Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board SAR publication – May 2019

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board has just published a Safeguarding Adults Review of “Mr D”. This review considered the care and support in Portsmouth provided by agencies between 2012 and 2017 to a young man with a learning disability. Key themes identified included transition, mental capacity, MSP, professional curiosity, and the need for a family approach.

 

The executive summary report and briefing for practitioners is available on the PSAB website here: http://www.portsmouthsab.uk/scrs-2/

This will be added to the SCIE SAR library in due course.

HSAB and HSCB Family Approach Toolkit and Workshops

The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board and Hampshire Safeguarding Childrens Board will be running a number of joint workshops in June and July 2019. The overarching aim of these workshops is to launch the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton Adults and Children’s Family Approach Protocol and supporting practitioner toolkit.

 

The workshop will use information from the toolkit to support professionals from both children and adult sectors across the Pan Hampshire and Isle of Wight areas to understand how issues including Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Domestic Violence, Learning Disabilities and Neglect, affect all family members, including children (as well as unborn babies) and adults at risk as defined in the Care Act 2014.

 

Delegates will be given time to consider how the needs of children and / or adults living with hidden harm impact on the whole family, and the importance of early identification of these needs and effective communication between services is important in order to support those at risk and their families.

 

The content of the workshops is the same in all locations and professionals from any agency operating in each of the four local authority areas are able to book onto any event for free. The workshop will run for between two to three hours.

 

Please visit our Learning Zone  pages for more information.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an initiative which will be supporting hundreds of events around the country to raise awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for everyone.

More information on mindfulness is available at NHS Choices.

Safe Car Wash app

The Safe Car Wash app is a new tool that will enable the largest community intelligence gathering exercise ever attempted in the United Kingdom.

Download the free app onto your smartphone. When you are using a hand car wash, simply open the app and complete a short survey about the working conditions of the car wash.

The app will ask a series of questions related to the indicators of modern slavery and if there is a high likelihood that modern slavery is occurring in the hand car wash, you will be asked to report your concerns to the Modern Slavery Helpline. The data the app collects will be anonymised and shared with the National Crime Agency and the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority, two law enforcement agencies who are leading on efforts to stamp out modern slavery across the UK.

Further information and a link to download the app can be found here:

https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/safecarwash

Service Announcement from Yellow Door (April 2019)

Yellow Door and Southampton Women’s Aid have merged into one specialist charity committed to preventing and responding to domestic and sexual abuse. There are no significant changes envisaged any to services other than that they will all now come under the umbrella of Yellow Door. Any further relevant changes  will be communicated as they arise, but for the time being all contact details for both services remain.unchanged.

 Please pass on this communication to your relevant teams and contacts as appropriate.

 If you have any questions, then please contact Yellow Door at:

www.yellowdoor.org.uk

t: 02380 636312

Child Criminal Exploitation/County Lines and Police Information Sharing Processes: Free Training Events 2019

Hampshire Constabulary are hosting a number of events across the county for external partners relating to Child Criminal Exploitation/County Lines and Police Information Sharing Processes specific to the use of the Community Partnership Form.

 

The first event is being held in Southampton on May 8th, with a second in Basingstoke on 27th June and a third in Portsmouth on July 8th – further events will be held after the summer break, the first being on the Isle of Wight at the end of September (date to be confirmed).

 

Booking for the Southampton event is live and can be made through Eventbrite – please find below the link to the Safe4me events article which provides the link to Eventbrite booking page, additional information about the event and a list of future locations. Please do forward this information on to relevant colleagues and partners you think would benefit from the event.

 

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/2019/03/26/free-child-criminal-exploitation-police-partnership-information-sharing-workshop/

 

If you are interested in attending any of the future events, where details are not yet confirmed, please register your interest with maria.carrick@hampshire.pnn.police.uk to ensure that you are notified when the booking process is live.

Family Approach Protocol

The Family Approach Protocol has been commissioned by the 4 Safeguarding Children Boards (4LSCBs) and 4 Safeguarding Adult Boards (4LSABs) in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. The protocol was commissioned in response to findings from a range of reviews across all Board’s which highlight the need for professionals to work effectively together to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and their families across all areas.

The information in this toolkit has been jointly developed by the 4LSCBs and 4LSABs. It is free to access and available to all practitioners from any agency / organisation working with children, adults with care and support needs, and their families across the areas.

Click here to access the toolkit.

