Monthly Archives: March 2021

Sasha Safeguarding Adult Review Learning Summary – March 2021

To build on the work already undertaken by partners since publication of the Sasha SAR in May 2020, the HSAB has developed the briefing  linked below which specifically addresses learning relating to the understanding and application of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act specifically where a person is presenting with severe self-harm and suicide behaviour and is refusing treatment:

SAR Learning Point 6: The Provisions of the Mental Health Act should be applied robustly in order to ensure safety and treatment. This will prevent confusion as to the status of a detained person as well as clarity regarding use of the Mental Health Act and/or Mental Capacity Act.

SAR Learning Point 7: Mental Capacity needs careful and robust assessment where a person is presenting with severe self-harm and suicide behaviour and is refusing treatment.

SAR Learning Point 8: Advance decisions should always attract questions and seeking of legal advice in cases of self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

This briefing is intended as a useful tool to support and guide for staff working in this particularly complex and challenging area of practice.

 Sasha Safeguarding Adult Review – Learning Summary

Domestic Abuse Bill – Committee Stage

February has seen the completion of the Committee Stage of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Lords.

Key amendments proposed by peers this month included those raised to:

  • give powers of entry to registered social workers where there is suspected abuse of adults at risk
  • place a duty on Local Authorities to report suspected abuse when they conduct financial assessments for adult social care
  • make sure that controlling or coercive behaviour carried out by a relative, is an offense irrespective of if the relative lives with the victim
  • clarify certain wording contained within the Bill.

The Domestic Abuse Bill will now move to the report stage, which gives all members of the Lords a further opportunity to examine and make amendments to the Bill.