Suffolk Safeguarding Adults 2019 Newsletters

Safeguarding Adults – August Newsletter

SAB/LSCB Central Team Changes

Paul Nicholls, SAB/LSCB Board Manager and Dominic Nasmyth-MIller, SAB Professional Advisor, are both leaving us to pursue new opportunities.

Paul will be leaving on 27th September and Dominic will be leaving on 20th August, although his last day in the office is Friday 2nd August.

We wish them both well for the future.

Both posts are currently being advertised on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership Update

The new Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership launches at the end of September. A central aim of ours is to develop common ground and common purpose between services to children at risk and services and strategies to adults at risk. This does not mean losing the issues which are rightly separate for children and adults. For example, case reviewing and planning will remain separate. Whilst the legislative framework for practice reviews of children’s cases has changed, the Care Act requirements for reviews of adults remains the same. However, we may develop a common methodology for reviews, so this is an example of the approach we are taking.Being at risk has much the same impact whether you are a child or an adult. The differences are overstated in my view. A 70 year old can be as vulnerable as a 2 year old, albeit in a different way. The approach we need to take to understanding the daily lived experience of children and adults at risk is the same. The same risks of neglect, abuse or exploitation apply, even if the form they take is different and age-related. We have for example decided to move to an all age exploitation focus, bringing together the work of the two current groups and the online safety group into one single group who can develop better models of response to exploitation when it is understood in all of its forms across age groups.

In a similar way, adopting whole family or ‘think family’ eligibility criteria can help us to think about the right level of service to the family as a whole. In cases neither the vulnerable child nor the vulnerable adult may have an eligibility or meet a threshold for service in their own right, but taking the family as a whole, they may well have a significant need of services if greater harm is to be prevented. Of course this needs be thought through in terms of resource implications but it is one way where thinking through issues in common across our two current Boards may lead to more sensitised and more targeted provision.

This work will take some months to complete properly so if you have thoughts about how best to do it, please get in touch.

Anthony Douglas CBE
SAB/LSCB Independent Chair

Updates from June Board Meeting

The main items discussed at the June Board meeting were:

Introduction from the New Chair
Anthony Douglas CBE, introduced himself as the new Independent Chair.
Changes within the Central Team
Paul Nicholls, SAB Board Manager and Dominic Nasmyth-Miller, SAB Professional Advisor, shared news about new opportunities and clarified their leaving dates: Paul Nicholls will leave on 27 September and Dominic will join Suffolk Family Carers on 21 August 2019. Both were thanked for their contributions and both posts will be advertised shortly.

Subgroup Reports
Updates from the following Subgroups were presented to the Board:

Health Subgroup
Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG & NHS West Suffolk CCG, provided a report from the Health Subgroup.

Key achievements include;
  • Safeguarding supervision is now integrated into health internal policies.
  • Bi-monthly meetings are taking place with health colleagues and the local authority DOLS team to explore DOLS practice and procedures to ensure safety and quality of care for patients in provision funded by health.
  • Health partners are implementing regular audits of capacity assessments.
  • The numbers of DOLS Assessments from health partners have increased.
  • The group is sharing learning from the MM Safeguarding Adult Review and is embedding the Fire Risk Assessment Tool into CHC Contracts and Hospital Discharge Planning Procedures.
Priorities going forward will include;
  • An audit on effectiveness of embedding the Self-Neglect Policy into Healthcare Practices.
  • Keeping health partners up to date with the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
  • Sharing the learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews across health organisations.
  • Monitoring the progress of the implementation of the SAB Framework with health partner.

Safeguarding Adults Review Panel (SARP)
Head of Adult Safeguarding, Suffolk County Council, provided a report from the SARP highlighting the work to complete the AM and MM action plans plus an update on ongoing cases including a safeguarding adult review due for completion in December. 

Update on NSFT Action Plan

Safeguarding Lead, NSFT, attended the Board and presented an update on the NSFT Action Plan.
  • Dedicated coaches for each initiative are now in post
  • Quality and service reviews are underway which have brought about thematic learning
Further assurance was sought regarding the identified risks. The Action Plan is to be received at the next Board. The SAB/LSCB Independent Chair, is to meet with the Chief Executive Officer of the NSFT on behalf of both Boards to relay concerns.
Update on the SAB Data Performance Report

The SAB Professional Advisor presented the completed Performance Data Report which captured safeguarding data and provided supporting analysis from across the partnership within the reporting period 01 April 2018 > 31 March 2019.

HMIP Inspection Report

Safeguarding Lead at Hollesley Bay Prison Service, presented a report confirming that areas highlighted by the inspectorate as requiring further attention regarding safeguarding have now been addressed. Highlights included;
  • A programme is now in place to further educate staff on safeguarding procedures and policy.
  • Public Protection Business Administrators are now in place.
  • Weekly Public Protection Meetings will take place and will feed into the MAPA Process.
The SAB/LSCB Chair is to visit Hollesley Bay Prison to view copies of the Risk Assessments and to report back to the Board.

