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Our events from the past 12 months

Tuesday 5 July 2022

The person with lived experience and the multi-agency team around them  

We're pleased to announce that our second self-neglect and hoarding event will take place in July.  We have interviewed a person, Ms G, with lived experience and you can hear from her and the multi-agency team who worked with her.

Wednesday 22 June 2022, 9.30-11am

In conversation with Alex Ruck Keene

Those of you who have been associated with NSAB for some time will be aware that in December 2020, we were joined by Alex Ruck Keene, an experienced barrister, writer and educator, who introduced us to his work, and talked about mental capacity in the time of Covid.

We're pleased to say that Alex has kindly taken time out of his sabbatical to hold another 'in conversation with' session where the subject of Liberty Protection Safeguards will be covered.  There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

Wednesday 4 May 2022, 10-11.30am

In conversation with Daphne Franks

Daphne will talk to Walter Lloyd-Smith from NSAB about her mother, Joan Blass, who was 91 years old with severe dementia and terminal cancer.  Following her death in 2016, Daphne found that Joan's much younger male friend had married her mother secretly.  This meant that, as her legal husband, he had control of Joan's funeral and inherited her whole estate.  Daphne will talk about her campaign to change the law to prevent predatory marriage happening again.

Wednesday 24 November 2021 10-11:30am

Contemporary perspectives on domestic violence of older adults

In conversation with Dr Hannah Bows, Associate Professor in Criminal Law, Durham Law School

This 'in conversation with' between Hannah and Walter Lloyd-Smith from the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board will consider contemporary issues - and opportunities - concerning domestic abuse of older adults.

We will discuss a number of topics, including what is currently known about domestic abuse of older adults, how 'elder abuse' has framed our understandings in ways that are potentially harmful, concerning narratives about dementia and domestic abuse and, hopefully, some basic things we can do which will help address some of these challenges.  

Dr Hannah Bows is an Associate Professor in Criminal Law at Durham Law School, Durham University and deputy-director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA). Her research interests are broadly located in the fields of gender, ageing and crime, with particular interests in crimes against, and by, people age 60 and over. Her current research funded through a British Academy Wolfson Fellowship is examining criminal justice outcomes and decision making in cases involving older adults. Outside of academia, she sits as a magistrate in County Durham and Darlington and was Chair of Age UK Teesside between 2015-2020. 


Join us on Wednesday 3 November 2021 09.30-11.45

NSAB and Lofty Heights: Self neglect & hoarding seminar

A key area of focus for the board, this free session is designed as a starting point for the work we are planning to do as a county to build on existing good practice and develop stronger multi-agency approaches to working with those who self-neglect and/or hoard. 

The session will be led by Olive Quinton of Lofty Heights, an organisation working in Suffolk that provides specialist decluttering, deep cleaning, and similar services. 

They also prepare homes to enable hospital discharges. Olive has very successfully supported our work in Norfolk in past years and brings new examples this year to help us understand the causes and impact of self-neglect and hoarding for those in our communities.  

  • Look at the difference between clutter and hoarding
  • Different types of hoarding
  • Why people hoard and self-neglect
  • Case examples using radio broadcast and photos
  • Discussion groups to help see different perspectives
  • Questions from you
  • The Norfolk perspective

We plan to hold a further event which will feature some of the emerging similar services in Norfolk, and as part of this session we want you to tell us what you would find most useful for that future webinar.