Helen Wilsdon — BA(Hons) — CQSW — PTLLS — HCPC Registered (Number SW85071) Delivering Specialist Training for Safeguarding Adults

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Happy New Year

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2020. It’s amazing how quickly time passes and its hard to believe that we’re at the start of a new year again. This is often a time for reflection as well as giving us an opportunity to look forward.

I would like to begin this year by remembering that in its broadest terms,  ‘Safeguarding’ is everyone’s business and revisiting the basics of safeguarding adults

Adult abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere, and the responsibility for dealing with it lies with us all, as members of the public or volunteers and professionals.

The Care Act 2014 statutory guidance defines adult safeguarding as:

‘Protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. 

A local authority must act when it has ‘reasonable cause to suspect that an adult in its area (whether or not ordinarily resident there):

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs),
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
  • as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.’

So, safeguarding is for people who, because of issues such as dementia, physical or learning disability, mental ill-health, or substance abuse, have care and support needs that may make them more at risk to abuse or neglect.

The first priority should always be to ensure the safety and protection of the adult at risk.

All staff and volunteers from any service or setting should know about the Care Act 2014 which give us the legislative framework to respond to abuse, neglect & exploitation

All staff and volunteers have a duty to act in a timely manner if they have a concern or suspicion that an adult at risk is being abused, neglected or exploited and a duty to ensure that the situation is assessed and reported appropriately.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON TRAINING YOUR STAFF ABOUT SAFEGUARDING ADULTS AND THE CARE ACT 2014, PLEASE CONTACT US

With best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2020

Kind Regards

Helen

 

Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

“The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 has now received Royal Assent and become law.

The legislation provides for the repeal of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) contained in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), and their replacement with a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

The LPS establishes a process for authorising arrangements enabling care or treatment which give rise to a deprivation of liberty within the meaning of Article 5(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), where the person lacks capacity to consent to the arrangements. It also provides for safeguards to be delivered to people subject to the scheme.

The government is currently working on the LPS code of practice, which it has committed to publish for public consultation later this year. A number of regulations will also need to be drafted before the legislation can be implemented.

The government has not yet announced the date on which the legislation will come into force. But it is possible that this could take place in Spring 2020. The government has confirmed that for up to a year the DoLS system will run alongside the LPS to enable those subject to DoLS to be transferred to LPS in a managed way.”

Written by Tim Spencer-Lane and published in Community Care April 26, 2019

Source and for further information, click here; https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2019/04/26/law-authorising-deprivation-liberty-will-change/

Self-Neglect, Elsie, a case study

‘Elsie was the expert in her own situation and had an 87 year start on the social workers and others who tried to fix her within weeks’

This article, published on the Community Care website, follows the story of Elsie, who is deemed to be self-neglecting. It highlights the ethical and professional difficulties when working in this area.

The full article can be accessed here: www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/09/28/self-neglect-someone-safeguard-elsies-story/

Number of adults subject to a section 42 safeguarding enquiry rose 6% in 2016-17

Official figures show there were 109,145 adults subject to an enquiry in 2016-17, compared with 102,970 the previous year. The majority, 60%, were female and 63% were aged 65 and over.

The findings were published in NHS Digital’s annual safeguarding adults report, which is based on data collected from local authorities with responsibility for adults’ social services.

A safeguarding concern is where a local authority is notified about a risk of abuse. Some of these concerns will lead to a section 42 enquiry, where the adult meets criteria under the Care Act 2014, or an ‘other enquiry’, where the adult does not meet the criteria.

Concerns and enquiries

In 2016-17, there were 364,605 safeguarding concerns raised, which equates to almost 1,000 per day nationally, the report found.

Councils in the South East of England saw the highest number of concerns and enquiries, with 53,990 safeguarding concerns raised, and 24,615 enquiries carried out.

In comparison, concerns were lowest in the North East of England, with 29,890 raised. However, this area had the highest number of concerns actioned by social work teams, with 64% converting into either a section 42 or other safeguarding enquiry.

Source Community Care November 17, 2017 in Adults

For the full article, click here

Chief social worker issues guidance on adult safeguarding responses to pressure ulcers

Guidance includes assessment to guide professionals on when to raise pressure ulcers with adult social care services as a safeguarding concern

The chief social worker for adults has issued a national framework setting out when adult social services should consider holding a section 42 enquiry in response to concerns about pressure ulcers.

The guidance from Lyn Romeo highlights how hospital wards, care homes and other settings in England should respond when a service user develops pressure ulcers and when to refer the matter to local authority adult safeguarding services.

“Until now, there has been little, if any, consensus about the right agency, or multi-agency, response to identification of pressure ulcers,” Romeo said of the guidance.

“Pressure ulcers are truly dreadful for those who experience them – and distressing too for their families, friends and carers. The damage cannot be over-stated and they continue to be a major challenge for health and care practitioners across sectors.”

Adult safeguarding

“Most pressure ulcers are, in fact, preventable,” she added.

“But to prevent them we need to ensure all health and care professionals (including social workers) involved in the planning, commissioning and delivering of health and social care can spot the risks and take appropriate speedy action.”

The guidance says all instances of pressure ulcers should be reported to local health services even if the service user is receiving social care services.

It also includes an adult safeguarding decision guide for assessing whether the matter should be referred to the local authority as a safeguarding concern.

For the full article click here

Source http://www.communitycare.co.uk

by  on January 31, 2018 in Adults

Government eyes emergency measures to ease DoLS pressures

Emergency reforms to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are likely to be introduced to ease pressures as plans to replace the system have been shelved for at least two years, Community Care has learned.

Government officials are looking at ways to amend the regulations or the code of practice underpinning the DoLS that would help councils tackle the backlog of more than 100,000 cases that has built up since the Supreme Court’s 2014 ‘Cheshire West’ ruling.

This is because plans drawn up by the Law Commission for a full-scale replacement to the DoLS have been put on hold until at least 2019 because there is no space for it in the government’s programme due to Brexit.

Emergency measures under consideration include relaxing the statutory timescales for DoLS applications and the criteria for DoLS assessors, including best interests assessors (BIAs) and mental health assessors.

Any amendments to the DoLS regulations would have to be laid before parliament and any changes to the code of practice would likely need consultation. Consideration is also been given to piloting elements of the Law Commission reforms that are focused on practice, so would not need legislative reform.

Source http://www.communitycare.co.uk – by  on July 25, 2017 in Adults

For the full article, click here

Definition of adult safeguarding

It is important to be clear about who the formal adult safeguarding process applies to. The Care Act statutory guidance defines adult safeguarding as:

‘Protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This must recognise that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.’

This definition hints at the challenges of safeguarding, but it is important to be clear about which adults we are discussing. A local authority must act when it has ‘reasonable cause to suspect that an adult in its area (whether or not ordinarily resident there):

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs),
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
  • as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.’ (Care Act 2014, section 42)

So safeguarding is for people who, because of issues such as dementia, learning disability, mental ill-health or substance abuse, have care and support needs that may make them more vulnerable to abuse or neglect.

Source Social Care Institute for Excellence  https://www.scie.org.uk/safeguarding/adults/introduction/highlights

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON TRAINING YOUR STAFF ABOUT SAFEGUARDING ADULTS UNDER THE CARE ACT 2014, PLEASE CONTACT US

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