Update on the Transformation Plan

The Transformation Lead, Safeguarding Review Project, provided an update on the Transformation Plan and an updated copy was shared with partners.
  • The structure to form the Managing Positions of Trust Policy is in place.
  • The Large-Scale Complex Investigations Policy (Organisational Abuse Policy) is being explored further with the working group to finalise the name of the policy and to develop this work further.
  • The SAB Framework has been promoted through 5 train-the trainer sessions and the latest version along with the training slides are able to be downloaded from the SAB Website.
Update on the Liberty Protection Safeguards
Head of Adult Safeguarding, Suffolk County Council, presented a report providing an update on the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) which are anticipated to be implemented in Spring 2020. ACS and CCG are developing plans to provide joined up training for the LPS. A further update on the developments to be brought to the next SAB Meeting.

Signs of Safety

The Workforce Development Advisor for Signs of Safety presented a report on the roll out of Signs of Safety (SOS) within ACS. It was recognised that SOS has been used across both Boards and is a language that partners understand.
The SAB/LSCB Independent Chair is to explore with the Representative of the District and Borough Councils whether the SOS methodology is able to be rolled out through the District and Borough Councils.

User Involvement Strategy

The SAB Board Manager confirmed that the Strategy has been re-named Engagement and Communication Strategy and includes along with the involvement of lay people on the Board, the focus on Communication, Co-production and User experience.
Comments were welcomed from partners with the Strategy and the proposal for user engagement led by Healthwatch being presented at the next SAB Meeting.


  • Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG & NHS West Suffolk CCG, provided an update on LeDeR – East Anglia is the lowest rated area of the country, although no specific concerns were identified for Suffolk.
  • Training Strategy – Comments requested from partners, to be received by 03 July 2019
If you would more details about any of the above, please contact:

Paul Nicholls, SAB/LSCB Business Manager

Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Transformation Programme

During 2018, a significant amount of work was undertaken by Board partners to address the recommendations highlighted in the Independent Report and included:

Work continues on the Transformation work streams and since April 2019 the following has been taken forward:

Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Framework
In total there have been five multi-agency Train the Trainer events and specific training sessions for teams within the MASH and Customer First.  Over 60 people from a variety of organisations are now trained to deliver the new Framework training and there are a suite of documents available on the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board website to support trainers.

Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Training & Competencies Framework
During April 2019 the Safeguarding Board consulted on its new Training & Competency Framework. This Framework details the different level of competencies required for Safeguarding Adults and is in line with the National Intercollegiate Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies document that was published in 2018. Feedback from the consultation is available on the following link: 
Guidance for NHS providers on Safeguarding Adults and Serious Incidents 
The Health Sub Group has been leading this piece of work and feedback on a draft document was sought from health providers and Local Authority colleagues. The final document will go to Board in September 2019. 
Position of Trust Policy
A small working party of statutory agencies have been mapping out the process and developing a draft policy when a position of trust concern is raised. This is being led by Nichole Day, Deputy Chief Nurse for Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk CCGs. The team hope to consult more widely in September 2019 on the draft process and policy.
Managing Complex Organisational Safeguarding Concerns
A working party of providers and colleagues from care, health & police are currently mapping out the process for managing complex safeguarding adult concerns in regulated organisations. Paula Youell will take the lead for this work going forward and it is hoped we will be able to consult more widely in September/October 2019.
Oversight of the Transformation work streams is via the Safeguarding Adults Board Governance Group that meets monthly and tracking of progress is via the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board Business Plan.
Website and Policy Updates

The following documents have recently been added to the website:

SAB Principles of Safeguarding Supervision – New! This guidance is designed to outline the core principles of effective supervision, which the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board requires all member agencies to implement. It is not intended to replace each organisation’s usual supervision and appraisal processes as Safeguarding Supervision sits alongside general supervision.

Domestic Abuse Videos – New! Two excellent short videos to raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage victims to seek help and support have been added to the Domestic Abuse and Violence page on our website. Both feature scenarios which illustrate typical behaviours of both victims and abusers in relation to physical abuse and coercive control; the latter often being overlooked as a form of domestic abuse. The videos are supported by Women’s Aid, Refuge, NHS England and the London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

Gangs, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines – New! We have added a new page to the website with links to Resources on the LSCB website for the time being as these are being updated shortly.

Easy Read Video Guidance – New!

