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Financial investigation of modern slavery

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, has recently published a new paper urging the police to prioritise financial investigation of modern slavery and human trafficking crimes. Victim evidence is often unavailable in this sort of crime but financial evidence, alongside other techniques such as communications…

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Loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic

The *Office for National Statistics* has produced a very interesting study mapping *loneliness* during the coronavirus pandemic. The effects of lockdowns, social distancing and restrictions on travel and gatherings have unsurprisingly been felt by many. High rates of loneliness and poorer well-being have been reported…

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Domestic abuse and older adults

We've just published some guidance on domestic abuse and older adults.  The guidance provides some though provoking reading and provides links to interesting facts and information on other websites..  

 

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New guidance supporting people living with dementia through safeguarding processes

New guidance published by the Department of Health & Social Care, authored by the University of Bath, aims to protect people living with dementia suffering (or at risk of) abuse by involving them more actively in their care plans. 

It is estimated that 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia and the guidance highlights that they are at greater risk of abuse or neglect than..

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Board manager's April 2021 blog: Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties … ‘shipping forecast’ for adult safeguarding

The skill to deliver complex and ‘dense’ information concisely is one I very much admire. The public presentation of data on the Coronavirus is essential to help us understand what has (and continues) to be happening and then how to beat it.

I was recently involved in a long and busy online meeting for the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board, which included a walkthrough of some complicated data on the virus impact on Norfolk’s care homes. I talked with a couple of my senior colleagues afterwards:

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Legal update sessions

Brush up on your mental health and social care law. Tim Spencer-Lane, a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law, is delivering some Zoom sessions throughout the year, including a review of the Mental Health Act 1983, on Wednesday 14…

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Parliamentary report on loneliness

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness (APPG on Loneliness) has published its first inquiry report makes the case for a ‘connected recovery’ from the Covid-19 pandemic. A connected recovery: findings of the APPG on Loneliness Inquiry explores problems and identified solutions within four crucial policy areas, including:

  • translating national policy into local action through local authorities
  • community infrastructure (including housing, transport and public spaces)
  • how to adequately fund the voluntary and community sector upon which social prescribing depends; and
  • designing and implementing ways to test the implications of government policies on loneliness.

Key inquiry findings are ... 

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Update on Domestic Abuse Bill

Domestic Abuse Bill received its Third Reading on Wednesday 24 March 2021, during which Peers welcomed the broad cross-party support the Bill has received and said that the constructive spirit in which the Bill’s proceedings had taken place has resulted in important improvements being made to it. This includes amendments on ... 

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Important learning from review of homeless man's death

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board have just published a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) in respect of Jonathan.

This SAR was commissioned following the death of Jonathan Upex in December 2019. Johnathan was a 46-year-old white British male who was living in a Wellingborough hotel at the time of his death. Jonathan had care and support needs and experienced abuse and neglect, including self-neglect. There were also concerns about how agencies worked together to safeguard Jonathan. 

Jonathan was ... 

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NHS encourages people to seek help if they are victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault

Women who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual assault are being urged to contact the NHS for support, as the number of people seeking help halved during the first lockdown.

Following the death of Sarah Everard and the outpouring from women sharing their experiences of assault and harassment, both in the home and in public, the NHS is calling for anyone who needs assistance to come forward.

Senior NHS leaders have also written out reminding staff how to ... 

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SCIE resources on Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) next year. This was announced in a Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill which passed into law in May 2019.

For the latest updates in relation to LPS implementation see ...

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Update on the Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill was discussed during four days of its Report Stage over the last two weeks in the House of Lords.

Peers scrutinised amendments which included ... 

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Does your GP surgery have a domestic abuses champion? Free training available!

Domestic violence is an abuse of human rights and a major public health problem because of the long term consequences for people who have experienced it.  The RCGP advises that many people experiencing abuse believe that their GP can be trusted with disclosure, and GPs can offer practical support to protect people who disclose abuse.

Domestic abuse champions are trained..

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Additional training dates added for popular course

After the very successful first 'Train the trainer safeguarding awareness' workshop held in February, we have planned two more for this year - one on 30 June/31 July and another on 7/8 October. 

This is usually a one day workshop however...

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Learning Lessons from Safeguarding Adults Reviews 29/30 March: places available

There are a few spaces left on the Learning Lessons from Safeguarding Adults Reviews workshop, which takes place over two afternoons on 29/30 March.

The reviews are conducted when a service user has died or experienced...

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