Welcome to the latest Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board Newsletter, introducing the launch of the 'Voice of the Service User and Front Line Worker' and Self-Neglect Guidance for Practitioners
Safeguarding 'Voices' Event at Bluecoat Chambers
The priority for Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board is hear from those people who have direct experience of abuse and neglect, either as a victim or as a 'front line' worker in this area of work.
Delegates from across Merseyside were invited to contribute their own experiences to the Board's 'Voices' Event on the 25th June at Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool. Ian Porter, the project leader, guided the groups through a full day based around peoples experiences, with the help of Makaton choir and an artist.
The purpose of the event was to listen and learn from real experiences, both good and not so good, to help to improve safeguarding arrangements across Merseyside. The feedback from all the delegates was extremely positive. There will be further updates on how the learning is being used to improve safeguarding arrangements for adults across Merseyside, in the near future.
Launch of Self -Neglect Guidance for Practitioners
Above: Elaine Aspinwall Roberts presents Sue Redmond, chair of the MSAB with a copy of the new guidance.
Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board have been working with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in developing guidance for professionals who supporting people who may be neglecting themselves. The development of the guidance was led by Elaine Aspinwall-Roberts of LJMU, who based her research on a number of workshops where practitioners in this field used their experience and knowledge to advise and inform how this complex issue can be approached. The practitioners were drawn from the NHS; Social Services; Merseyside Police; voluntary agencies; among others. The guidance can be accessed on our website here:
Wirral University Teaching Hospital introduce a Learning Disability Liaison Team
The newly formed team, picture above, will be working alongside the established safeguarding teams within the hospital. The team support in-patients and those attending outpatient appointments or for a procedure or investigation. We work closely with the Community Learning Disability Team to identify patients who would benefit from additional support to avoid Health Inequalities and Diagnostic Overshadowing. There are 2 full time members of staff, Amanda Waites and Lauren Binks who cover the service Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00.
We have many patients who experience difficulties accessing treatment or investigations and if we know in advance they will be attending it is an opportunity to put Reasonable Adjustments in place, in line with the Equality Act 2010.
It is possible for GP Practices or other Services to refer to the service if they have a patient who will be attending WUTH and has a learning disability or autism by email to:
After a lot of hard work over the past two years Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board have created a single Safeguarding Adults Review Group. The group will consider and coordinate referrals and enquiries to ensure the learning from each review is carefully considered and that the learning from the reviews is included in future practice to prevent similar re-occurrences. The group is chaired by Detective Superintendent Dave McCaughrean of Merseyside Police. The work of the group is supported by Michelle Lesbirel- Jones as the dedicated Learning and Review Officer. The group will be able to support people involved in adult reviews and will be contributing to regional and national groups developing practice from reviews. Further information can be found here:
In an effort to develop the ability of the board to better communicate and engage with the wider public through various media, a number of board members have recently been learning how to better communicate and present ideas and messages as part of a course delivered by an experienced local company. The training will be used to support initiatives and events to promote adult safeguarding awareness across Merseyside n the near future. Increased awareness of such issues has been shown to be an effective way of both preventing abuse and recognising it when it happens.