Safeguarding 2020 Conference Breakout Sessions

SessionAim / ObjectiveOverviewLeadBiography
Adult Safeguarding and Multiple Exclusion HomelessnessAim: To share an evidence-base for best practice. Objectives: to identify learning from four workshops on adult safeguarding and homelessness; to disseminate the briefing that has been written; to discuss next steps in this service improvement workWork funded as part of the Care and Health Improvement Project (DHSC funded; LGA and ADASS supported) has sponsored four workshops on this topical issue. A briefing on best practice has been developed, using an evidence-based framework and supported by examples from practice, SARs and local policy development. The session is an opportunity to review what has been learned, gather further examples of good practice and to outline next steps for the project and for SABs and partner agencies.Michael Preston-Shoot and Adi CooperMichael is Independent Chair of Brent and Lewisham SABs. Adi is Independent Chair of City of London and Hackney, and Haringey SABs.
Are you listening? Making a difference through people’s experiences and involvementAim:
To highlight different ways people are contributing to improving Safeguarding practice
To promote discussion and learning across London of innovation happening in Making Safeguarding Personal
Hear from people who are working in new and different ways with their local Safeguarding Adults Board to improve the experiences and gain positive results for people who have gone through the Safeguarding. Each Safeguarding Adults Board is responsible for Making Safeguarding Personal and in this session we look at how different partners are working to fulfil this agenda. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the examples they hear about, share their experiences and take away the learning to their local areas.Facilitator: Alvin Kinch, Volunteering and Regional Manager, Healthwatch England
Presenters: Raksha Pandya, Mind in Harrow, User Involvement Coordinator and two other presenters to be confirmed. Grahame Snelling, Healthwatch Kingston Board Member and Safeguarding Representative
Alvin has worked in the public & patient engagement and involvement field for over ten years. She has a passion for ensuring people are engaged to the highest level in their own health and care decisions and delivery as well as in wider services development. She is a member of the London Safeguarding Adults Board where she leads on a project to raise the profile of service user involvement and engagement within the board.

Grahame joined Healthwatch in August 2013, and was delighted to become the chair at both a challenging and exciting time for the National Health Service. He feels strongly that patients and service users must get the best possible experience when they access services at their GP, hospital or in the wider community. Grahame was previously a senior manager in Children’s Services at a local authority where he took the lead for developing strategic links with local health services.
Embedding making decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries framework across London Discuss how we will roll out the guidance across different councils and to explore what approach we want in London to the consistency issue? This will build on the four workshops that were facilitated by Mary Wynne and Carmen Colomina over the last few months. The session will cover:
• A briefing on the guidance
• Findings from the previous 4 workshops
• Discuss the pros and cons of consistency and the practicalities of rolling this out.
Carmen Colomina
Fire Safety – the forgotten riskAim:
To raise awareness of the characteristics and behaviours that increase fire risk for vulnerable people, and the actions that can be taken to reduce that risk.
Participants will be able to:
Recognise individuals who are at high risk of having a fire
Identify the key high risk factors
Know what actions to take to reduce those fire risks
Participants will have an awareness of:
The Person Centred Fire Risk Assessment Checklist
How to contact the London Fire Brigade
Since 2014, 40 per cent of deaths at accidental dwelling fires have involved an individual who was in receipt of a care package in their own home . In many of these cases, there were signs that the individual was at risk from fire but these were not recognised and, as a consequence, not reported to the Brigade.
Support workers have unique access to people’s homes and can play a vital role in alerting the Brigade to cases where the risk of injury or death as a result of a fire is likely. The session will include information regarding fire risk, signs that indicate an individual is at risk and actions to take to reduce those risks.
Use of a case study will enable participants to identify recurring risks at fatal fires and introduce use of tools to help identify the risk and take action to reduce them.
Tracey Hall
Community Safety Senior Development Officer
London Fire Brigade
Tracey Hall: I have worked in the Brigade’s Community Safety Department for 11 years, previously managing the Fire Cadets and now leading on Fire Fatalities, Accidental Dwelling Fires, our Home Fire Safety Visit programme, all with a person centred focus. As part of my role, I review all fire fatalities and the circumstances around the incident, scrutinising any previous Brigade or agency involvement to identify missed opportunities or best practice as well as analysing the human behaviours of the individual involved. I developed the PCFRA (Person Centred Fire Risk Assessment) in partnership with my colleagues in Fire Safety Regulation and currently promote it’s use to external agencies.
Improving Outcomes for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse and/or StalkingTo enable professionals to improve their responsiveness to domestic abuse and stalking by providing them with the knowledge and skills so that they can:

