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Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board

Social Housing Providers

Social housing and safeguarding

All social housing providers must have appropriate safeguarding arrangements in place for tenants who have care and support needs. The Care Act 2014 requires you to support and train your staff.

The Social Care Centre for Excellence (SCIE) can provide tailored training on issues such as safeguarding, self-neglect and hoarding. SCIE can also update your safeguarding policies and procedures. Or you can book a place at one of their open courses.

Safeguarding and housing: course outline

Self-neglect: course outline

Contact SCIE

See our Training section for information on free e-learning, courses available in Lewisham and other learning opportunities.

Adult Safeguarding for Housing Staff

SCIE has produced an introductory video on Adult Safeguarding for housing staff.

A guide for staff on promoting sexuality, relationships and consent in housing with care services

Written by Dr Adi Cooper – City & Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board

This guide focuses on older people, sexuality, intimacy and relationships in housing with care. It looks at non-sexual and sexual relationships and individual sexual behaviour. This is not an easy subject and each case is unique, but this guide aims to steer you through how to respond and think about situations of this nature. Just because a person is old, it does not diminish their desire for companionship, intimacy and love and yet often this basic right may be denied, ignored or stigmatised. Older people in housing with care who wish to and are capable of expressing choice, should be supported to develop or maintain any relationship of their choosing.

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