News articles and updates

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

Making My Wishes Known Event - 25th April 2017

Making My Wishes Known

The LSAB Community Reference Group recently held an event at We Are 336, Brixton which aimed to help the Lambeth Community (both professionals and residents) think about their future choices and how to record these on an 'advanced statement.' It also encouraged people to think about how to decide who could speak for them, at a point when they are no longer able to, by setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney.

As part of the event we heard from four excellent speakers who volunteered their time and expertise, and would like to express our thanks to Craig Ward (Solicitor and Expert in Lasting Power of Attorney & planning), Francis Lyons (Partner, Capsticks Solicitors LLP), Compassion in Dying (Charity) and Cordwell Thomas (Mental Health Advocate).

We had an amazing turnout at this event and wish to thank all those who attended the event and contributed to the valuable discussion about Lasting Power of Attorneys, advanced statements and advanced decisions. We hope that each person who attended was able to take something away that will help them to plan for their future and ensure that they can make their wishes known.

The Community Reference Group now hope to build on the success of this event and continue to develop a community programme which raises awareness around issues relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and safeguarding adults. Please keep an eye out on our training and events page for details of future events.

New Online Hate Crime Hub

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A new Online Hate Crime Hub has been launched by the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. At the launch of the new hub, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that five specially trained Met officers would ‘work with community experts to develop the police's understanding of online hate’. The hub will be able to refer victims to support groups and will work with local borough police teams to investigate crimes.

Victoria Wright, a disability and disfigurement rights campaigner in London, described the hub as a ‘much needed initiative’ and said that it is ‘vital that those of us who are victims of online hate crime receive a robust response from the police"

To read the full report, please visit the BBC website.

Reporting hate crime makes a difference and you can make a report whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else. Remember - Challenge it. Report it. Stop it.

 

To report an incident of hate crime in Lambeth you can:

- Use Lambeth Council’s online reporting form to contact the Community Safety service.

- Get support from DASL’s Hate Crime Advocacy and Outreach Worker or visit the We Are 336 Reporting centre

- Report an incident or crime online, using TrueVision, which goes to your local Police Force (for Lambeth, choose Metropolitan Police, London)

If you are in danger, always call the police on 999. If you have experienced an incident but are not in immediate danger, you can also call the police on 101.

Discriminatory abuse such as hate crime may also be a safeguarding concern. Information on how to raise a safeguarding concern can be found on our website. If you are not sure if an incident of hate crime is also a safeguarding concern, you can email safeguardingadults@lambeth.gov.uk for advice. 

Successful conviction of fraud by abuse of position

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The BBC have reported on the successful conviction of Stephen Floyd, a man who persuaded two elderly women to grant him power of attorney before using their money to fund a gambling habit. 

In addition to gaining power of attorney, Floyd also persuaded the women to change their wills to make him the main beneficiary. Floyd used their money for other purposes than their own care, placing one victim into nursing care before selling her home and spending £230,000 of her money. He lost over £50,000 of the money through gambling at bookmakers.

Floyd also persuaded a second victim to trust him and went on to take out £32,000 of loans and a £20,000 mortgage in her name.

A police investigation was eventually launched when concerns were raised by the Office of Public Guardian about Floyd's role as the women's attorney.

To read the full report, visit the BBC website

Make It Your Decision

Make It Your Decision

Many people assume that there’s nothing they can do to prepare for their future treatment and care. But there are things we can do now to plan ahead and ensure that what matters to each of us is known about at the end of life. This is the focus of a new campaign, Make It Your Decision, launched last week by Compassion in Dying – the first of its kind to encourage people to plan ahead for their treatment and care and make their wishes known.

The campaign will convey the importance of considering, discussing and taking action to document your wishes, the simple and free ways to plan ahead, and that there is support available to do so.

To launch Make It Your Decision Compassion in Dying are sending posters and postcards to GP surgeries across the country. These resources and a new animation are all available from the campaign site www.MakeItYourDecision.org.uk.

For more information or to get involved visit www.MakeItYourDecision.org.uk or contact Compassion in Dying’s free Information Line on 0800 999 2434.

 

The LSAB Community Reference Group are also planning an event which will explore similar issues in planning for the future. This will take place on the 25th April 2017 at We Are 336 in Brixton. Please keep an eye out on the Training and Events section for further updates and details about this event.