HSAB Vicky Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR)

The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) has today published a Safeguarding Adults Review that provides an insight into the circumstances of Vicky who lived with a difficult combination of challenges, having developed epilepsy when she was eighteen and later in later life developing mental health and substance misuse issues.  Vicky also became homeless towards the end of her life and very sadly Vicky died on her own, in Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Her death was not directly linked to abuse or neglect, but the HSAB felt that there were important areas of learning about how the local systems responded to Vicky’s circumstances and so this discretionary SAR was commissioned.

 

The key areas of systemic learning that are explored in the review include:

 

  • working with adults who are ambivalent about engaging with services,
  • managing safeguarding in situations of long-term chronic risk,
  • considering issues of mental capacity assessment and the value of multi-agency input to the assessment process,
  • the commissioning challenges related to providing support packages to homeless adults who are eligible for support and
  • the importance of effective communication between primary and secondary health teams particularly when an adult is needing to manage multiple issues such as mental health concerns and epilepsy.

 

The full report and Learning summary can be found here:

Vicky (September 2021) | Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (hampshiresab.org.uk)

Domestic Abuse training opportunities (free)

Please see the list below of free training opportunities provided by Public Health for professionals working in Hampshire.  The full list with learning objectives can be accessed on our Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership training web page: Training and events | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Alternatively, click on the individual course link for more course detail and to book a place.  Please share with your networks accordingly:

For any questions please contact:

Jude Ruddock-Atcherley, Strategic Domestic Abuse Manager Public Health, Adults Health & Care, Hampshire County Council Email: jude.ruddock-atcherley@hants.gov.uk

4LSAB Fire Safety Framework Training Event – 14th October 2021

The 4LSAB Fire Safety Development Subgroup is a partnership led by the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, to ensure that fire safety risk management is embedded into partner working practices to reduce people being killed or seriously injured in fires.

The group recently launched the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework in May 2021, with the purpose of providing all frontline staff, and other professionals, who are responsible for delivering care and support services with support and guidance for the effective management of fire risks within the home or residential setting.

Introducing the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework

To support this launch, a virtual event is being held on Thursday 14th October from 10am till 12.30pm with a number of topics being delivered by local subject leads. The invitation linked below provides further details about the event, as well as how to book.

Invitation to 4LSAB Fire Safety Framework Training Event – 14 Oct 21

HSAB Annual Report 2020 – 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Hampshire Safeguarding Adult Board (HSAB) Annual Report 2020/21 has now been published and can be viewed via the HSAB website here:

HSAB Annual Report 2020 – 2021

Please share the link to the report widely within your organisation, including any internal safeguarding committees and governance boards to ensure they are sighted on the strategic priorities agreed by the HSAB.

Thank you.

Introducing the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework

Introducing the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework

The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board are pleased to announce the launch of the   4LSAB – Local Safeguarding Adult Boards – Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework).

The Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework has been developed to provide all frontline staff and other professionals who are responsible for delivering care and support services with support and guidance for the effective management of fire risks within the home or residential setting.

This tool will help to provide an awareness of:

  • The key risk factors for individuals who have an increased vulnerability towards fire.
  • An understanding of the impact this vulnerability to fire can have on the individual, neighbouring occupants or other residents.
  • The early interventions and control measures available to ensure such risks can be managed in the most effective way.

Please visit the Hampshire and IOW Fire and Rescue Service to watch the launch video on the framework:

Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service, Official website of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service (hantsfire.gov.uk)

Supporting people living with dementia through safeguarding processes

Guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care on supporting people living with dementia to be involved in Adult Safeguarding Enquires has just been published.  This is available from the Gov website here: Supporting people living with dementia through safeguarding processes – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This guidance has also been included within the HSAB website here:

Guidance for people with dementia on safeguarding enquiries

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.

Hampshire Safeguarding Childrens Partnership – New Virtual Learning Programme 2021-22

The Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) has announced the launch of its Virtual Multi-agency Learning Platform programme for 2021-22; free online training to all professionals working with children and families who live in the Hampshire Local Authority area.

The Virtual Learning Platform, consisting of virtual courses, Webinar Wednesdays, and e-learning materials, was developed last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure professionals could continue accessing safeguarding training following the suspension of face-to-face learning.

