SAB News

Please see below for the latest updates from the Safeguarding Adults Board. For news from the LSCB visit here

 

26 June 2018

Scam Awareness Month

June is Scam Awareness Month. The campaign aims to give consumers the skills and confidence to identify scams, share their experiences and to take action by reporting suspicious activity. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Scammers use speed, surprise and secrecy to catch you out.
Take time to talk about scams

Scams
There are many different types of scams, from investment, pension, and door-to-door scams, to dating, banking, internet and phone scams. Anyone can fall victim to a scam, regardless of age, gender, education, and income levels, and nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by fraudsters¹. However, some adults may be especially vulnerable to this type of financial abuse. Older people appear to be less confident in their ability to spot a scam, and less likely to take measures to protect themselves when compared to other groups². 

Unfortunately, victims of scams or fraud often feel ashamed and it is estimated that only 5% of victims report the crime³. By discussing scams, we can improve awareness and help combat the stigma surrounding them.

If you suspect someone you know may be vulnerable to scams or fraud, please encourage them to look at the Little Book of Big Scams. This booklet, adapted by Sussex Police, covers many different types of fraud and explains ways in which you can help protect yourself.

Operation Signature
Sussex Police introduced Operation Signature in 2014, to raise awareness in the community, help people take steps to protect themselves, and equip banks and other professionals in contact with older people to spot the signs that someone may be a victim. It also involves practical work with victims to prevent further losses. This includes mail re-direction, offering advice on call blocking devices, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, and referring to other support services. Read more about Operation Signature, and see their latest newsletter, here.

Sussex Elder Abuse Recovery Service
The Sussex Elder Abuse Recovery Service supports those affect by abuse or scams, helping vulnerable older people get back their confidence and get back into the community. You can find out more about the service or volunteer by visiting elderabuse.org.uk/elderabuserecoveryservice or by contacting Gail Shanahan on 07508 823975 or gailshanahan@elderabuse.org.uk

Take Action
If you think you have uncovered a scam, or believe you or someone you know has been targeted, there are many actions you can take:

  • In Sussex, report fraud to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or on 0300 123 2040.
  • If the victim is vulnerable or elderly, you can contact Sussex Police by calling 101 or by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk
  • Get advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline at 03454 04 05 06
  • Speak with friends, family and neighbours about scams you’ve seen

 

Scam Awareness Month, June 2018. #scamaware

 

Sources
¹Sussex Police, “Operation Signature”. Link
²Citizens Advice, “Changing the story on scams”. Link
³Chartered Trading Standards Institute, “Stand Against Scams”, page 3. Link

 

 


 

15 May 2018

Hoarding Awareness Week

This week is National Hoarding Awareness Week (14th – 18th of May), an initiative started by the Chief Fire Officers Association in 2014. Hoarding is a very misunderstood condition which requires professionals understand how it manifests itself and how to talk to people who have these issues. The government’s Care and Support Statutory Guidance names hoarding as a form of self-neglect and stresses the need to assess individuals on a case-by-case basis. The need for a safeguarding response will depend on the individual’s “ability to protect themselves by controlling their own behaviour”, which some individuals may no longer able to do without external support.

Locally, the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has worked with other agencies to develop the Brighton Hoarding Framework. The document sets out a framework for collaborative multi-agency working within Brighton and Hove. The aim is to ensure that every contact counts, and that anyone coming into contact or working with someone who is hoarding in our City has knowledge and awareness of the tools and resources available to be able to offer help and support. This document contains background information as well as practical tools such as the clutter rating, and local contact details.

The video below was made by Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board, in which Keith describes how hoarding affected his life and, with the right support, his journey to recovery. Professionals also discuss the challenges hoarding can present and approaches that can help support recovery.

