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National Safeguarding Adults Week 15th – 21st November 2021

This Year’s Theme: ‘Creating Safer Cultures’

National Safeguarding Adults Week is a time for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to highlight key safeguarding issues, facilitate conversations and raise awareness of safeguarding best practice. We are using this week to bring you a range of events you can access online and a selection of useful resources.

Each day there is a focus on a different safeguarding theme to explore how we can create safer cultures. You can learn more about the week’s themes here.

The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is a national charity that exists to minimise the risk of abuse of children and adults. Watch the Ann Craft Trust’s short video to learn more about what safeguarding is and what it means in practice. Ann Craft Trust brought together a range of their own resources for this week: Safeguarding Adults Week 2021 – Links, Resources, and More – Ann Craft Trust

Hillingdon Hospitals Trust has also launched a campaign for November 2021 to coincide with National Safeguarding Adults Week to raise awareness of a range of safeguarding issues and the importance of partnership working. #THHSAFEGUARDINGTOGETHER

What do we mean by Safer Cultures?

Promoting safer cultures is all about how organisations and individuals can take steps to minimise harm occurring in the first instance, whilst simultaneously ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place so that safeguarding concerns that are raised, are recognised and responded to effectively.

What do Safer Cultures Look Like? 

  • Listening- organisations should listen to members and create an environment where people’s concerns are listened to and addressed appropriately (be that service users, participants, volunteers or employees). Individuals should feel confident about how to respond to, report and refer any safeguarding concerns either within their organisation or community.
  • Leading– organisations should ensure they have the correct policies and procedures in place to minimise the risk of harm and to respond effectively should concerns be raised. This could include having a detailed safeguarding policy and ensuring that staff and volunteers receive regular safeguarding training.
  • Learning- it is important that organisations, and individuals within them, take the time to learn from safeguarding incidents and reflect on what actions could be altered in the future to facilitate best practice and minimise the risk of harm.

Events throughout the week

Ann Craft Trust AGM & Online Grooming and Sexual Abuse: A Personal Account Seminar. Tuesday 16th November 13:30 – 14:30 online. Book your free place.

London Safeguarding Adults Board Conference 2021 Tuesday 16th November 10:00- 14:30 online. Registration for the LSAB conference 2021 is now open. Please book through Eventbrite (external link). Please email programme.support.officer@LondonADASS.org.uk if you have any queries.

London Safeguarding Adult Board free, open access ‘lunch and learn’ sessions: There are six free daily lunch and learn sessions online at 12 noon each day of the week. You do not need to book in advance. You can see the focus of each session and the joining links in this programme guide:

Derby Safeguarding Adults Board – Self-Neglect Briefing (online): As part of Safeguarding Adults week, Derby Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is hosting a free webinar on self-neglect on 17 November from 10:00 – 11:30. For more details and to register, go to their Eventbrite page (external link)

Monday- Emotional Abuse and Safeguarding Mental Health

Emotional abuse can have a devastating impact on mental as well as physical health. To have safer cultures, we need to prioritise wellbeing, and create a culture where people can speak out, be listened to and respected.

What is Emotional Abuse? Read more.

Safeguarding in Sport: A Toolkit for Supporting Participants with their Mental Health. Download here.

Untold Stories – Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control and Emotional Abuse. Learn more.

How to Safeguard your wellbeing during the pandemic. Read more.

At times, work can be stressful and challenging. Read our guide about managing your mental health in the workplace.

Research into non-physical domestic abuse finds that 91% of survivors experienced psychological abuse at some point in their relationship. Read the full report from SafeLives. 

Many of the organisations employing practitioners across Hillingdon will have their own employee support programmes. Safeguarding practice can be emotionally wearing. It is ok to seek help and support.

Tuesday- The Power of Language

Language is vital in creating a positive culture and fostering inclusivity. Complex terminology and jargon can isolate individuals and result in people feeling excluded. In contrast, using respectful language can widen participation in services, organisations and communities. We want to encourage individuals and organisations to consider the language they use in their practice and how this relates to the people they work with.

