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LSAB News August 2018

Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers

Guidance from NICE

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). It aims to improve care by making recommendations on training staff and helping carers to support people living with dementia.

It is aimed at:

  • Healthcare and social care professionals caring for and supporting people living with dementia
  • Commissioners and providers of dementia health and social care services
  • Housing associations, private and voluntary organisations contracted by the NHS or social services to provide care for people living with dementia
  • People living with dementia, their families and carers

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Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community

Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community publish new toolkit to help employers support workers affected by domestic abuse. One in four women and one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime and domestic abuse costs businesses £1.9 billion every year due to decreased productivity, time off work, lost wages and sick pay.

Business in the Community and PHE has published a domestic abuse toolkit that will help raise awareness of the issue with employers and provide guidance on how they can support those affected by it.

The toolkit gives key actions for employers:

1. Acknowledge

Use this toolkit to help understand the issues, and acknowledge every employer’s responsibility to address domestic abuse. Enable colleagues to openly discuss this topic, and provide a supportive workplace

2. Respond

Review your policies and processes to ensure you are providing a supportive workplace and can respond to disclosure.

3. Refer

Provide access to organisations who can help employees affected by the issue.

The Domestic Abuse Toolkit forms part of a suite of toolkits developed by Business in the Community, in association with PHE.

Coercive Control

Coercive control is now recognised as the behaviour that underpins domestic abuse. It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s sense of self, minimising their freedom of action and violating their human rights.

The Serious Crime Act 2015 creates a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships (section 76). The new offence closes a gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour in an ongoing relationship between intimate partners or family members. This website brings together a set of resources to support social workers to put the law into practice.

Resources on this site include:

  • A set of five case studies with learning activities which can be adapted and used in your own CPD programme.
  • Tools for professional development.
  • Tools for supporting effective, reflective practice.
  • Background reading and information.

This website is for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control.

This resource was commissioned by the Chief Social Worker’s Office at the Department of Health, and produced by Research in Practice for Adults and Women’s Aid.

Coercive control professionals resources

SafeLives

The briefing reveals that on average, it takes three years for those experiencing domestic abuse in England and Wales to access support to make them safe and well. Three years where they are living in fear. And sadly, three years is just the beginning, with people in Scotland experiencing abuse for a year longer on average (four years), while victims over 60 typically experience abuse for a heart-breaking 6.5 years - two and a half times longer than the average length of abuse. 

The impact of this abuse on victims and their families is devastating. Four out of ten victims report mental health issues, and one in ten are misusing substances. Two in five children in families where domestic abuse is present, have been living with that abuse since they were born. Half of these children will experience difficulty sleeping, and a third believe the abuse was their fault. 

Who you are and where you live has a significant impact on how quickly you can expect to get the help you need.

Read the SafeLives length of abuse briefing paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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