HSAB Survey – please take part

The HSAB has an interest in a range of matters that contribute to the prevention of abuse and neglect including the safety of patients in its local health services, quality of local care and support services, effectiveness of prisons and approved premises in safeguarding offenders and awareness and responsiveness of further education services. HSAB’s remit is to set priorities, agree objectives and to co-ordinate the strategic development of adult safeguarding across the HCC area.

To help the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board to understand what is important to local people when it comes to safeguarding adults at risk from abuse or neglect and how to prioritise and improve safeguarding services, we have created a questionnaire.

We are keen that we reach out as far and as wide as possible with the questionnaire, and therefore your participation in the survey will be very welcome.

The survey will only take about 10 mins to complete and a link to the questionnaire can be found here.

 Your comments will help the HSAB understand what the most important issues are for local people and we will use this to refresh our strategic plan which will be published on our in the future.

Closing date for submission of completed questionnaire is 27th April 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.

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

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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Citizens Advice – Summary of winter projects

Citizens Advice is a network of independent charities offering free confidential and impartial advice online, over the phone and in person. We can all face problems that seem complicated or intimidating and Citizens Advice provides good quality, independent advice to help people at a time of need. Citizen’s Advice Hampshire has published a number of winter initiatives to support people in Hampshire over the winter period. Please share these widely.

Citizens Advice – Summary of winter projects

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 Courses. A 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.

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership – Free Domestic Abuse Training Opportunities

Listed below is a great range of free training webinars  being run over the next few months by the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership.   Book on soon to secure a place and  share this information with your colleagues.

Further details and all courses are listed on the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership Training and Events webpage.  There are lots more new courses on their way shortly so check in regularly to see what’s new!

21 January 2021: Alcohol and Domestic Violence

21 January 2021: Counselling Skills for Those Working with Survivors (CPD accredited)

27 January 2021: An Introduction to Honour Based Abuse (HBA), Forced Marriage (FM) and Dowry

27 January 2021: Domestic Violence and Mental Health

3 February 2021: Introduction to Gender-based Violence

8 February 2021: Becoming Trauma Informed for Health and Social Care Managers (CPD accredited)

16 February 2021: Domestic Abuse – How to Ask & Responding to Disclosures

26 February 2021: Introduction to Gender-based Violence

1 March 2021: Trauma Informed Practice for Health and Social Care Workers

3 March 2021: Understanding the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Domestic Abuse Perpetrators and Violent Offenders

16 March 2021: Alcohol and Domestic Violence

17 March 2021: Domestic Violence and Mental Health

 

Pre-recorded webinars – available anytime

‘8 days a week’: A snapshot report on the precariousness of LGBT+ domestic abuse services’

Lockdown Changes: A Support Seminar by Safe Lives

Covid-19 Domestic Abuse Crisis: Working with Police partners on responding to the ‘shadow pandemic’

 

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: https://www.hampshiresab.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-public-and-professionals

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: https://cfa.nhs.uk/resources/downloads/fraud-awareness/covid-19/COVID-19_SMS_and_Text_Message_Scams.pdf

 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

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Call for Evidence

The Government is seeking views to help inform the development of the government’s next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.  They are particularly keen to hear from people who may feel underrepresented in previous strategies or who feel their circumstances were not supported by existing services.  In addition to those with lived experiences of these issues, they are also seeking the views of those with expertise in working with victims and survivors, those involved in preventative activity, and those involved in providing services. This includes relevant professionals, such as those working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, public health and healthcare.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/violence-against-women-and-girls-vawg-call-for-evidence

The consultation closes on 19th February 2021.

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  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 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

Stop Domestic Abuse: COVID-19 Service Delivery Extension of Advice Line Hours

As an important element of their COVID-19 pandemic response, Stop Domestic Abuse will continue to extend the opening hours of the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line until 31 March 2020. Details of the services available are as follows:

 

Stop Domestic Abuse

COVID-19 Service Delivery until 31 March 2021

 

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service

Email: advice@stopdomesticabuse.uk

Secure email: advice.hampshire@stopdomesticabuse.cjsm.net

Telephone: 033 0016 5112

 

Advice Line opening hours:

For victims, perpetrators and their family/friends and professionals

9.30am-8.00pm Monday –Friday.

 

Refuges can be accessed 24 hrs by calling 033 0016 5112 and following the answerphone instructions.

 

Portsmouth Integrated Domestic Abuse Refuge and Outreach Service

Email: portsmouthreferral@stopdomesticabuse.uk

Secure email: portsmouthreferral@sdas.cjsm.net

Telephone: 02392 065494

Opening hours: 9:00am – 9.00pm Monday-Friday

Weekends and bank holidays 10:00am-6.00pm

HSAB Annual Report 2019 – 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Hampshire Safeguarding Adult Board (HSAB) Annual Report 2019/20 has now been published and can be viewed via the HSAB website here:

HSAB Annual Report 2019/20

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.

