LSAB Digital Briefing August 2017
In this briefing you can expect to find out what was discussed at the board meeting Thursday 13th July 2017, and learn about some of the safeguarding work being carried out within the borough.
Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Conference
Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB), Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Safer Lewisham Partnership (SLP) are pleased to announce their first joint Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery Conference is to be held Thursday 2nd November 2017.
Save the date in your diary and keep checking back on our websites. More information on the conference will be published as soon as it becomes available.
Independent Chair’s Report
LSAB Executive Group
The first meeting of the reformed LSAB Executive Group was held 20th June 2017. The Executive Group is constituted of Chief and Executive Directors from the board’s statutory partners; Lewisham Council, Metropolitan Police Service and Lewisham CCG. As this group is new Terms of Reference were agreed and these have been distributed to all board members for their information. It has been proposed to extend membership of the Executive to the board’s two NHS Trust partners and to the other uniform services.
Safeguarding Prevention and Early intervention will be one of the first development tasks the Executive Group will be tackling. Progress on this work will be reported in our digital briefings.
Self-Neglect is a topic that has been raised by the Health and Social Care workforce in Lewisham as something they would like multi-agency guidance with. It was agreed that the board will draft a joint protocol for the borough. Consultation with board members is planned for early autumn; the main board will then agree the protocol at the 12th October meeting.
Safeguarding Skills Development
Previously board members were asked to identify the safeguarding skill development needs of their workforce. The immediate skills development needs were identified as:
- How do we do Making Safeguarding Personal?
- How do we work with people who hoard and self-neglect?
- How do we have concerned curiosity conversations?
- When can we share information and with whom?
- How do we carry out capacity assessments when we don’t do them very often?
It was agreed by the board that the following Master Classes will be developed:
- Skill development – Making Safeguarding Personal
- Skill development – Working with adults who self-neglect
- Knowledge and awareness raising – Information sharing
- Skill development – Mental Capacity assessments
The LSAB Business Team in partnership with Lewisham Council’s Learning and Development Team will progress this project, aiming for the programme to be launched in autumn 2017.
Lewisham Adult Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Proposal
Lewisham Council and their borough safeguarding partners presented the proposal on this new way of joint working. The proposal was agreed in principle.
CQC Role in Safeguarding - Interface issues between care pathway inspections
Care Quality Commission (CQC) is currently consulting on the system they use to carry out their inspections. Board members have all been encouraged to give their views in the second phase of the consultation. The consultation closes Tuesday 8th August 2017.
Evidence of unmet need due to financial austerity
Age UK has published a research briefing on the Health and Care of Older People in England 2017. The briefing identifies evidence of unmet need due to financial austerity in the Health and Social Care Sector and the impact this has on safeguarding. Board members agreed that Commissioners of services for the two sectors will attend the main board meeting in October to appraise the board of the strengths and weaknesses of market strategy and market sustainability, and the impact this could have on safeguarding in Lewisham.
Membership of the safeguarding adults’ board
Currently board membership extends to over 50 officers from agencies across Lewisham. Members were consulted and it has now been agreed that the membership of the board will be streamlined. The work of the safeguarding board will continue to be shared across the borough but in other more accessible formats to allow for a reduction in the physical presence and time commitment required from agencies to be an effective member.
LSAB Performance Reporting
The LSAB Business Team have been working to establish a performance dashboard and the proposed dashboard was presented to member organisations. Board members have a duty to report the statistics of their organisations’ safeguarding work to the board. Reporting these figures provides the board with assurance that the residents of Lewisham with care and support needs are kept safe from abuse. Some changes were proposed to the dashboard and this will be brought back to the board in October for final approval. Future board meetings will scrutinise data that reflects on the performance in adult safeguarding of local agencies.
LSAB Annual Report 16-17
Contributions to the annual report have been received from board member agencies. The LSAB business team will collate the report and consult members on the final draft.
Joint Priority Work - Sexual Exploitation and Transition
The LSAB and the Children’s Board (LSCB) are jointly reviewing Sexual Exploitation and Transitions in the borough. Both boards will look at the multi-agency efforts in working with these groups.
Financial Abuse and Scams
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has produced guidance for councillors, directors, managers and social work practitioners on both doorstep and mass marketing scams and how older people are being targeted by this kind of financial abuse. The aim of the guidance is to raise awareness of the abuse of older people. All board members were asked to consider the guidance issued by ADASS and were asked to report back to the board in October on the position in Lewisham. The Strategic Community Safety Services Manager from Safer Lewisham Partnership will give a Financial Abuse presentation to the board in October.