Following development of an Easy Read Safeguarding Factsheet and an Easy Read Types of Abuse Document, Ace Anglia have recently produced a video to support the accessibility of both of these documents.
All of the Easy Read Guides can be downloaded from our website: 
If you have anything you would like to add to the website please
Recent Events

Faith Groups Safeguarding Symposium
On 4th July 2019, the Norfolk and Suffolk Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards facilitated a Faith Groups Safeguarding Symposium.
Representatives from 15 different faith groups and associations attended the event and participated in the discussions exploring the interplay between each organisation and the responsibility upon each to be aware and report safeguarding concerns.
It was encouraging to hear from such a wide range of different faith groups. The conversations that took place included:
  1. The common experiences of spirituality, vulnerability and safeguarding in faith communities.
  2. The challenges for faith groups with regard to spirituality, vulnerability and safeguarding.
  3. Exploring examples of support and help that have been put in place in the separate faith communities with regard to vulnerability and safeguarding.
  4. Further support that faith groups need to help fulfil their safeguarding commitments.
The symposium was felt to be hugely successful in learning from the experiences of each organisation, promoting the partnership approach which has been developed across East Anglia and in exploring the resources including training which need to be implemented across the region to keep children, young people and adults safe.
Organisations offered opportunity to help victims of crime

Organisations which can help victims of crime cope and recover from what they have experienced are being offered the opportunity to provide a victim care service for Norfolk and Suffolk.

From today (8 July), Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore and Norfolk PCC Lorne Green are encouraging bids to provide a victim assessment, support and referral service across both counties.

Since 2015, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have been responsible for commissioning support services for victims of crime in their force areas – an entitlement set out in the Victims Code of Practice. Grant funding from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is made available to PCCs for that purpose.

Victims in the county have been able to benefit from support since 2015 however in April 2018 the more localised Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care Service was launched to assess the needs of victims and ensure they have access to support to cope and recover from the impact of the crime. The existing service contract is due to end on 31 March 2020.

The new £3.15 million five-year contract, which will be managed by the Norfolk and Suffolk PCC offices, will secure a service available to all victims of crime, with enhanced support on offer for those who are vulnerable, affected by serious crime or persistently targeted. It will also provide referrals to specialist support services as appropriate.

While the service will respect a victim’s choice whether or not to report the crime, it will ensure the victim is aware of their right to report and how to do so, and support victims through the criminal justice system.

Tim Passmore said, “Supporting victims of crime is a key part of my role as PCC.  The impact of crime on victims can vary hugely and so it is crucially important that we provide support that suits the needs of every individual.”

The length and size of this contract shows there is a very serious and long-term commitment to putting the needs of victims as the primary focus for the whole criminal justice system.

Who can apply and how?

Organisations that can demonstrate they meet the necessary criteria and are able to deliver a service across Norfolk and Suffolk are eligible to apply. Partnership bids will be accepted, however one partner must take the lead and administer the contract/funds on behalf of the partnership.

Full details are available on the Bluelight EU Supply Portal at All correspondence, including application and clarification questions will be managed through the Portal.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 15 August 2019

Other Guidance
Useful Links and Information

Web page updated: SARs published by other Safeguarding Adult Boards

New case summaries and links have been added to the Safeguarding Adults Reviews published by other Safeguarding Adults Boards (thanks to Norfolk SAB for the link).

SARs published by other Safeguarding Adults Boards

NAO Report on Serious and Organised Crime
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report examining whether the government tackles serious and organised crime in an effective and coherent way. The report has a number of reference to modern slavery including there were 6,993 potential modern slavery and human trafficking victims identified in 2018, a 36% increase since 2017, up from 5,142.
The report has 4 parts:
  • Part One examines the nature of serious and organised crime and the government’s strategic response to tackling it.
  • Part Two looks at the quality of data on the scale of serious and organised crime, how data are produced and used, and the availability of data to decision-makers.
  • Part Three examines the extent of government’s work to tackle serious and organised crime under its four ‘P’ work strands, the effectiveness of funding, governance and accountability structures.
  • Part Four assesses the extent to which the efforts of law enforcement are coordinated.
A copy of the report can be downloaded from the National Audit Office website

Homelessness and Safeguarding Workshops – Autumn 2019

Local Government Association (LGA) is helping to promote three ‘Homelessness and Safeguarding’ workshops taking place in the Autumn organised by Professor Michael Preston-Shoot and Dr Adi Cooper. The workshops are in London, Birmingham and Leeds.

To register your interest in attending any event please email your name, job title and preferred workshop location to

Event flyer

LSCB/SAB Central Support Team

Paul Nicholls, LSCB and SAB Business Manager,

Tracy Murphy, LSCB Professional Advisor – Performance and QA,

Dominic Nasmyth-Miller, SAB Professional Advisor – Performance and QA,

Sarah Barnes, Business Support Co-ordinator – LSCB/SAB Finance, LSCB Board, LSCB Executive Group and Case Review Panel, SAB Housing Subgroup,

Sarah Dunne, Business Support Co-ordinator – LSCB/SAB Communications, LSCB Planning, Policy and Engagement and Training, Quality and Sufficiency Subgroup, LSCB Child Exploitation Strategic Subgroup,

Helen Heaps, Business Support Co-ordinator – LSCB Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), LSCB Learning & Improvement Subgroup, SAB North and South Locality Forums, (secure)

Amy Underwood, Business Support Co-ordinator – SAB: Board, Board Governance, SARP Subgroup, Learning & Improvement Subgroup, Training and Development Subgroup, Policy & Practice Standards Subgroup,

Further information about the work of the two Safeguarding Boards, together with the latest safeguarding leaflets, policies and procedures, is available on our and