• Understand the dynamics of Domestic Abuse and Stalking
• Understand the reality of Domestic Abuse and Stalking
• Identify and respond effectively to domestic abuse and stalking
The session covers ways of working with victims of domestic abuse, coercive control and stalking which assists the victim and lets their voice be heard. By understanding the complexities of these areas of abuse better outcomes can be delivered to safeguard, bring agencies investigations to a better conclusion which in turn helps the reputation of the individual organisations and staff.
The session covers;
• the use of language
• how to identify such abuse
• understanding how incidents and behaviours link into legislation
• How with an understanding of legislation and correct multi-agency positive action and safety advice victims can receive the correct care.
John Trott – Director of AbuseFreeLifeJohn has the professional objective of influencing change both at the frontline and strategically by working with other agencies to challenge attitudes and ensure professionals are confident and competent to accurately and consistently assess risk and save lives. AbuseFreeLife helps victims and survivors of abuse either directly or indirectly by working in consultation with other agencies or victims and delivering training to them thereby giving professionals and victims a greater knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of areas of Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control and Stalking.

John retired from the police service in 2016 as a Detective Chief Inspector, Head of Public Protection and the Force Lead for Domestic Abuse, Honour Based Abuse, Stalking, Female Genital Mutilation and Safeguarding Adults/Adults at Risk.

He is a Domestic Homicide Review Chair and an experienced MARAC and MAPPA Chair. He is regarded as an expert within the field of Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control and Stalking. This experience coupled with his comprehensive police and Senior Investigating Officer investigative background and knowledge of police systems, policies and procedures, knowledge of partnership working, organisational politics and his ongoing work with victims and victims’ services assists with his professional objective. John is also a popular keynote speaker in relation to Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control and Stalking having spoken throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland and he has designed and delivered training and consultancy to many Police Services, Social Services, NPS and CRC, Third Sector, Voluntary and Faith organisations over the last three years.

Twitter: @abusefreelife
Interagency Involvement and Cross Borough Working on Safeguarding CasesTo include/ develop clarity on some clear protocols, questions and prompts agencies may need to ask etc. so we maintain professional curiosity and vigilance of vulnerable people and carers (especially where we need to determine a carer is able to discharge caring responsibilities – another, but related issue). We could as an outcome develop some helpful prompts or checklists.In Richmond we have had a case concerning an elderly woman who subsequently died in Jamaica having been taken there by her son. Leading up to this there were a catalogue of safeguarding and carer issues where different agencies could have intervened but did not, and verbal information presented was not confirmed. No social services department has ‘eyes on’ her at any stage as far as I am aware (we are looking at a review now). Key synopsis (for info):
• Elderly vulnerable lady is moved between London boroughs by her son who purports to have LPA, to different living environments
• Over 30 Safegaurding referrals are made to one London borough (not Richmond or Wandsworth)
• She is in and out of hospital for medical care – in different locations and boroughs – 3 hospital
• Breaks her hip but son discharges her from hospital during treatment– unclear of the medical process/input on this or specifics
• LAS and community NHS service make safeguarding referrals
• One Safegaurding referral comes into Richmond which we take up
• Meetings held across professional dimensions/ geographical areas/ agencies
• Woman cannot be located so we take up with Police
• Police locate her and son in Jamaica – she is in care home, where she dies
• Son returns to UK
• Police are now actively looking into the son’s actions
Local discussion, as did our discussion at the Professionals network highlights concern that given the close proximity of the all 33 boroughs, overlaid with agencies in different conurbations (e.g. NHS, Police, LAS, hospitals etc.) this type of issue needs some heightened awareness so we ensure we have professional curiosity in all agencies/services/discipline and do not necessarily take things at face value.
Derek Oliver
Learning Difficulty or Learning Disability?Aim:
To improve awareness about learning disability and the importance of assessment and terminology.