 

 

Resources for Professionals

Hoarding Awareness Week Website

NHS Health A-Z – Hoarding Disorder

Care and Support Statutory Guidance

 

Local Resources

Brighton Hoarding Framework

Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure Manual, Appendix 5 – “Guidance to support people who self-neglect”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Hoarding Leaflet

 

 


 

4 May 2018

Self-Neglect Learning Briefing

In October 2017 the East Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) published the findings of a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR), following the death of a 64 year old man (Adult A), who was living in a care home in East Sussex. Adult A was subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) as he was deemed to lack mental capacity to decide where to live. There were concerns of self-neglect as he often refused care and treatment. You can read the full report and a detailed learning briefing of the SAR on the East Sussex SAB website. Although Brighton & Hove services were not involved in the Adult A SAR, Self-Neglect was a key consideration from SAR X.

Sharing learning is a key priority of the board. A Self-Neglect Learning Briefing has been developed and will therefore be shared with all staff working with adults with care and support needs in Brighton & Hove. The briefing covers:

  • What you need to know about self-neglect
  • How to raise concerns about adults who may be self-neglecting
  • How to manage complex cases and multi- agency responses

 

Further Resources

Brighton Hoarding Framework

Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice

 

Brighton & Hove X SAR Briefing

East Sussex Adult A SAR Learning Briefing

 


5 February 2018

Updated advice on Safeguarding for Charities

The Charity Commission says safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

Last December the Charity Commission sent a regulatory alert to charities about the importance of safeguarding following a number of serious incidents. The Commission also updated their Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities. The strategy reminded trustees that they should proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of their charity’s beneficiaries and take reasonable steps to ensure that their beneficiaries or others who come into contact with their charity do not, as a result, come to harm

The  Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement said that the commission’s case work showed that “…problems in charities often result from basic failures by trustees to understand and fulfil their legal duties. In the area of safeguarding, this can include failing to recognise that your beneficiaries may be at risk or vulnerable in certain situations, or not taking proper steps to protect others who come into contact with your charity, such as staff members and volunteers”.

The Commission has today published an updated regulatory and risk framework; the updated document explains the Commission’s approach to risk-led regulation and sets out how it prioritises both reactive and its proactive engagement with charities, including the development of policy and guidance aimed at enabling charity trustees to run their charity effectively.

The framework is designed as a guide for the Commission’s staff and as a reference tool and guide for those involved in charities, notably trustees, staff and professional advisers.

Read more here

 

Resources

Updated Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities

Updated Regulatory and risk framework

 

Guidance for Charities on protecting vulnerable groups and children

Guidance on reporting a serious incident in your charity

Whistleblowing: guidance for charity employees

 


29 January 2018

#EndFGM

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation takes place on the 6th of February. Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 9,179 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. 87% of these attendances were in midwifery or obstetrics services, where this was reported. The average age at attendance was 31 years.

 

In the same period, within Brighton & Hove there were:

  • 15 newly recorded cases
  • 5 cases where the woman was between the age of 25-29, 5 cases between the age of 35-39, (5 unknown)
  • All 15 newly recorded cases involved pregnant women
  • 5 were attending midwifery services, 10 attending obstetrics

Source: NHS Digital – “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): April 2016 – March 2017”

 

Help and support is available

FGM can be an extremely traumatic experience that can have lasting physical and emotional effects. Talk to your GP or another healthcare professional if you’re experiencing emotional or mental health problems that may be a result of FGM.

  • If someone is in immediate danger, contact the police immediately by dialling 999.
  • If you’re concerned that someone may be at risk, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 028 3550 or fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk.
  • If you’re under pressure to have FGM performed on your daughter, ask your GP, health visitor or other healthcare professional for help, or contact the NSPCC helpline.
  • If you’ve had FGM, you can get help from a specialist NHS gynaecologist or FGM service – ask your GP, midwife or any other healthcare professional about services in your area. Download a list of NHS FGM clinics (PDF, 422kb).

