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May 2016


Safeguarding Adults at Risk



On the Northumberland County Council website, there is information about safeguarding adults at risk, when to report a case of abuse and how to do it.  This information proves a useful summary for sharing with workers or volunteer who potentially come into contact with adults at risk.

Who are adults at risk of abuse or neglect?
An adult at risk is a person who is:
  • aged 18 years or over;
  • more likely to be harmed or abused because they rely on others for some kind of social care or health support.
Examples include old people, who are frail and have poor physical health; and people who have poor mental health or find it difficult to speak up for themselves because they have a learning disability, or perhaps dementia.

Sometimes they are younger adults who have a physical disability and need assistance with everyday tasks. 

How do I know if somebody else is being abused or neglected?
Abuse and neglect can happen anywhere: in a person’s own home, in care homes and living schemes, in hospitals, in colleges and even in public places. Abuse can be carried out by anyone. What is abuse?
  • The misuse of power by one person over another.
  • It can be a single or repeated acts.
  • It might be physical, verbal, institutional or discriminatory, psychological, sexual or financial.
  • It might happen when an adult at risk is persuaded to take part in a financial agreement or sexual act they do not or cannot consent to.
  • It might be that an adult at risk is given too much medication, so they find things difficult to do, or they are restrained in a chair or locked in a room to make things easier for the people who are supposed to be caring for them. 
What is neglect?
  • It can prevent someone who is dependent on others for their basic needs from exercising choice and control over their lives.
  • It can cause physical and emotional harm.
  • It undermines a person’s dignity.
  • It can be deliberate or unintentional. 
How & when can I report a case of adult abuse or neglect?
You might report a case if:
  • You are an adult at risk and you think you have been a victim of abuse or neglect.
  • You see, hear or know about something that concerns you and suspect an adult at risk is being harmed or abused. You must report what you know.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.

For immediate danger, you should call 999 for emergency medical assistance and/or the police. The person identifying the concern should not put themselves at risk and every care should be taken to preserve evidence. If you are an employee, student on placement or volunteer, immediately report your concerns to your line manager who will call adult services on 01670 536400 to make an alert the same day. 

If you think your manager is implicated, or fails to act on your concerns, you should ring adult services on 01670 536400.

If you know or suspect another worker, student or volunteer has harmed an adult at risk or failed to provide the proper care and support, you have a professional duty to report this and are advised to refer to your registration handbook.

You can also use your workplace whistle-blowing procedures.
If you work for a registered health or social care provider, you can report your concerns to the Care Quality Commission on 03000 616161.

To report concerns to adult social care in Northumberland at weekends and outside office hours, contact the emergency duty team on 03456 005252.
What happens after a case of adult abuse or neglect is reported?
Adult social care will pass your concerns on to a manager, so they can decide what to do. The manager will decide how to help you within one working day. Any risks to you will be considered and someone will contact you in a safe way to help you out of any dangerous situations.

If we hear about abuse in the evening or weekend, we will help you with any risk that cannot wait. This includes making sure you are safe. A manager will then work out any additional help on the next working day.

To help us decide what to do, we may need to talk to you and other people like your family, staff and sometimes the police. If a crime has been committed, the police will investigate accordingly.

If we think you, or anyone you told us about, is at immediate risk of being badly hurt, we will act very quickly to protect those involved.
 





Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board Training

Vulnerable Adolescents                           7th June                        09:30-12:30        West Hartford Fire Station
Human Trafficking                                    8th June                        09:30-16:30        West Hartford Fire Station
Fabricated or Induced Illness                 10th June                       09:30-12:30        West Hartford Fire Station
Hate Crime                                             14th June                       09:00-11:00        West Hartford Fire Station
WRAP                                                     14th June                       11:15-12:30        West Hartford Fire Station
Working with Resistant Parents              16th June                       09:30-16:30        West Hartford Fire Station
Working with Resistant Parents              17th June                       09:30-16:30        West Hartford Fire Station
Sexual Exploitation                                 21st June                       09:30-12:30        Prudhoe Fuse Centre
Safeguarding Quality Assurance            22nd June                       09:30-12:00        West Hartford Fire Station
Trainer Development Forum  
Self Harm                                                24th June                       09:30-13:00        West Hartford Fire Station
Impact of Domestic Abuse                      27th June                       09:30-12:30        West Hartford Fire Station
Safeguarding Disabled Children             29th June                       09:30-16:30        North Tyneside

Please book your place by contacting Rachel Sweeney Tel: 01670 623164
E-Mail: Rachel.Sweeney@northumberland.gov.uk
 
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Training

The Specialist Health Improvement Service working in Northumberland focuses on providing specialist health promotion support and training to local organisations and individuals in order to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and well-being. The training programme outlines many opportunities to increase your skills knowledge and confidence in topics such as drug awareness, smoke free families, basic suicide awareness and youth mental health first aid.  To find out more click here.
 
