Financial Abuse and Scams: Guidance for Councillors, Directors, Managers and Social Work Practitioners

The NTS Scams Team are currently focussing on establishing a partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to engage at a national level to improve local partnerships and operational delivery. Helping to raise awareness of abuse and improve safeguarding practices, ADASS, in partnership with the Local Government Association, Adult Principal Social Worker Network and National Trading Standards, has published guidance on financial abuse and scams, for Directors and people working in social care.

The guidance and other publications can be found via the following link https://www.adass.org.uk/greater-awareness-needed-to-prevent-abuse-of-older-people-with-care-and-support-needs-says-adass and is also available in our Resource zone.

Resource for Health & Social Care Professionals

Stop Loan Sharks: Illegal Money Lending

Over 310,000 households in the UK use illegal money lenders every year. Unauthorised lenders, or loan sharks as they are more commonly known in the UK operate a money lending business without permission from the Financial Conduct Authority and are acting illegally. The guide is to aid Health and Social Care Professionals. Please use the link below to access the Resource Zone

Resource Zone

The Cherry Tree Café Activitea

The Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Dementia Action Group are now running a social afternoon event every Thursday of activities and afternoon tea suited for people with dementia and their carers.

The events are taking place in the Cherry Tree Café in the Velmore Centre, Falkland Road, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3GY. More information can be found in the flyer below:

Cherry Tree Café Activitea

SCIE Quick Guide: Moving between hospital and home, including care homes.

Moving between hospital and home, including care homes – A quick guide for registered managers of care homes and home care.

Published: September 2017

Registered managers and their teams play an important role in supporting people when they are transferring in and out of hospital. This quick guide provides a brief overview of how managers can work with hospitals to ensure a good experience of transition for the people in their care.moving-hospital-home

The guide includes:
What you can do to ensure successful transitions
What you can expect from your local hospital team
What you should expect after discharge
Further information

Fundraising Preference Service

In 2015, a Cross-Party Review of Fundraising Regulation recommended that a service should be set up for members of the public to control the nature and frequency of charity communications that they receive. The Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) has now been launched to ensure that people can easily manage these communications.

You can find further information and leaflets regarding the FPS and the link to their website on our Resource Zone page

Online Self-Harming Game

HSAB has been made aware of an online ‘game’ which encourages young people to self harm for 50 days and then take their life by suicide on the last day. It is  believed that the game originated in Russia and there have been reports of its use in other areas of Europe. We have been asked not to circulate the name of the ‘game’.

Public Health England advice is to treat this information and the sharing of the information with extreme caution and ensure sensitive communication. Emails and communications can promote the issue and cause harm through undue concern and inadvertently encouraging risky behaviour. Specifically they are recommending the name and descriptions of the alleged-game is not shared . PHE recommends that concerned parties should relay generic advice. The following pointers should be helpful:

Revised Statutory Guidance to the Care Act

On 10th March the Department of Health published the refreshed edition of the Care and Support statutory guidance. The statutory guidance supports implementation of part 1 of the Care Act 2014 by local authorities, the NHS, the police and other partners. The new edition supersedes the version issued in October 2014. It takes account of regulatory changes, feedback from stakeholders and the care sector and developments following the postponement of social care funding reforms to 2020.  The guidance is being published as an online document and the new format is intended to be read online and so has improved navigation and search functionality. Not all chapters have been revised and some have only received minor clarifications to improve understanding following feedback from the sector.

Statutory Guidance to the Care Act 2014 (Updated March 2016, DH)

The link below indicates where changes have been made and provides more detail on the more significant changes.

Table summarising revisions to the Care Act 2014 Statutory Guidance

The Department of Health has also update the series of factsheets about the Care act 2014.

Care Act 2014 Factsheets (Updated March 2016, DH)

Revised Statutory Guidance to the Care Act 2014 – March 2016

The revised Statutory Guidance to the Care Act 2014 has been published.  The main change is the removal of the DASM role replaced with a new section on allegations management. There is also a new section on practice leadership relating to core agencies.  Some forms of abuse such as financial and domestic abuse have been expanded to reflect new legislation. The link to the new statutory guidance can be found below:

Revised Care Act Statutory Guidance (March 2016)

Please find a summary of key changes to Chapter 14 of the Care Act 2014 in the link below.

Key changes to Chapter 14 of the Care Act 2014 Statutory Guidance March 2016

 

SAR referral form

As part of its review of the Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) process, HSAB has revised the SAR guidance and referral form. The referral form explains when to make SAR referrals and outlines the decision making criteria the board will use. Please can you use this form for any referrals and cascade this to relevant colleagues.

icn_web Serious Adult Reviews

 

Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board Strategic Plan 2016/21 – Now Published

Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board Strategic Plan 2016/21

This Strategic Plan highlights the HSAB’s strategic priorities and objectives over the next five years. A number of factors have helped to shape and influence these priorities including a review of the Board carried out earlier in the year, response to national developments, the findings of a major stakeholder survey undertaken in January 2016 and feedback gained from a series of engagement events held in May 2016. For more detailed information on this plan and others, please visit our Strategies & Plans page.

HSCB FGM Strategy

Hampshire’s Safeguarding Boards have collaborated to  develop a new multi-agency policy and practice guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This covers mandatory reporting duties relating to girls under 18 year old and also our wider responsibilities to women over 18 years who may have been subject to FGM. Copies of these documents can be found in the Professionals area of the website.

Launch of the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight PREVENT Partnership Board Website

This week the Hampshire and IOW PREVENT Partnership Board published its new website. It hosts a wealth of useful information and resources relating to the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism. Links to national and local guidance, training, resources and support organisations can be found on the PREVENT Website which can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.hampshireiowpreventboard.org.uk

 

Launch of the Wellbeing Trigger Tool

Hampshire County Council’s Supportive Communities Team have developed a new Wellbeing Trigger Tool e-learning package. This is a free 45 minute interactive training tool to help volunteers, neighbours and the general public and professionals  to help people to stay well, independent and safe in their own homes for as long as possible.  With a focus on helping people to help themselves, thinking about quality of life and remembering to ‘Think Carers!’, this light touch training tool will help anyone to support someone in their local community. The training also introduces the new ‘Connect to Support’ website which offers information and a directory of services for Hampshire residents.  Please use the following link to access the training or alternatively, you can access this through the ‘Community and Your Area’ section from the Hantsweb host page:

http://www.hants.gov.uk/pactelearning/triggertool/story.html

Please share this training as far and wide as you can as it is helpful to all. You are welcome to put a link to the training on your own websites. Your local Voluntary Service will also be offering a free community based version of this training from October 2016.

HSAB Annual Report 2015-2016

HSAB has published its annual report for 2015/16. This outlines the activities undertaken by the Board over the past year to enable it to fulfil its statutory responsibilities regarding the strategic development and oversight of adult safeguarding across Hampshire.  This report covers a one year period (1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016) and highlights the Board’s progress and achievements in delivering its strategic priorities and objectives and provides a review of its business plan highlighting challenges and also key achievements. It also outlines the areas requiring focus for the coming year.

The report can be found by clicking the link below:

HSAB Annual Report 2015-2016