 

 

Resources for professionals

Healthcare professionals have a duty to report where an individual is under 18. Where the woman is over 18, signpost the woman to services offering support and advice. You may also need to carry out a safeguarding risk assessment considering any children who may be at risk from, or may have had, FGM

 

Department of Health

 

Home Office

 

Local Resources

 

 


2 January 2018

Modern Slavery

The recent Safeguarding Adults Board conference benefited from a workshop on Modern Slavery. The workshop gave an introduction to the terminology used when discussing modern slavery and clarified the ‘Duty to Notify’ introduced by the Modern Slavery Act 2015, considered to be a ground-breaking piece of legislation.

Even where a potential victim of Modern Slavery does not consent to a referral into the ‘National Referral Mechanism’ (NRM), public authorities have a Duty to Notify the Home Office, giving anonymised information about their suspicions. This duty is poorly understood by staff in the public sector and there are concerns that many potential cases of modern slavery go unreported. 

The aim of the ‘Duty to Notify’ provision is to help the government build up a picture of the scale and nature of modern slavery in the UK today, recognising the complexity of situations where victims may not recognise that they are being exploited or where they are too afraid to engage with the authorities.

Access Point (for concerns about adults) and Front Door for Families (for concerns about childrenare the teams who would carry out this formal notification on behalf of the City Council. Sussex Police also have a duty to notify the Home Office of their concerns under the Act. 

Futher guidance on the ‘Duty to Notify’ is available here.

 However it is important to note that other public authorities and NGOs are also able to make a voluntary notification despite not being bound by the duty, in order to help build the picture of modern slavery in the UK.

We also discussed the importance of reporting concerns to the local police – even if the case does not meet the threshold for a safeguarding enquiry. Police reiterated that small pieces of information, for example about a particular address, may help them to piece together a picture that could lead to a successful operation to remove someone from a situation of modern slavery and/or prosecute a perpetrator.

 

 

Multi-agency training

‘Hidden children, working with invisible families’

 

Home Office Resources

Modern slavery training: resource page

‘Modern slavery: A briefing’

Guidance on the National Referral Mechanism

 

 

 

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare contact Front Door for Families on 01273 290400

 

If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult contact Access Point on 01273 295555

 

 


6 December 2017

Safeguarding Adults Conference

On 1 December 2017 over 150 people from the police, health, council, charities, social care providers and more came to Brighton & Hove’s 10th annual Safeguarding Adults Conference. The conference was chaired by Graham Bartlett, the independent chairperson for Brighton & Hove’s Safeguarding Adults Board.

The conference included a keynote address from Lynne Phair (Independent Consultant Nurse) on showing care and compassion in difficult situations. Brighton & Hove has committed to becoming a restorative city so there was great interest in the second address on Family Group Conferences and the important contribution they can bring to putting the person at the heart of planning around safety and support.

There were eight workshops with topics including:

Deprivation of Liberty (Slides)

Personality Disorder (Slides)

Modern Slavery (Slides)

Disclosure and Barring Service (Slides)

Domestic Violence (Slides)

Self neglect (Slides)

Making Safeguarding Personal (Slides)

Family Group Conferences (Slides)

Concerns and Consent  (Slides)

 

Delegates said:

“It was useful to meet colleagues from a wide range of agencies including the council, voluntary sector organisations and other providers. It was also useful to refresh my knowledge of how the Care Act has changed things and how processes now work”

“All very relevant”

“The speakers were well chosen and workshops were current and educational”


30 November 2017

Safeguarding Spotlight: Homelessness Audit 

The Safeguarding Adults Board have conducted a multi agency audit to look at the safeguarding responses to homeless adults in Brighton & Hove. The audit assessed whether the needs of vulnerable people who self-neglect, misuse substances, have come to the recent attention of Police, have poor mental health and/or have had a recent health crisis, are being appropriately addressed. The key findings can be broken down into the following areas:

  • Multi-agency working & information sharing
  • Safeguarding & self-neglect procedures
  • Working with clients with multiple and complex support needs

Read more about the findings in the Staff Briefing: Homeless Audit 


27 October 2017

Safeguarding Spotlight: Homelessness

Thursday 30 November 2017 – 3-4.30pm

This one and half hour briefing is provided by the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) to share the findings from a recent piece of quality assurance work which looked at the experiences of four individuals experiencing homeless in the city.

