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:
4LSAB Multi-agency hoarding Guidance FINAL 2019
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:
HSAB Annual Reports
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:
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):
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) in England
Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004 (2007) in Wales
New guidance on Modern Slavery has been added to GOV.UK. The guidance can be found on our Practice Guidance and Resources page here:
Practice Guidance and Resources
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.
Ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week, please find attached an updated Third Party Recording Centres Poster.
Please feel free to disseminate this amongst your network of contacts.
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.
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.
Please follow the link below to view the latest newsletter from the Illegal Money Lending Team, England.
Illegal Money Lending Team, England – Stop Loan Sharks Newsletter
The purpose of this scams bulletin is to enable Hampshire residents to be aware, and therefore guard against the type of scams currently being reported to Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service.
The Bulletin can be viewed here: Scams Bulletin – August 2018
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.
Attached below is the newly updated Hampshire Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2017-22.
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Strategy 2017-22
This 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.
This protocol, and its supporting documents in the online toolkit replace what was previously produced in the Joint Working Protocol (JWP). The information from the JWP has been distilled and presented in a more digestible format, and has been co-produced by agencies in both the children’s and adult’s workforce. The summary and flowchart from the JWP is still available for professionals here.
The aspects of practice described in this protocol are a shared responsibility, and must be at the heart of practice across all partner agencies of the 4LSAB and 4LSCBs.