Since its inception, the virtual training has gone from strength to strength, having had over 3,000 Hampshire delegates attend just the HSCP’s Webinar Wednesdays alone. Feedback received has been positive on the variety of courses offered and accessibility.

This year’s programme will see a repeat of the most popular courses such as An Introduction to Safeguarding Infants, Neglect, and Harmful Cultural Practices, as well as the introduction of new safeguarding themes, including:

  • An Introduction to Keeping Children Safe Online
  • An Introduction to Safeguarding Children with Disabilities (including Learning Disabilities)
  • Working with families with No Recourse to Public Funding
  • New Domestic Abuse themed webinars

To browse the full range of courses for 2021-22 and book your free place, visit the HSCP’s events website now.

If you have any queries regarding this training, please contact the HSCP Events team on hscpevents@hants.gov.uk

National Inclusion Week 2021

Today, 27th September 2021, first day of National Inclusion Week, Hampshire County Council has announced the launch of its new Inclusion Strategy.

The County Council believes that the more diverse and inclusive an organisation is, the more effective it can become.  For the County Council to deliver the best from its services, embracing inclusion and diversity must be among its core values and activities.  It believes its success comes from using its diversity to work together positively, to learn from each other, to share ideas and to build on each other’s experiences for the good of Hampshire residents and for its staff.

Its new Inclusion Strategy is now available to read online and in other formats, on request.

This strategy sets out the County Council’s ambitions and plans for greater inclusivity across all areas of its work, serving the people of Hampshire.

The strategy can be summed up by the acronym “INCLUDE”:

  • Continuously IMPROVE its systems and processes to support the diverse needs of its staff and service users.
  • Work with its NETWORKS and partners, both internally and externally to understand lived experiences and support improvements for the future.
  • Develop its CULTURE so that the lived experience of staff and service users aligns to its values and beliefs.
  • LEARN and develop, both in terms of new skills and new understanding, to better enable it to learn from its mistakes and improve things for the future.
  • Seek to UNDERSTAND the needs and experiences of those it employs and those it serves.
  • Use DATA-led insight to monitor its progress and to develop its systems and processes for the future.
  • Regularly ENGAGE both formally and informally with its staff and service users.

The County Council has a short animation available for you to view which aims to support its overall awareness and understanding of the “INCLUDE” acronym and what it means.

 

Inclusive Employers

Inclusive Employers can be contacted here: Contact Us (inclusiveemployers.co.uk) Their website has all the resources you need to plan Inclusion Week in your organisation.  You can access these here: National Inclusion Week 2021 ToolkitInclusive Employers will also be developing new resources and so please check their website for new information as it becomes available.

 

Hampshire Libraries

How are libraries inclusive?

Libraries are a place for the community.  For all people, from all walks of life to come together to learn, read and have access to resources.  Libraries are a safe space where someone can visit without question, borrow books and so much more!

Libraries also hold stock that is inclusive to all.   They have audiobooks in CDplayaway and electronic format and its eAudiobooks can be slowed down or sped up to make sure everyone can enjoy them.

They have large print books, which are books with larger than average font and Quick Reads, books condensed into a few chapters with slightly larger font, making them perfect for those who struggle finding the time to read, struggle remembering long stories or just want a condensed version of a book.

4LSAB Multi-Agency Risk Management Framework Podcast

The HSAB has published a Podcast on the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Risk Management Framework. The Podcast provides an overview of the MARM Framework and explains how the process can be applied in practice.  Please visit the HSAB Learning Zone to view the Podcast:

HSAB Learning Zone – e-Learning and Podcasts

The MARM Framework can be found on the HSAB website: Multi-Agency Risk Management Framework (MARM) 2020

HSAB Learning and Development Programme – Safeguarding in Transition open for bookings

The  Safeguarding in Transition Workshop  is now open for bookings.

This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to Transitional Safeguarding exploring key issues and themes relating to this challenging area of practice. As well as raising awareness and understanding of national developments and emerging themes the workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to think collaboratively about best practice in transitional safeguarding work. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the key issues and challenges they experience in safeguarding adolescents and young adults, as well as their successes.

Got to the Eventbrite web page to make your booking.

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Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board Learning and Development Programme 2021/22 now published

The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Learning and Development Programme 2021/22 has now been published. Details of courses available, and how to book a place, can be found on the browse and book courses page of the HSAB website at  Browse & Book CoursesA number of dates are still being finalised, but once confirmed will go live on our Eventbrite page. Please watch our website news page and social media for further updates.

