Hampshire and Isle of Wight drug alert

Reports of separate incidences in Fareham and Gosport of drug overdoses and drug related deaths amongst opiate users have recently been raised.  The incidences relate to the use of heroin and crack. It is not known as this stage if this is as a result of a contaminated, adulterated or unusually strong drugs.

Local anecdotal reports suggest that the impact of COVID-19 could be potentially affecting the purity of available substances or influencing the amount people are taking by either buying more due to fears of a drought or perceptions of reduced strength/purity.

Please see further information in the poster attached below and circulate this information to relevant partners and service users.

SHIP Drug Alert Poster

Domestic Abuse – COVID-19 partnership and service information

The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership has highlighted that domestic abuse is of increasing concern during the lockdown period of the current coronavirus crisis. It has created a dedicated page on its existing website to host this information:

Hampshire Domestic Abuse: Information and Updates

Links to this page have also been placed in a banner at the top of its usual homepage:

Hampshire Domestic Abuse

Silent Solutions

Information has been produced to help  if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but are unable to speak. If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine.

Information and guidance can be found in the documents below:

         

 

Safeguarding and DBS Factsheet: FAQs

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have produced a FAQ document to accompany their Safeguarding Factsheet. It is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time, and is split into two sections:

  1. Advice for those organising a community volunteer group, and
  2. Advice for individuals wanting to assist those in their local community

The factsheet can be viewed here:

Safeguarding and DBS Factsheet

Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness Briefing

The purpose of this briefing is to assist senior leaders, such as members of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs), as well as commissioners, practitioners and operational managers who are working across relevant sectors and agencies in this field, to support people who are homeless and at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect. This is a complex area of safeguarding adults’ practice. It requires an integrated whole system response. The intention is that the briefing will support and improve practice and encourage debate about policy and service development.

 

There are 11 sections in this briefing. Particular focus is given to working with people experiencing multiple exclusion homelessness. The eleven sections include an outline of relevant law and a summary of learning from safeguarding adult reviews. Effective practice is explored through a focus on working with individuals, the multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team around the person, organisations around the team, and governance.

 

The briefing forms part of a sector-led improvement project. The briefing concludes with a list of resources and identifies how the project will be taken forward to further inform policy, service and practice development. 

 

At a local level Homelessness is a priority for the HSAB this year, with the HSAB Housing subgroup working on the production of Homelessness guidance, as well as campaign materials being designed by the Stakeholder subgroup for circulation to raise awareness of the links between homelessness, abuse and safeguarding.

 

Corona Virus Scams – Information from Trading Standards

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Trading Standards have produced the social media pack below, alongside a press release (https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article/505/beware_of_covid_19_scams) and letter template.

Please share the posts in the media pack to draw attention to the infographic, which provides information on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus scams. The Friends Against Scams training has been updated to include further information on the types of coronavirus scams the team have seen and actions to take to protect yourself and others.

               

Community Partnership Information Sharing Forms

Sharing of information is critical to developing a clearer picture of local and wider issues, to inform the actions police need to take to reduce threat, harm and risk.

Hampshire Constabulary are seeking the support of partners, education staff and practitioners to share information known to them which, often without realisation, could provide crucial links where gaps in intelligence might exist.

To help improve information sharing, the CPI form gives professionals a safe and direct way to share non-urgent information with police relating to children/adults at risk of:

  • Missing, Exploited, Trafficked
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Criminal Exploitation
  • Drug Related Harm
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Community Cohesion
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Organised Crime

 

The CPI Form: Use and Process Summary

If the information known to you is non-urgent, not a crime and a child/adult is not at immediate risk, this is appropriate to be shared as police intelligence using the CPI form. The CPI form is not a referral form, it is for sharing non-urgent information only specific to the risks listed above.

Upon receipt of a CPI form, intelligence handlers assess it to determine the level of risk and priority, this process can amount to one of the following outcomes:

  • CPI sanitised an intelligence log created – added to police systems for officer awareness/action
  • If information details a crime, this is tasked to the crime desk for allocation to be investigated
  • If there is a concern for safety, it will be referred to the relevant safeguarding services/teams
  • In some cases, no action will be taken

For more information, and access to the CPI forms, please click here

NEW SCAM ALERT: Scammers Posing As HCC Officers

Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service have been made aware of false claims, on the phone and at the door, by people purporting to be officers from Hampshire County Council, regarding Care Packages/Carers.

In this case the resident, who is already in receipt of a private care package, received a call from a person who claimed to be from Hampshire County Council. The caller said they would be visiting the resident to discuss their care package. This was followed up by a visit to the resident’s home at 7pm by 1 male and 1 female.

The resident had previously checked with their care provider, who confirmed there was no problem with their care package, that this was not Hampshire County Council, and not to open the door to anyone.   This was confirmed by Adults’ Health and Care. The resident did not let them in, even when the male made the treat that they would have no care provision from the following week if they did not do so.

Residents are asked to be vigilant to this type of scam, and to question any such calls by checking with their care provider using a telephone number they have sourced themselves, not one given by the caller.

Best practice at the door:

  • Don’t answer the door to strangers
  • Look out of a window to see if the caller is known
  • Put the door chain on first to restrict the opening.
  • Do not rely on identity cards as proof that a person is genuine, they are easy to make up.
  • Do not rely on telephone numbers provided by the caller, they may be part of the scam.

To report scams, obtain advice or request a ‘We do not buy goods or servies at the door’ sticker, contact our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Doorstep Crime can also be reported to Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.

Reducing Parental Conflict: Free Professional Development / Training Opportunity

Free multi agency Reducing Parental Conflict training is now available in Hampshire.  Please see the E-Flier below for further details, including how to book onto the training.

 

Are you working with families where parental conflict is a concern?

The Reducing Parental Conflict Training Programme (RPCP) is part of the Government’s commitment to reducing conflict between parents – whether they are together or separated.

 

What is parental conflict?

Evidence shows that parental conflict puts children’s mental health and long-term future life chances at risk, regardless of whether the parents are together or separated, or are biologically related to the child, such as in blended or foster families.

 

Who should attend?

Any professional working with children, young people and families is well placed to be able to spot, intervene and support families where there is conflict in the relationship of parents, whether they are birth parents or step-parents or carers.

 

Why attend?

Quite simply, for the benefit of vulnerable children and young people whose lives you are helping to improve. Parental conflict is known to be a risk factor for poor child outcomes, particularly when conflict is frequent, intense and poorly resolved.

 

Please promote this training amongst your staff/agency. The training is available via both half day face to face sessions across Hampshire and E Learning. Please direct any queries to cs.nominations@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 715669.

 

New Digital Portal to Strengthen Safeguarding Guidance for Charities

The Government has recently launched a new online portal to strengthen support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations. Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with the charity through its work.

The portal can be found here:

Online Portal

It offers a step by step guide to help charities in England correctly manage their concerns and handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity. It also helps identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice. The portal will be promoted by six organisations across England to champion the importance of good safeguarding and locally available sources of advice and support.