News articles and updates

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

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.


Lambeth Council gives funding to domestic violence charity

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Lambeth Council has given funding to domestic violence charity Refuge to help workers connect with victims during the Covid-19 outbreak, with money going towards laptops for workers to increase their ability to connect and provide help to victims as the country isolates.

Councillor Ed Davie, Lambeth’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said the council wanted to support organisations which work to protect people. 

Charity warns of increased risk of elder abuse during coronavirus self-isolation

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In an article by The National, the Hourglass charity – formerly known as Action on Elder Abuse –fears social distancing and self-isolation guidance means there is a “significant increased risk of abuse and neglect” to the older population as household tensions rise.

We all have a role to play in safeguarding adults at risk. During this pandemic, the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board will be kept up to date with information which may be helpful to you directly or if you are trying to help someone else. It is vital that we all come together to support and protect those who are most vulnerable. People need to be encouraged to offer help to elderly and other vulnerable people in their neighbourhood using the precautions that government has outlined, to reduce transmission.

If you older person who is concerned that you may have been a target for abuse, or if you are worried about an older friend, neighbour or family member, you can also call The Hourglass Helpline on 0808 808 8141, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Trained and experienced staff and volunteers will listen to your concerns and provide suggestions and advice. The helpline is free to call and entirely confidential, and the number will not appear on your telephone bill. You can also email at

Lambeth Council also has a coronavirus helpline for people aged 70 or over and people of any age with the health conditions: 020 7926 2999 (The helpline is open from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday).

You can also sign up for email updates about coronavirus in Lambeth.

If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.