News articles and updates

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

Safeguarding Adults Masterclass: New permanent learning resource

Lambeth SG Masterclass Booklet

Following the success of last year's masterclass series, the Board had now produced a new booklet which captures the essential knowledge and legislative frameworks that can guide professionals working with adults at risk.

The content includes key areas for multi-agency learning including:

  • Coercion and Control for capable adults
  • Self-Neglect & Hoarding
  • Making Safeguarding Personal
  • Safeguarding Adults Reviews  
  • Modern Slavery  

The booklet provides links to further resources and research on best practice.

This masterclass booklet can be found on the LSAB website alongside a wide range of different resources to support frontline practitioners, from awareness raising material to guidance and policy.

This project was supported by the Lambeth Together project, a new initiative which  sees organisations working alongside the communities they serve. The Board hopes to continue collaborating with Lambeth Together as we embark on new projects.

Responding to Self-Neglect

On the 1st July, the Community Reference Group (CRG) a hosted an event for voluntary and community sector workers which explored the vital role that these groups and individuals play when responding to the complex issue of self-neglect in a person-centred way.

Self-neglect includes situations where a person is declining support with their care needs, hygiene, health or their environment, and this is having a significant impact on their overall wellbeing. Possible indicators of self-neglect include:

  • Very poor personal hygiene
  • Unkempt appearance
  • Lack of essential food, clothing or shelter
  • Malnutrition and/or dehydration
  • Living in squalid or unsanitary conditions
  • Neglecting household maintenance
  • Hoarding
  • Collecting a large number of animals in inappropriate conditions
  • Non-compliance with health or care services
  • Inability or unwillingness to take medication or treat illness or injury

Self-neglect is a key priority for the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board. It is a key theme in many Safeguarding Adults Reviews across the country, and recent SARs in Lambeth have also highlighted important learning in this area.

As well as providing space to learn about self-neglect, the event also encouraged attendees to think about what more they could do within their organisation to help protect adults at risk from abuse and neglect. To help guide participants, the CRG developed a pledge document that lists simple ways to raise awareness of adult safeguarding and play a preventative role – this handy tool is available to download from our resource page.

See the latest news and updates from the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board

LSAB Bulletin

The June 2019 edition of the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board newsletter has been published. The latest updates include details on how to access resources to help promote adult safeguarding and information on the Safeguarding Hub for Central South Borough Command unit.

The newsletter also includes a focus on modern slavery.

More than 7,100 suspected victims of modern slavery were identified across the UK in 2018, with London the location for the highest number of suspected victims (1,477). The increase in calls received by the Modern Slavery Helpline is a reflection of increased public awareness of modern slavery. Nonetheless, more still needs to be done to give people the confidence to report their concerns. Analysis of entries to the Safe Car Wash app found that between June and December 2018, 41% of users were advised to call the Modern Slavery Helpline after answering a series of questions. Only 18% of people went on to make the call.

The Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board on a practical level, recognises there is a need for practitioners and the Board to build confidence and ensure familiarity with the safeguarding implications of modern slavery, which is why it is part of the Board’s strategic objectives this year.

To read the full update, please see below.

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