 

The HSAB training programme is fully funded by the HSAB and free to attendees.. It can be accessed by all partner agencies. Places must be booked in advance via Eventbrite and only one place can be booked per person using a workplace email address.  All cancellations or changes to bookings must be sent in writing to the hsab@hants.gov.uk. Failure to attend without providing an apology may result in you not being able to book on future courses.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams – be extra vigilant

The HSAB has been made aware that Scammers are trying to take advantage of people’s worries and uncertainty about the pandemic, especially those who are alone, self-isolating or in financial difficulty within the Hampshire Area.

  • The latest incident we have been made aware of is an older person being cold called from an individual claiming to be able to provide a COVID vaccine for a fee.

The NHS is the only organisation which has access to the vaccine, and will never ask for money.   Medical or health professionals will not come to your home unannounced and without prior notification.  If anyone attempts to force or coerce you into handing over funds – in person or otherwise – always contact the police.

Coronavirus-related scams include:

  • Sales of fake products such as face masks, supplements, anti-virus kits and sanitisers, which may be harmful or simply never arrive
  • Bogus healthcare workers who try to gain access to your home by claiming to offer testing for COVID-19
  • People pretending to be from charities offering to do shopping or carry out cleansing tasks
  • Emails asking for donations to the NHS.

The HSAB Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Hub has information on where to get help and find out more information on COVID-19 at:   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Hub | Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (hampshiresab.org.uk)

COVID Vaccination Scam Alert

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. 

 The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam   

 There is a texting scam leaflet you can download here: COVID-19_SMS_and_Text_Message_Scams.pdf (cfa.nhs.uk)

The scam has been reported in the media here: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1378158/NHS-Covid-19-Vaccination-Vaccine-Appointment-Pfizer-BioNTech-Text-Scam-How-To-Avoid

The Church of England wants to hear from victims and survivors as it carries out a full review of past safeguarding cases

Victims and survivors of church related abuse are invited to take part in a major review that has been commissioned nationally by the Church of England across the country. The Diocese of Guildford wants to hear from you, to listen and learn from your experiences.

Coming forward

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Jackie Broadfoot (jackie.broadfoot@cofeguildford.org.uk) on 07918 559387.

A dedicated telephone helpline – 0800 80 20 20 – operated independently from the Church of England by the NSPCC has been set up. We hope this will make it easier for you to talk about what happened to you.

Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context, whether they are reporting issues relating to children or adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.

The Bishop of Guildford, The Rt Revd Andrew Watson says: “It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. Safe means different things to different people but this review will help us to ensure that the concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and the care taken and the support given is of the high quality that people rightly deserve.  We have learnt from a previous review that survivors and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”

We know that local support is also critical. The Diocese of Guildford has established two listening services for those people who have experienced church related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feeling before taking any next step. The two different listening options (one within the Diocese and one managed independently of the Diocese by an organisation called  Thirtyone:eight  will allow those people who do come forward to our Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, to choose who and how they are supported. More details on these two critical listening services can be found  HERE

Lasting Power of Attorney – Lets Plan Ahead Campaign

The Let’s Plan Ahead (LPA) Campaign is a multi-agency initiative which aims to raise awareness and drive the uptake of Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare, hosted on the HSAB website on new, dedicated webpages found here: https://www.hampshiresab.org.uk/lasting-power-of-attorney

 

These pages are intended to provide a range of resources to support both the public and professionals to understand the legal arrangements around making a Lasting Power of Attorney, and to share this information with their family members, within staff teams and within the wider community. There are specific resources related to making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare as the uptake of these is low nationally and every adult should consider having this in place regardless of their age. The resources include short films and information documents which can be downloaded and printed.

 

We encourage all residents of Hampshire to visit the site and consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare. Once you have these arrangements in place you can rest assured that somebody you know and trust, who knows your wishes, will be able to make decisions in your best interests.

HSAB Newsletter Issue 3 November 2020

See  Issue 3 of the HSAB Newsletter by clicking on the image below. The newsletter includes articles on:-

  • Adult Safeguarding Week
  • COVID-19 Mental Health &Wellbeing
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Adolescent to Parent  Violence
  • Self-Neglect