11 Apr 2017

Safeguarding adults conference success

Over 180 professionals recently attended the Isle of Wight’s “Making Safeguarding Personal for People with Learning Difficulties” Conference.

Jointly organised by the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the event provided both professionals and members of the public with updates on key issues from a range of national and local speakers.

As well as providing important discussions on matters such as the review of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), the conference focussed specifically on safeguarding adults with a learning disability.

Dr Margaret Flynn, chair of the National Independent Safeguarding Board in Wales, reflected on her findings detailed in the Winterbourne View Hospital Serious Case Review and the Operation Jasmine report. Both of these reports detailed endemic abuse within institutional settings and Dr Flynn, as the author, identified the key learning and stressed the high level of vigilance that is constantly needed to ensure that vulnerable people are safe and protected.

Tim Spencer-Lane, of the Law Commission for England and Wales and lead lawyer on the project reviewing the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, gave a presentation on the review. The review has been submitted and a response is awaited from the government.

The Blue Apple Theatre Company gave a performance for conference attendees on ‘mate crime’. The company comprises actors with learning disabilities and was founded in 2005 as part of Winchester Mencap. Blue Apple produces high quality theatre, dance and film, with the aim of challenging prejudice and transforming the lives of people with a learning disability. Local people with a learning disability and carers attended the afternoon session to watch the play and the premiere of a short film by HealthWatch on mate crime featuring students from Haylands Farm and members of John’s Club.

Margaret Geary, independent chair of the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “The conference was a great opportunity to share examples of best practice and partnership work taking place locally and nationally.

“It’s so important that we continue to hold events such as this, as it keeps professionals and members of the public updated on the issues facing our communities and enables organisations and agencies on the Island to keep aware of best practice in our roles. The event also provided useful feedback from the Island community which will enable key partners to develop strategies that meet the needs of local people with learning difficulties.”

Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: “I am glad to support this conference and the opportunity to engage and network to find best practice, and to help us understand each other’s work.

“The conference included valuable presentations and information about proposed changes in law to support all the practitioners who work in this complex area deliver this service, including the police force. Safeguarding of adults is a key task for us, to ensure those who are vulnerable can realise their life opportunities.”

Keynote speakers at the conference included: Carol Tozer, Director of Adult Social Care at Isle of Wight Council; Tim Cole, Crown Prosecution Service; Victim Support Hampshire and Isle of Wight were represented by Ian Stiff, contract account manager and Kate Corbett, priority crime victim case manager.

For more information about adult safeguarding issues and to view the conference presentations and the HealthWatch film, please visit www.iwight.com/SAB or email LSAB@iow.gov.uk

For more information about the Police and Crime Commissioner, please phone 01962 871 595 or email opcc.comms@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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  • Over 180 professionals attended the Isle of Wight’s “Making Safeguarding Personal for People with Learning Difficulties” Conference.
  • The conference was organised by the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
 
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