News articles and updates

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

Advance Care Planning by phone or video

Compassion in Dying has published a new resource to support GPs with advance care planning conversations  over the phone or video, in the context of coronavirus.

Publicising the new framework, the charity said that:

"There has never been a more important time to involve people in discussions and decisions about their care. Open and honest advance care planning (ACP) discussions are key to ensuring that people can consider and document what matters to them.

Coronavirus has made having these important discussions more challenging due to social distancing and quarantine measures. Having ACP discussions by phone or video can feel unfamiliar to people and doctors alike, and the GPs we work with told us they want to ensure they are having these discussions as sensitively as possible". 

This framework can be found amongst many other helpful tools on the Compassion in Dying website

Adult Safeguarding and homelessness

The Local Government Association and ADASS have published a briefing on positive practice in adult safeguarding and homelessness.

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.

The briefing includes reference to pathways developed in Lambeth, as well as lessons learnt from SAR Yi.

The full briefing is available to download from the LGA website.

Making your wishes known

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At a time when a lot of people will be thinking through the implications of falling ill to COVID-19, it may be useful to support people to consider what interventions they would not desire to have, should they lose decision-making capacity.

Compassion in Dying have released new information on how to make your wishes known if you get coronavirus.

If you have an opinion about what you would or would not want to happen to you, it’s really important to tell your family and doctor, and write it down. It’s much better to do this now, while you have time to think about it and are able to talk to those close to you than when you are seriously ill.






If you see something, say something

Waltham Forest Council have made a short video with key messages for volunteers to help raise awareness of safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults. Volunteers have an important role to play in safeguarding.

If you see something, say something.

For more resources and local Lambeth services, visit our information page.