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Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board

Digital Briefing March 2017

Welcome to the first digital briefing from Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board. In our briefings you can expect to find out what was discussed at the last board meeting and learn about some of the safeguarding work being carried out within the borough.

New Independent Chair

This is an exciting time for the safeguarding adults board with a new Independent Chair; Professor Michael Preston-Shoot who joined us in December 2016. Michael has lots of new ideas to develop the work of the board and we will tell you more about these plans in our briefings. Michael brings to Lewisham extensive experience in Adult Safeguarding.

Find out more about Michael on the University of Bedfordshire website.

Standing Together Domestic Homicide Review Case Analysis Report

This report from Standing Together Against Domestic Violence is their contribution to fully highlight the learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews. Most of us recognise the need for national, regional and local work required to embed a true coordinated community response to domestic abuse. Board members were asked to consider the highlights from the report and they were asked to reflect on what the report highlights and that all organisations have extracted the relevant issues to improve practice in the Borough.

Find out more about the work of Safer Lewisham Partnership

CQC Report – Learning Candour and Accountability

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. The CQC make sure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and they encourage care services to improve.

The CQC were asked to produce this report in response to the Southern Health investigation. The CQC found that there is limited evidence that the NHS is learning from Serious Incidents and this report sought to address the challenges and barriers that exist across healthcare with specific recommendations to improve learning.

Safeguarding Adults Performance in Lewisham

Lewisham Council’s Adult Social Care Department report to the board annually using the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC). This is a set of data measures that the board use to analyse the outcomes for adults at risk in the borough. The board will continue working on developing the data that is provided on safeguarding occurrences in the borough to ensure comprehensive oversight.

Market Oversight: Provider Quality Assurance

Lewisham Council’s Joint Commissioning Team report annually to the safeguarding adults board providing quality assurance of Commissioned Social Care Providers within Lewisham.

Find out more on bringing health and social care together in Lewisham.

Advocacy available across the Safeguarding Adults Board partnership

The board Business Team were asked to gather information on organisations that are carrying out advocacy work in Lewisham in relation to the Care Act or Safeguarding for all relevant board members. The information gathered included advocacy provided for under the Care Act 2014 which includes

  • Care Act Advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
  • NHS Complaints Advocacy Service
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Find out more on the range of advocacy services available in Lewisham.

Where can I find out more about Safeguarding in Lewisham?

You can find lots of helpful safeguarding information on our independent website.

We have sections that explain what safeguarding is, who we are, safeguarding training, information for carers, professionals and where you can get help to keep yourself or someone you care about safe.

Every month we publish a news page featuring items such as

  • New services available in the borough
  • Safeguarding training courses
  • Safeguarding awareness
  • Local safeguarding Events
  • Changes in legislation
  • Changes in practice
  • Board partners Safeguarding Campaigns

If your organisation or group are holding an adult safeguarding event we can help promote it.

Contact us to find out how.


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