New adult safeguarding improvement tool published

NHS Confederation, 30 March 2015

The NHS Confederation has joined forces with four other leading national organisations to produce a new resource for those involved in adult safeguarding – an improvement tool based on the Adult Safeguarding Standards.

Click here for further information and to download the tool.

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Adult safeguarding – Signs and indicators of abuse: At a glance 69

Social Care Institute for Excellence, January 2015

People with care and support needs, such as older people or people with disabilities, are more likely to be abused or neglected. They may be seen as an easy target and may be less likely to identify abuse themselves or to report it. People with communication difficulties can be particularly at risk because they may not be able to alert others. Sometimes people may not even be aware that they are being abused, and this is especially likely if they have a cognitive impairment. Abusers may try to prevent access to the person they abuse.

Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect. This At a glance briefing aims to help people who come into contact with people with care and support needs to identify abuse and recognise possible indicators. Many types of abuse are also criminal offences and should be treated as such.

Types of abuse:

Physical abuse
Domestic violence or abuse
Sexual abuse
Psychological or emotional abuse
Financial or material abuse
Modern slavery
Discriminatory abuse
Organisational or institutional abuse
Neglect or acts of omission
Self-neglect or self-abuse

Click here to view the full briefing.

Social work with adults: progress report

Department of Health, October 2014

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, sets out progress in improving social work with adults in her first annual report.

The report looks at issues for social work with adults, including:

  • ensuring social work’s role and values are recognised in the implementation of the Care Act
  • working with ADASS, the LGA and principal social workers to create the conditions for excellent social work practice
  • improving the education and training of social workers by introducing national assessment criteria for social workers at the end of their first year in employment

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities

The Home Office, 23 October 2014

Launched at the policing and mental health summit of October 2014, this booklet helps the police to identify those who may have mental health problems, learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities and suggests the most appropriate response.

Click here to download the guidance.

Police chief calls for records access

E-Health Insider, 11 August 2014

Police should be given greater access to medical records without patient consent, a senior police chief has argued in an interview in which he also called for a register of vulnerable people to be set up to facilitate this…

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