News articles and updates

The below captures some of the latest articles, research and news that is relevant to Adult Safeguarding.

Covid-19 Scams

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. 

Media reports suggest that this particular scam is targeted elderly and vulnerable people. 

It is important to be alert to these types of scams and to remember that the NHS will never ask you to share your banking details. Genuine text messages from the UK Government will only come from UK_Gov and you will only ever be directed to GOV.UK/coronavirus.

If you have already shared banking details after having received a similar message, you should contact your bank.

For more advice on keeping safe from scams during the pandemic, visit our page dedicated to adult safeguarding advice in the context of Covid-19

The Archers tackles the 'hidden' connection between disability and modern slavery

The BBC radio series 'The Archers' has been tackling the issue of Modern Slavery. In the latest episode it was revealed that the three British-born men, who have been enslaved by builders and kept at a secret location, all have a learning or mental health disability. 

The Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board is focused on raising awareness of this issue. 

Victims of modern slavery are forced, deceived or coerced into exploitation. It is often is often a hidden crime. Victims may be too scared to disclose what has happened to them, sometimes for fear of violence to them or their family. Some victims do not even realise that they are being exploited. This simple leaflet outlines some of the possible signs that someone is a victim of crime. 

Modern slavery in the UK can take many forms, including forced sexual exploitation, domestic slavery or forced labour on farms, in construction, shops, bars, nail bars, car washes or manufacturing. To help you understand the different types of modern slavery, take a look at our leaflet.

If you are concerned you’ve come across modern slavery it is important you report it if you feel safe to do so.
In an emergency, you should always call 999. In a non-emergency, call the police helpline on 101.

For confidential advice, you can also contact the modern slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700. 

Webinar: Safeguarding for trustees of faith-based organisations

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), as part of the Safeguarding Training Fund in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund, are pleased to invite you to our online webinar on the safeguarding responsibilities for trustees in faith-based organisations.

To find out more and to register for your free place, visit SCIE's webiste

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2020

National Safeguarding Adults Week logo

We all have a role to play in safeguarding adults and Safeguarding Adults Week gives us the opportunity to come together to improve our understanding. Each day of the week we’ll focus on a different safeguarding theme, including Making Safeguarding Personal, Mental Capacity and self-neglect. To find out more about our plans for this week and sign up to our events, click here.

We will also be publishing a daily bulletin each day, available to download here.