Northumberland Safeguarding Adults Board Training

Safeguarding Adults Awareness and Alerting (Level 1)

This 3 hour session will give a broad overview of the Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedural Guidance within Northumberland and will introduce learners to the correct procedure to follow when any concerns of a safeguarding nature are identified.  This training reflects the changes to Safeguarding Adults National Guidance  introduced under the Care Act 2014.
 
Priority for places will be given to smaller independent providers with small staff teams though all organisations are welcome to apply.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An overview of National Guidance & Key Legislation
  • Overview of Northumberland’s Local Policy and Procedural Guidance
  • Types, signs and symptoms of adult abuse
  • Procedure for raising alerts/concerns
  • The role and responsibility of staff in this process
  • Awareness of Whistle blowing procedures
  • Knowledge of the Making Safeguarding Personal Initiative and how to apply it in practice
  • Good practice in safeguarding adults
  
Dates/Times Venue
15th June 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 Berwick Rugby Club
29th June 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 Blyth CEC
7th July 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre
25th July 2016; 13.30 – 16.30 Adapt, Burn Lane, Hexham
11th August 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre
25th August 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 Berwick Rugby Club
14th September 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 St James Church Centre, Alnwick
4th October 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 Adapt, Burn Lane, Hexham
27th October 2016; 09:30 – 12:30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre
11th November 2016; 09:30 – 12:30 Blyth CEC
12th December 2016; 13.30 – 16.30 St James Church Centre, Alnwick
20th December 2016; 09.30 – 12.30 Hexham General Hospital, Education Centre
10th January 2017; 09.30 – 12.30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre
25th January 2017; 09.30 – 12.30 Berwick Rugby Club
16th February 2017; 09.30 – 12.30 Adapt, Burn Lane, Hexham
28th February 2017; 09.30 – 12.30 Wansbeck General Hospital, Education Centre
9th March 2017; 13.00 – 16.00 St James Church Centre, Alnwick
29th March 2017; 09.30 – 12.30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre

Safeguarding Adults Multi Agency Referral & Decision Making (Level 2)

This half day session is to support practitioners who are involved in making safeguarding referrals and/or safeguarding decisions.  It will support staff that have responsibility for determining risk, vulnerability and seriousness in issues of a safeguarding nature.
 
Learning Outcomes
  • Be familiar with the Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy, protocols and guidelines and the resulting practice implications in relation to the professional role.
  • Have an awareness of the legislative framework affecting choice, capacity and decision making with adults at risk.
  • Have an ability to measure risk and vulnerability and balance this with choice, needs and preferences of service users when planning intervention.
  • Understand the professional role and responsibilities in respect of disclosure, recording, confidentiality, information sharing and negotiating with other agencies in relation to adults at risk
  • Ensure service users/carers are supported appropriately to understand Safeguarding issues to maximise their decision making in line with the “Making Safeguarding Personal” initiative as per the Care Act 2014
  • Consider the issues around client capacity and consent and best practice in this particular area with reference to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Dates/Times Venue
15th June 2016; 13.30 – 16.30 Berwick Rugby Club
7th July 2016; 13.30 – 16.30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre
25th August 2016; 13.30 – 16.30 Berwick Rugby Club
27th October 2016; 13.30 – 16.30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre
20th December 2016; 13.30 – 16.30 Hexham General Hospital, Education Centre
25th January 2017; 13.30 – 16.30 Berwick Rugby Club
28th February 2017; 13.30 – 16.30 Wansbeck General Hospital, Education Centre
29th March 2017; 13.30 – 16.30 Choppington Social Welfare Centre

Hate Crime Training

This 2 hour session will allow attendees to gain an understanding about Hate Crime and Hate Incidents and to identify Northumbria police Protected characteristics in this respect. The reporting process for concerns of this nature will be discussed.

This links to the Safeguarding Adults and the Prevent Agenda.  Participants will have the option to stay behind in order to complete the Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP), which follows directly after the Hate Crime session.

 Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the difference between Hate Crime and Hate Incidents
  • Identify who may be subject to Hate Crime
  • Understand the reporting process
  • Identify the Northumbria Police Protected Characteristics
  • Recognise the link with safeguarding and the Prevent Agenda.
  • Raise confidence with practitioners to support clients and victims
Dates/Times Venue
14th June; 09:00 -11:00 (WRAP 11:15 - 12:30) West Hartford Fire Station, Cramlington
22nd September; 13:00 -15:00 (WRAP 15:15 - 16:30) Bell View Resource Centre, Belford
7th December; 09:00 - 11:00 (WRAP 11.15 - 12:30) Fuse Media Centre, Prudhoe
10th March 2017; 09:00 - 11:00 (WRAP 11:15 - 12:30) West Hartford Fire Station, Cramlington

To book any of the above 3 courses, please ring 01670 629033.

 
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