Weekly Communication – Week Commencing 01/05/23

Dear Colleagues

Monthly ASC Submission Window

Dear Providers,

A gentle reminder that the DHSC Adult Social Care data collection will open on Monday 8th May and will close on Monday 15th May. Please remember to refresh or update your information in Capacity Tracker by Monday 15th May.

Support is available for:

  • Non-technical assistance on how to answer questions

capacitytracker-guidance@dhsc.gov.uk

  • Further information and technical support

necsu.capacitytracker@nhs.net or 0191 691 3729 (Mon-Fri excluding bank holidays, 8am-5pm)

Please see the attached document for the benefits of completing the NHS Capacity Tracker for yourselves as providers.

With kind regards,

Capacity Tracker Team on behalf of DHSC

Safeguarding Adults Board Communication

NLSAB Workforce Tool – guidance for practitioners on how to communicate with adults who have care and support needs

Our experts by experience have recently developed a new resource for our local practitioners.

The workforce tool emphasises the importance of effective communication, including advice on things that matter to our experts, and tips on how to effectively support them.

The workforce tool can be accessed and downloaded from: Experts-together-workforce-tool_FINAL.pdf (northlincssab.co.uk)

To find out more about our experts’ journey and the reasons why the workforce tool is so important to them, please visit: SAB Experts together – YouTube

New resources added to NLSAB website

NLSAB have recently published five new resources available to view and download from our website.

The resources are:
Adult criminal exploitation 7 – minute briefing: 7-Minute-Briefing-Adult-Criminal-Exploitation-Final.pdf (northlincssab.co.uk)

Adult sexual exploitation (ASE) 7 – minute briefing: 7-Minute-Briefing-Adult-Sexual-Exploitation-Final.pdf (northlincssab.co.uk)

Learning disabilities mortality review (LeDeR) 7 – minute briefing: 7-Minute-Briefing-LeDeR-Final.pdf (northlincssab.co.uk)

Learning from safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) learning briefing – Paul (homelessness, substance misuse): Learning-from-SARs-January-2023-1.pdf (northlincssab.co.uk)

Learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) learning briefing – Michael (cuckooing, adult criminal exploitation): Learning-from-SARs-April-2023.pdf (northlincssab.co.uk)

Dementia Action Week – 15th – 21st May 2023

Dementia Action Week is an awareness raising campaign, aimed to encourage people to ‘act on dementia.’

People with dementia will have cognitive symptoms that may make them more at risk of abuse or neglect. They may experience:

  • Memory loss,
  • Problems with concentrating, planning and organising – including making decisions and problem solving,
  • Communication difficulties,
  • Difficulties with orientation.

People living with dementia may find it difficult to report abuse. They may also need support to understand safeguarding concerns, and to make choices about how they would like their situation to be managed. Their carers may also be at risk of neglect and abuse especially if they are overburdened, isolated, lonely or experiencing severe stress.

In 2021, the Department of Health and Social Care published a guidance document ‘Supporting people living with dementia to be involved in adult safeguarding enquiries.’ The guidance can be accessed here: Supporting people living with dementia to be involved in adult safeguarding enquiries (publishing.service.gov.uk)

For more information about this year’s Dementia Action Week, please visit: Dementia Action Week | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)

Mental Health Awareness Week – 15th – 21st May 2023

This year’s theme for the Mental Health Awareness Week is #ToHelpMyAnxiety. This is an ideal time for us all to think about mental health, tackle stigma, and find out how we can create a society that prevents mental health problems from developing, and protects our mental wellbeing.

Poor mental health can impact on people’s daily life, relationships, social life, employment and finances, making life more challenging and stressful. These factors can increase vulnerability to abuse and neglect.

There are a number of services across North Lincolnshire which provide mental health support and advice:

To access FREE Suicide prevention training, please visit: Training Programs for Suicide Prevention | LivingWorks and Free online training from Zero Suicide Alliance

Talking Minds Plus – Drop in sessions for young people

Talking Minds Plus is a new service for 18 to 25 – year – olds, provided by Mind North Lincolnshire.

This project focuses on helping young adults to develop coping strategies, understand their emotions better, and develop resilience for adult life. Talking Minds Plus provides 1 to 1 support for this age group, as well as group sessions.

To find out more about the service, please visit: Our services | My Site (nlmind.org)

For contact information, please refer to the leaflets attached in this email.

For more useful information and resources about safeguarding adults, please visit the NLSAB website: www.northlincssab.co.uk

Please disseminate widely across your organisation.

Domestic Abuse Partnership Board Communication

Analysis of domestic homicide reviews (DHRs)

A new Home Office report has been published, providing analysis of domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) from 2019 – 2020.

This report is of 124 domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) which have been through the quality assurance process set out by the Home Office. The identification of themes and summary of recommendations is from 50 randomly selected DHRs from this total.

The report provides a wide range of information in relation to victims’ and perpetrators’ demographics, vulnerabilities, history and more.

The report also identifies key themes that require practice / support provision improvements such as:

  • Contact,
  • Assessments,
  • Records,
  • Support,
  • Information,
  • Risk,
  • Referrals,
  • Training,
  • Policy.

The author also identifies good practice examples and provides recommendations going forward.

To access the report, please visit:
Analysis of domestic homicide reviews – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Controlling or coercive behaviour – new statutory guidance framework

A new statutory guidance on controlling or coercive behaviour has been published by the Home Office. The document is aimed at statutory and non – statutory bodies working with victims, perpetrators and commissioning services.

The guidance provides information on what constitutes controlling or coercive behaviour, as well as advice on how to support victims and their families, how to reduce the risk of harm, and how to manage perpetrators.

This new guidance utilises case scenarios to reinforce the learning, and offers a list of useful resources and support agencies available to people affected by controlling or coercive behaviour.

To access this document, please visit:
Controlling or coercive behaviour: statutory guidance framework – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Victim Focus resources

Victim Focus is an international training, research and consultancy organisation working to tackle prejudice and stereotyping of adults and children subjected to crime, violence, abuse, and trauma.

Victim Focus have a number of free resources available on their website including factsheets, guides, e – learning, toolkits and more. Some of the free resources include:

For more information about Victim Focus and to access other resources, please visit: Home (victimfocus.com)

Economic abuse and the impact for victims / survivors and their children – FREE online event

This online event is aimed at all practitioners, and it will take place via MS Teams.

There are three dates still available:-

  • Wednesday 5th July 2023 – 09:30am – 12:45pm,
  • Wednesday 20th September 2023 – 09:30am – 12:45pm,
  • Friday 24th November 2023 – 09:30am – 12:45pm.

During the event, you will hear from Rachel Williams who has a lived experience of domestic abuse, and Jayne Mercer who will talk about destitute domestic violence concession (DDV). You will also learn about rights and routes for migrant workers, and watch a performance by the Certain Curtain Theatre Company, titled ‘Life sentence.’

To book your place on one of the training events, please visit:

Economic Abuse and the Impact for Victims / Survivors and their Children Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

If you require further information about this learning event, please email: da-partnershipboard@northlincs.gov.uk

For more useful information and resources about safeguarding adults and domestic abuse, please visit the NLSAB website www.northlincssab.co.uk

Please disseminate widely across your organisation.

Many Thanks

Performance Support Officer
Provider Development Team