Is the language used in your setting actively inclusive?

Here is a handy Jargon Buster created by the Local Government Association to support involvement of service users and other professionals in the safeguarding process. Jargon can be exclusionary and can compound people’s sense of exclusion and disempowerment. Use plain english!

The Safeguarding Partnership have produced practice guidance to support best practice with interpreters to support effective communication with people about safeguarding matters.

Wednesday- Digital Safeguarding

Over the past year an increasing proportion of our lives from work, education to sport and leisure has moved online. This is likely to continue to some extent, even as lockdown restrictions ease. We want to use today to share best practice in relation to how to create safe cultures online.

Download a Digital Safeguarding resource pack here.

Do you know how to support young people who have been abused online? Learn more.

Safeguarding, Young People and Virtual Delivery: Creating Safer Online Spaces. Learn more.

How to Stay Safe Online – Guidance for Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities. Learn more.

Thursday – Adult Grooming

People can experience grooming and exploitation at any age and in a wide range of contexts. Today we want to raise awareness about different types of grooming for instance, predatory marriagefinancial scams and radicalisation. We want to facilitate conversations about how to recognise the signs of grooming and how to respond to promote safer cultures.

Tricky Friends is a new animation, created by Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board, that helps people with learning disabilities understand true friendships and to manage risks of mate crime.

ARC UK Safety Net is a resource focused on reducing exploitation of people with learning disabilities, including ‘mate crime’

My Marriage My Choice is a new website with information and resources for people at risk of, or currently experiencing forced, unlawful or predatory marriage.

‘My mother was a victim of a predatory marriage’. Listen Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 where Daphne Franks and Dr Rachel Clawson discuss predatory marriage.

Friday- Creating Safer Organisational Cultures

Training

Training staff is critical to creating safer organisational cultures. An open learning culture and developing staff knowledge and confidence supports the identification of safeguarding concerns and timely and effectiev responses. The Hillingdon Safeguarding Adults Board commissions training for practitioners across the partnership and professional network. The training is free for staff in organisations who contribute to the funding of the SAB and chargeable to other organisations. Book on to the training via Learning Zone.

Escalation and resolving professional differences

Safeguarding adults is a complex process that requires collaborative working across a range of professions and disciplines. Reviews of serious cases frequently identify the need for practitioners to make use of escalation. Collaboration, openness and use of escalation, when necessary, are key features of safer organisational culture.

To support practitioners to engage in open dialogue about safeguarding cases where there are concerns about unmanaged risk or professional disagreements across the system the Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership has developed a refreshed Escalation Policy to resolve professional differences:

Allegations against people in positions of trust

Employers need to be familiar with the requirements on them to respond to allegations against staff in order to fulfil their duty to safeguarding service users. The statutory guidance on managing allegations against people in positions of trust can be found here.

The Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership is also working on a new process to enable coordinated responses to allegations against people in positions of trust. This will be called the Adult Local Authority Designated Officer (ALADO) process and will be published when complete.

Saturday & Sunday- Safeguarding and You

Do you know what your role in safeguarding is? Safeguarding is for everyone. It is not just about knowing your role in an employment setting, but also knowing your role as a human being in everyday life to promote safer cultures in the community. We want to highlight that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and everyone needs to play their part to effectively create safer cultures.

Are you clear how to refer adult safeguarding concerns in Hillingdon? Call 01895 556633, email socialcaredirect@hillingdon.gov.uk, or complete this online form.

Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership have launched a public awareness raising campaign through the sharing of posters/leaflets. Please print and share.

Radicalisation is also an important safeguarding issue. There is a national campaign to encourage early interventions with people at risk of radicalisation. You can find out more about the Act Early initiative here.


To promote Safeguarding Adults Week on websites and social media platforms, remember to use the hashtags any time you talk about the week on social media: #SafeguardingAdultsWeek. You may also see variations:  #SafeguardingWeek; #NationalSafeguardingAdultsWeek and #NationalSafeguardingWeek.