HSAB-HSCB Logos

 

4LSAB Multi-Agency Hoarding Guidance – Published January 2019

4LSAB Multi-Agency Hoarding Guidance has now been published. The document sets out a framework for collaborative multi-agency working across Hampshire using a ‘person centred solution’ based model to support those demonstrating hoarding behaviours.

The purpose of this guidance is to support providers, practitioners, and other professionals to identify when to raise concerns regarding poor self care or lack of care for living conditions, identify agencies who can provide support and set out what they may expect by way of a response and encourage and support defensible decision making in accordance with our duty of care. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Hampshire 4LSAB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Policy.

The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Hoarding Guidance can be viewed here:

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup 4LSAB Multi-agency hoarding Guidance FINAL 2019

HSAB Annual Report 2017 – 2018 Published (December 2018)

HSAB has published its annual report for 2017/18. 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.  The report 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:

icn_web HSAB Annual Reports

Government Guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) published – October 2018

Guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) for all persons and bodies in England and Wales has been released on GOV.UK.  It was first published in 2016 but has just been updated (October 2018). The guidance can be found here:

icn_web Multi-Agency Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation

You must read and follow this guidance if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. You should read this FGM guidance along-side other safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):

icn_web Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) in England

icn_web Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004 (2007) in Wales

New resources from the Home Office available linked to Serious and Organised Crime – October 2018

Please find below links to information supplied from the Home Office regarding a number of recently published sector based resources for frontline staff on serious and organised crime. The guidance is aimed at supporting policing and other statutory frontline staff – particularly those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults – in identifying potential victims of this type of criminal exploitation. It sets out the signs to look for in potential victims, and what action staff should take so that potential victims get the support and help they need. The document supplements an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies.

 

This is the guidance:

Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance Sept 2018

 

Alongside the guidance, there are also resources for frontline professionals to help policing and statutory staff recognise the signs to look out for, that could indicate that someone is a victim of county lines gangs:

Protecting vulnerable people from exploitation resources for frontline professionals Sept 2018

 

The Home Office is also raising awareness of county lines across a range of non-statutory sectors. Here are the resources for staff working in the following sectors:

Materials for the social housing sector are currently being developed and will be available shortly.  Finally, there are also some social media resources: Social media resources.

HRDA: High Risk Domestic Abuse

HRDA is a daily meeting of professionals from a variety of agencies, including police, social workers, domestic abuse services, health and housing. You have been identified as being potentially at high risk of harm and will be/were discussed at one of these meetings. The aim of the meeting is/was to ensure that all agencies are aware of your situation and the risk you face so that actions can be taken immediately to try to keep you safe. Professionals will share/shared information relating to risk from any known history of the domestic abuse, the perpetrators offending, their records and current police reports on a confidential basis. This information, along with what you may have asked your specialist domestic abuse worker to share, is used to assess your risk, who that risk is from and to, and which professionals are best placed to help you stay safe.

High Risk Domestic Abuse (HRDA) meetings

Colleagues in the Hampshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) are working closely with partner agencies to introduce daily High Risk Domestic Abuse (HRDA) meetings.

These are multi agency meetings that will consider high risk domestic abuse incidents on a daily basis.

The HRDA meeting will be chaired by police and have a core attendance of:

  • Children’s Services, via MASH
  • Adult Health & Care, via MASH
  • A MASH Health professional and
  • A specialist domestic abuse worker.

The HRDA meeting will relocate work from MARAC to MASH, which will ensure that those families affected by domestic abuse will receive a faster, more co-ordinated response, with support and the required intervention being provided closer to the timing of the incident. The specialist domestic abuse worker will ensure that the voice of the victim/survivor is represented at the planning stage.

Introduction of HRDA meetings aims to reduce duplication of work for police, health, Children’s Services Department (CSD) and Adults’ Health and Care (AHC), as there will be fewer cases needing research. This, in turn will reduce the time spent on MARAC attendance. As well as securing early specialist domestic abuse involvement, the HRDA will ensure a consistent threshold is applied to high risk domestic abuse cases.

There will be a two week pilot of the HRDA daily meetings process in late September 2018. Subject to positive response and outcome from all parties, it is anticipated that the process will be rolled out shortly afterwards.

Modern Slavery Protocol for Local Authorities

Please find links to the newly published Modern Slavery Protocol for Local Authorities in the Practice Guidance and Resource webpage. These resources have been produced to help improve the Local Authority’s response to human trafficking and modern slavery, in particular the identification and support offered to adult survivors. The guidance provides non-prescriptive steps to follow when a potential victim of human trafficking or modern slavery is identified. It should be adapted to each local authority’s internal structures.