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LSAB News August 2017

Law enforcement steps up response to modern slavery

Modern slavery and human trafficking (MSHT) in the UK is far more prevalent than previously thought, according to the National Crime Agency.

A growing body of evidence resulting from an increase in law enforcement activity points to the numbers of victims being much higher than estimated, and the threat continuing to expand.

The National Crime Agency has released figures showing there are currently more than 300 live policing operations targeting modern slavery in the UK.

The LSAB will hold a joint Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking conference Thursday 2nd November 2017.

Read more on this story and about our conference on our Modern Slavery page


 ‘Show How to Know How’ - Using the Mental Capacity Act in the Community

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust's safeguarding team has produced an innovative training film aimed at health and social care professionals and carers across the UK.

The film explains the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the importance of consent to treatment in a simple ‘show how to know how’ format.

About the Mental Capacity Act and consent to treatment

All adults are presumed to have "capacity" to decide on their own care and treatment, unless there's significant evidence to suggest otherwise.

"Capacity" means the ability to understand and use information to make and communicate a decision.

The new film explains how excellent health and social care practitioners and carers can uphold patient’s human rights and offer and record appropriate care.

For more information about the new film, email Sandie Cox, Adult Safeguarding Lead, who produced the film.

TLAP Care Act 2014 survey results

The TLAP Care Act survey explored the impact of the Care Act on the lives of people with care and support needs in 2016 – one year on from implementation of the Care Act in 2015.

Results of the survey, which focussed on aspects of personalisation, suggest that progress has been good in some areas of the Act, but in others, is yet to make a difference. Read the TLAP Care Act 2014 Survey Results and Easy Read


New FGM Guidance for Professionals in Lewisham

Female genital mutilation (FGM), or female genital cutting, is an unacceptable practice where a girl’s genitalia are removed or cut for cultural reasons.

Lewisham Council has published new guidance on FGM for Professionals. You can also find links to other sources of FGM information on the Lewisham Council Website.



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