguarding adults

An Occupational Therapist Practice Consultant in Norfolk has used her particular set of professional skills to safeguard vulnerable adults in a care home setting.

The Norfolk County Council OT was doing a seating assessment in a Norfolk care home when, prompted by her professionally curiosity, she realised that the equipment was being commonly used as a ... 

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SafeLives #ReachIn campaign

SafeLives are running a survivor-led social media campaign called #ReachIn, which looks to encourage people to offer support to their friends, families and people in communities who may be experiencing domestic abuse

SafeLives have shared content on their social media channels with the hashtag #ReachIn, ... 

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Hidden Harms Summit

The Hidden Harms Summit was hosted by the Prime Minister, last Thursday (21 May), and involved three breakout sessions covering issues including domestic abusechild sexual exploitation/abuse and modern slavery.

There were a number of announcements surrounding the summit, including work on a ... 

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Norfolk Domestic Abuse Radio Advert

From today a radio advert relating to domestic abuse will be delivered across Norfolk’s local radio stations.

The key aim of this advert is to alert neighbours, family, friends, general public and professionals if they see or hear any form of domestic abuse they can seek further support and help from the police, national domestic abuse helpline or by visiting the Norfolk County Council domestic abuse help webpages.

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FREE train travel to those fleeing domestic abuse during Coronavirus lockdown

People fleeing domestic abuse anywhere in Britain during the Coronavirus lockdown can apply for FREE train travel to refuge accommodation, through a partnership between train companies and Women’s Aid. 

How does the scheme work?

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Updates from SCIE

Here are some key update & publications from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). 

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FAQs on COVID-19 adult safeguarding

The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in England (ADASS) have published a very useful set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on COVID adult safeguarding (22nd May 2020).

These FAQs are grouped under three headings:

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Social connection in the COVID-19 Crisis

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration (APPG) decided to hold a two-part inquiry about social connection during the COVID-19 crisis. The APPG put out a call for written evidence, supplemented by three online evidence sessions held in mid-April 2020.

Questions that the first part of the inquiry looked at included:

  • What issues has the COVID-19 crisis raised in relation to social connection and integration?
  • Who is at risk of social isolation? ...
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Reflective practice in crisis situations

Health Psychology Exchange has published this rapid review of the evidence on reflective practice in crisis situations. In the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic this review asked the question: 

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7 of the biggest scams targeting vulnerable people during lockdown

Our thanks to Solihull Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) for the following information.

In response to the increasing and ongoing threat from scams linked to COVID-19, Solihull's SAB has collated details of seven common scams reported nationwide - that people should be aware of:

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FREE Safeguarding Adults: Level 3 Training

Health Education England (HEE) and Future Learn's next Safeguarding Adults: Level 3 Training course has just started on Monday 18th May. You can still sign up. Its FREE.

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Citizens Advice Domestic Abuse Service at Norwich Combined Court

While staff and volunteers for the Citizens Advice Family Court Domestic Abuse Service have had to withdraw from delivering face-to-face support at Norwich Combined court at this time due to COVID-19, they are continuing to deliver the service via phone, explaining what will happen at the hearing and ... 

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Norfolk Against Scams Partnership: anti-scamming campaign launched

Today the Norfolk Against Scams Partnership launches an anti-scamming campaign. This three-week campaign will have different focus on partners’ social media platforms each week, using the hashtag #NorfolkScamAware.

The three themes are ... 

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