Self Neglect Learning Briefing

All organisations across the 4LSAB (Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth) have launched a campaign to raise awareness of Self Neglect.

A Self Neglect Learning Briefing for professionals and a One Minute Guide to Self Neglect for general use have been produced. Please click on the images below to see this literature.

 

          

4LSAB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidance 2020

It is with great pleasure that we are able to inform you that the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidance (2020) has now been ratified by the four Local Safeguarding Adults Boards covering Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.  This has been a collaborative process involving key stakeholders and safeguarding partners across the four areas.

The new 4LSAB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Policy and Guidance has been updated to reflect recent changes in the Care and Support statutory guidance (March 2020), new and emerging national guidance as well as changes to other legislation linked to adult safeguarding work. It provides an overarching framework to inform safeguarding practice for the local safeguarding system as a whole. Individual agencies and organisations may wish to develop their own internal business process to aid the operationalisation of the multi-agency arrangements within their own organisation.

The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidance is being published as a web-based resource, hosted by the HSAB.  This approach will improve accessibility and will simplify the future updating of Policy and Guidance in the future. Please use this link to access the new policy and guidance:

4LSAB Multi-Agency Policy and Guidance.

Using drugs or alcohol is never an excuse for violence or abuse

“Alcohol, drugs and stress make me violent”.  Ever heard yourself say that?

Substance use, stress, anger and trauma do not explain or excuse violence – they do not cause you to be abusive or to hurt someone you love.  Most people who drink never use violence or abuse. There is #noexcuseforabuse.

Domestic abuse includes a range of abuse (not just physical) which is an attempt to control and manipulate a partner or ex-partner.  It is unacceptable but help and support is available.  Our services are open and they want to hear from you.

Help is available from:

Advice Line (provided by Stop Domestic Abuse) 03300 165 112 weekdays 9.30am-8pm

COVID helpline for perpetrator support and interventions (provided by the Hampton Trust) 02380 009898, advice@hamptontrust.org.uk

  • One You offers free information and advice on easy ways to gradually drink less
  • Drink Coach offer a free, quick and confidential test to find out how risky your drinking is.
  • A local confidential alcohol helpline is available in Hampshire for people who want further support: 0300 303 3539
  • If you need help with an alcohol or drug problem you can contact Hampshire treatment services for adults or young people. Support is also available to those affected by someone else’s use of drugs or alcohol.  https://www.inclusionhants.org/.

Domestic Abuse help is out there for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender + (LGBT+) communities

Domestic abuse by family, partners, and ex-partners happens in all communities, including to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender +.  Your abuser may also use your sexuality and gender identity against you as a tactic to keep the power and control in your relationship.  This is not ok.

You are entitled to help as much as any other person.  Help is available, services are open and inclusive, and they want to hear from you.  You will be believed.

Help is available from:

 

 

Advice Line (provided by Stop Domestic Abuse) 03300 165 112 weekdays 9.30am-8pm

 

  • Galop – for members of the LGBT+ community

 

Galop is the LGBT+ specialist anti-violence charity that works on issues of hate crime, sexual violence, and domestic abuse. Galop runs the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline:

Telephone: 0800 999 5428

Email: help@galop.org.uk

  • Hampshire Police Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs)

Officers dedicated to supporting members of the LGBT+ community. Trained to respond to LGBT+ domestic abuse and undertake specific risk assessment.

 

  • YOU Trust refuge, Dorset

 

Offers a service to support people from LGBT+ and BAME communities, male victims and women will older boys who would not be able to access most refuge spaces.

Telephone: 0800 032 5204

Email: youfirst@theyoutrust.org.uk

 

For more information:

HSAB Stakeholder Survey – please take part

the HSAB has an interest in a range of matters that contribute to the prevention of abuse and neglect including the safety of patients in its local health services, quality of local care and support services, effectiveness of prisons and approved premises in safeguarding offenders and awareness and responsiveness of further education services. HSAB’s remit is to set priorities, agree objectives and to co-ordinate the strategic development of adult safeguarding across the HCC area.

To help the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board to understand what is important to local people when it comes to safeguarding adults at risk from abuse or neglect and how to prioritise and improve safeguarding services, we have created a questionnaire.

We are keen that we reach out as far and as wide as possible with the questionnaire, and therefore your participation in the survey will be very welcome.

The survey will only take about 10 mins to complete and a link to the questionnaire can be found here.

 Your comments will help the HSAB understand what the most important issues are for local people and we will use this to refresh our strategic plan which will be published on our in the future.

Closing date for submission of  completed questionnaires is 27th April 2021.

Support Mental Health Issues During Lockdown

Mental health issues related to our lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression.  As we go into a second lockdown please keep a lookout for your family, friends and neighbours who may be struggling.

SHOUT is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Text: 85258

SAMARITANS – Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free of charge)