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Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board

Digital Briefing April 2018

Welcome to the third digital briefing from Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB).

In this briefing you can expect to find out what was discussed at the board meeting Tuesday 17th April 2018, and learn about some of the safeguarding work being carried out within the borough.


Independent Chair’s Report

Annual Conference

Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) held their first annual conference on 15th February 2018 at Goldsmiths University. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of adult safeguarding in Lewisham. The conference was a success and received positive feedback from delegates. The conference was organised by Suzanne Drake alongside the LSAB business team. Goldsmiths University has been booked for our next annual conference in 2019 and board members have been asked to give ideas for speakers.

LSAB ChairOur independent chair, Professor Michael Preston-Shoot has been appointed as the chair of the London Independent Chairs Network and will also attend the London Safeguarding Adults Board (London SAB). Board members were encouraged to voice any London wide issues that they wish to be raised at the London SAB.

Self-neglect protocol

The self-neglect procedure document has been revised and approved by board members. Implementation will commence once changes in Adult Social Care have been implemented.

Lewisham CCG: Care & Nursing Home Adult Safeguarding Assurance

The Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) presented their report on care and nursing home adult safeguarding assurance. The board discussed the provision of community nursing and nursing in private care homes in relation to adult safeguarding.

Joint Commissioning Provider Audits

The joint commissioning team disclosed the data to their provider audits for quarter three. The board discussed their findings and how they effectively manage providers that raise concerns.

Membership Compact & Digital Communications

The Lewisham SAB Partnership Compact was agreed.. As Lewisham Council will become a paperless environment, the board will try to reflect this in their meetings. Board members will be given a log in/password to access the LSAB website ‘members room’, allowing board members to access the papers for board meetings electronically.

LSAB Performance Dashboard & LCCG Adult Safeguarding Dashboard

This dashboard is collated from a variety of agencies/teams that work within Lewisham. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) highlighted the current issues they are facing around people who hoard. 61% of the referrals that LFB receive are hoarders. The LFB would like to run, alongside housing providers, an initiative of providing support groups for people who hoard and people who are at risk in Lewisham. Counsellors will also be available for help and support on the day. A date to be confirmed.

LSAB Annual Report 2017 – 18 Partner Contributions

The partner contributions for the annual report is due. This year, the annual report will be made shorter and more accessible for wider audiences.

Safeguarding Masterclasses

The LSAB have commissioned a number of masterclasses in Mental Capacity Assessments, Self-neglect and Hoarding and Making Safeguarding Personal. The demand for these classes was extremely high, with spaces being filled within 2-3 days of advertising them. The board has decided to commission two further masterclasses in order to meet demand, one in ‘Mental Capacity Assessments’ and the other in ‘Self-Neglect and Hoarding’.

VAL Faith Groups Training feedback and report

Voluntary Action Lewisham (VAL) is a membership charity providing leadership and support to charities, community groups and social enterprises working to enhance the lives of Lewisham residents. For the past six months, the LSAB have commissioned VAL to coordinate ten safeguarding training sessions to faith groups in Lewisham. The training focused on the ten indicators of abuse and feedback was positive. There are an additional four faith groups on a waiting list to attend further training sessions.

Another aim of the project was to engage faith based Safeguarding Champions. This creates an on-going link between the board and faith based communities. At present, there are 14 Safeguarding Champions. The board will be holding a Certificate event in May 2018 for those who attended the training and those who have committed themselves in becoming Safeguarding Champions. Our Independent Chair, Michael Preston-Shoot will attend and present certificates.

Update on SARs

At present, the board have commissioned two Safeguarding Adults Review’s (SAR’s) which have not yet been published.. The board decided to commission a discretionary SAR and this is now in the process of being completed.

Ealing SAR

The Ealing Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) have published their executive summary of the Management Case Review (MCR) they commissioned. They agreed that this case did not meet the criteria for a Serious Case Review (SCR) or a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR). This case was brought to the LSAB main board meeting because the Chair of the ESAB believes that this case has national implications. It highlights the shortage of tier 4 beds that are available to children and young people.


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