This work bought together professionals from agencies across the city to discuss the services and interventions provided to four actively homeless clients.

We considered both the strengths and difficulties of practice whilst exploring:

  • Evidence of multi-agency partnership working
  • Quality of information sharing
  • Evidence of client involvement  in decision making and care planning
  • Evidence of appropriate safeguarding actions taken –  referrals, escalation and consistency
  • Adherence to self neglect procedures
  • Information sharing

This event is part of the Safeguarding Sussex Week, and is presented in partnership with BHT. Book your place here


12 October 2017

Universal Credit Update 

Universal Credit will be rolled out in full in Brighton & Hove over the coming months. Universal Credit replaces Jobseeker’s Allowance (income based), Employment Support Allowance (income based), Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.

This means that most working age people who make a new claim for benefits, or have a significant change of circumstances will claim Universal Credit, not the benefits they would claim now. Some single people are already able to claim Universal Credit.

The key differences between Universal Credit and current benefits are:

  • It has to be claimed and maintained online
  • The rent element will normally be paid to the person claiming, not their landlord
  • Payment will normally be made once a month to one person in the household.
  • The first payment will normally take at least six weeks but people can talk to the Jobcentre about asking for an advance payment
  • Help with housing costs for 18-21 year olds has been restricted to those that are deemed to be vulnerable

If any of these issues could cause problems for people it is very important that they tell the Jobcentre about them so they can be appropriately helped, this includes people with alcohol/drug problems and physical or mental health issues. The Jobcentre can advise about how a person can get help to go online, help with budgeting, find out about advance payments and about possible different ways of getting paid.

Brighton & Hove City Council have produced a booklet for professionals who support claimants who may be on benefits. It explains some of the main changes and where people can get additional help in Brighton & Hove: Universal Credit in Brighton & Hove

For more information on Universal Credit please visit www.gov.uk/universalcredit 
For links to local information go to www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/universal-credit  


6 September 2017

Safeguarding Adults Conference

Join us on Friday 1 December 2017 for the 10th Annual SAB Conference. The day will have a mix of presentations and workshops designed to suit the wide range of people involved in safeguarding adults,

There are two key note speakers: Alison Powney from Daybreak will present on Family Group Conferencing, and Lynne Phair, Independent Consultant Nurse, will speak about Showing Care and Compassion in Difficult Situations. You will also be able to attend two workshops to further explore the and complement the learning from the presentations.

The conference is for all staff and managers who support adults at risk of abuse or neglect, including Adult Social Care, Health, Police, Community Safety Partnership, Housing, and not for profit and further relevant organisations.

To book your place please visit the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway. This event will be part of the Learning Together to Safeguard Sussex week, running from 27 November – 1 December 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

 


 

31 August 2017

Adult Safeguarding: Easy Read Leaflet

Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) have worked together with East Sussex SAB & West Sussex SAB to produce an easy read leaflet explaining clearly to adults with care and support needs what abuse and neglect is, and how to stay safe and get help.

The leaflet can be downloaded here: Easy Read Leaflet: What you can do if someone is abusing you or someone you know

 


7 April 2017

#WeStandTogether – One Voice Statement

Following the incident in Westminster on Thursday 23 March, the city’s One Voice partnership has reaffirmed its commitment for Brighton & Hove’s ‘city values’ based on pluralism, equality, fairness and respect for all.

One Voice brings together the council and Sussex Police with the city’s communities, faiths groups and minorities tackling racism, intolerance and extremism.

The statement contains information about the threat level, which has not changed following 22 March incident, and advice on reporting to the anti-terrorist hotline and reporting of hate incidents.

You can find the links to the statement on:

council website:  www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/press-release/citys-one-voice-partnership-statement-westminster-incident

Community Safety website: www.safeinthecity.info/westandtogether