1. By the end of the workshop delegates will have a better understanding about the language and terminology linked to the subject of learning disability.
2. By the end of the workshop delegates will have a greater understanding of how to support adults living with a learning disability to access support.
3. By the end of the session delegates will better understand how lack of understanding around the eligibility criteria for accessing statutory support, can lead to safeguarding concerns, and other problems.
Within adult safeguarding these two phrases are routinely used interchangeably. Both can be used inappropriately to describe one issue when it is more likely the other, which can have big implications for adults and their ability to access services. Many adults who are living with a learning disability have also never been supported to recognise this themselves, or had this formally diagnosed by the professionals working with and around them, resulting in some adults being ‘left behind’ and probably suffering from discriminatory abuse – which is a form of adult abuse very rarely reported nationally. Will Davies - Director of Lewisham Speaking Up (voluntary sector organisation delivering advocacy and other services for adults with a Learning Disability).
Supported by Martin Crow – Business Manager, Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board.
Will has been the Director at Lewisham Speaking Up since Jan 2018 having previously been a Manager in that Organisation since Feb 2014.
Prior to this Will was an Advocacy Co-ordinator for a Young People’s Charity.
Transitional Safeguarding: Where are we now?• To refresh delegates on the key concepts of transitional safeguarding
• To provide the opportunity for delegates to reflect on changes in approach to transitional safeguarding since last years’ conference
• To explore future work in this area
An overview of Transitional Safeguarding, key concepts, research messages and examples of practice across England.
Providing an opportunity to discuss and reflect on progress that has been made Pan-London, identifying enablers and challenges.
Delegates will explore next steps in this key area.
Lisa Smith, Assistant Director, Research in PracticeLisa is the Assistant Director of Research in Practice, leading on our work in safeguarding adults and supporting the national programme of Making Safeguarding Personal.
Workshop looking at the Making Safeguarding Personal Outcomes framework, considering how to implement it in LondonDiscuss the findings from the national work in developing and piloting the Making Safeguarding Personal Outcomes frameworkThe session will cover:
• A briefing on the outcomes framework
• Learning from the pilot sites
• Findings from a local borough who has started to implement the framework
• Discuss the practicalities of rolling this out.
Lisa Smith (RiPfA) / Georgina Diba (Brent Council)
Modern Slavery: The local authority’s role within a Multi-Agency Response• Overview of modern slavery and statistics
• What the NRM is
• What is happening locally and nationally
• LMSL Group
• Modern Slavery Commissioner’s vision
- Developing a deeper understanding of what constitutes modern slavery
- Familiarising attendees with the NRM and encourage reporting
- How the local authority can tackle such issues
- Identifying good practice and areas of improve and peer support to strengthen practice
Sharon Burgess (Head of Safeguarding Adults, DoLS and Adults PSW) London Borough of Enfield, Fiana Centala (Modern Slavery & Mental Capacity Team manager) London Borough of Enfield Sharon Burgess is the Head of Safeguarding Adults, DoLS and Adults PSW in the London Borough of Enfield. She has had over 19 years of experience in a range of adult and children social care fields, including learning disability, physical disability, older people and looked after children. Sharon holds several senior positions within Adult Social Services and is Enfield’s PSW for Adults. Sharon also shares her knowledge and expertise as the Chair of the London Modern Slavery Leads Group which continues to raise awareness of modern slavery and improve links with other professionals outside of the local authority.

Fiana Centala is a Team Manager within Enfield’s Strategic Safeguarding Team specialising in the Mental Capacity Act and Modern Slavery. She has 14 years’ experience in a range of adult social care fields, including mental health, learning disability, physical disability and older people. Fiana is a qualified DoLS Best Interest Assessor and has held several senior local authority positions leading on Mental Capacity Act and Adult Safeguarding.
Where Children’s LADO Referrals meet Safeguarding Adults• Understand what a LADO Referral is
• Be able to explain the remit of Safeguarding Adults S42s
• How should a LADO be processed to safeguard adults
• The local authority duty to safeguard residents
- Reminder about LADO form
- Consider S42 SA
- Bromley Processing Tool (PIPOT)
- Closer Look at some case examples
Dirk Holtzhauzen (Head of Quality Assurance, DoLS and Safeguarding Adults) London Borough of Bromley
Gill (Head of Safeguarding Adults and Children) London Borough of Waltham Forest
Risk Management in Self-Neglect and Hoarding cases• The use of a Self-Neglect and Hoarding Policy
• Sharing risks in cases of self-neglect and hoarding with other SAB agencies
• MCA Practice areas for development that link to lesson’s in SARs
- How referrals are coordinated
- Who attends and how relationships across agencies support practice in respective organisations (Fire Services, Health, Housing, and other SAB Partners)
- When enforcement meets supportive services
- Sharing of our policy
- Recipe for managing complex MCA cases, practical social work guidance by a PSW (Self-Neglect and Hoarding)
- Some case examples and outcomes in SU stories
Liana Kotze - London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Jo Kitching – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Principal Social Worker for Adults in LBBD (Liana Kotze) Safeguarding Adults Board Manager (Joanne Kitching)
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