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Redbridge Safeguarding Adults Board

News:      20 November 2020

New!  Act Early to Safeguard

A new website, Act Early, has been launched this week by Counter Terrorism Policing for family and friends who may be worried that someone they care for is being drawn into terrorism.

The site will also aims to raise awareness and understanding of the signs of radicalisation, increase understanding and confidence of the referral process, and develop trust and confidence in the safeguarding role of the police. Family and friends know when somethings not right. It can feel scary to think someone close could be heading down a path towards extremism. However, it is family and friends who are best placed to spot concerning behaviour at an early stage and can help the person they care about get the support they may need to move away from extremism.

In addition to the launch of the website, a new national Prevent advice helpline is also being set-up and operated by specially trained Prevent Officers whose focus will be on providing reassurance and practical advice, in confidence, to concerned friends and families. The helpline is now live on 0800 011 3764. Prevent is safeguarding, its approach is similar to supporting individuals who may be susceptible to gangs, grooming, child sexual exploitation and other lines of criminality. Prevent provides support and builds resilience to counter that vulnerability by working with multi-agency partners in health, faith, community groups, charities, education and local authority, to help the individual move away from an extremist pathway.  Working together in partnership within a multi-agency space allows for a bespoke package of support to be set in motion. We would like to encourage early action to prevent harm.

New!  Jewish Care Film

Jewish Care, one of our Board partners, made a short harm warming film earlier on in the pandemic, showing  some of the challenges faced by staff, volunteers and the families they work with, and the response.  Check it out via the link below.

National Safeguarding Adults Week 18 – 24 November

What is Safeguarding Adults Week?  It’s a time when we can all come together to discuss safeguarding. We all have a right to a life that’s free from abuse. So safeguarding is a responsibility we all share.  Everyone, from all walks of life, should be aware of the role they can play in helping to prevent abuse. We should all know how to spot the signs of abuse, and the actions we should take if we spot any signs.

That’s what Safeguarding Adults Week is all about. We want to start a nationwide conversation about safeguarding – so we can all be better, together.

For more information please visit the National Safeguarding Adults Week page 🙁

Board’s Annual Report

Our Annual Report for 2019 – 2020 is now available to read:

The Redbridge Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Scrutiny Report 2019 – 2020 has also been recently published and can be downloaded via the RSCP website.

RedbridgeCVS Training Brochure

Our partners at RedbridgeCVS have published a new Training Brochure covering the Autumn period, which is accessible by those working for or volunteering in voluntary and community sector groups and organisations.  The offer includes Safeguarding Adults and Online Security.  Bookings can be made direct on the RedbridgeCVS website.

Friends Against Scams Leaflet & E-Learning

The organisation Friends Against Scams (FAS) has produced a comprehensive leaflet – Are you or your loved ones being targeted by scams?

The FAS website has a wide range of resources and guidance to support both individuals and organisations working with people that may be at risk of financial abuse.  For practitioners, there is a short e-learning module.

Free On-Line Fire Safety Course for Practitioners

One of our partners, the London Fire Brigade (LFB), are making available free of charge an on-line training course on fire safety via TSA.  The course is suitable for health and social care staff, formal and informal carers, telecare staff and anyone else working with vulnerable adults.  Below is the link to the TSA website, where you will find the link to the course, which is in two parts.  The first part is interactive throughout and consists of an Introduction to Fire Safety in the Home, Personal Obligations, a video of a fire time line and a short quiz to test understanding.  Topics covered are prevention, escape, hazards, risk control measures and the course includes a number of case studies as illustration.  The second part is an assessment which consists of ten multiple choice questions.  A certificate is generated at the end of the course for the user. 


Key Messages on Staying Safe During COVID-19

There is so much information and guidance available relating to COVID-19.  It can be overwhelming however, there are five key messages below which are important:
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser if there is no visible dirt;
  • keep social distancing with people outside of your own household, staying at least 2m apart;
  • wear a face covering when on public transport in shops or enclosed public spaces – this can be something as simple as a scarf or cloth over your nose and mouth;
  • if you do get any of the symptoms ie high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell call 119 where you will be directed to the nearest testing facility; and
  • ensure you get your flu vaccine.


Redbridge Safeguarding Children Partnership (RSCP) Training Programme 2020 – 2021

The RSCP has moved its Training Programme on-line.  Check out the courses available from September 2020 to access learning opportunities to help with your delivery of safeguarding to whole families.

RSAB Annual Plan and Priorities 2020 – 2021

You can view our current plan and priorities for the Board below:

Work on the priorities takes place between quarterly Board meetings, at which progress is monitored.

Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

In a written statement issued by the Government today, it has been confirmed that the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), the replacement for the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), will not go ‘live’ until April 2022.  However, some provisions relating to roles and training will come into affect prior to that date.  See the full statement for further information:


Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 Report

Following publication of the PHE Report on disparities in risk and outcomes of COVID-19, which identified a number of health inequalities, LBR Public Health have provided a helpful question and answer document, linked below:


Age UK Business Directory for London

Age UK host a business directory for London which is a helpful source of traders that have been checked by local Age UK staff to ensure that they are qualified, insured and have a history of reliable and trustworthy trading.  This London based directory provides details of trusted services, traders and businesses throughout the Boroughs of London. This local Age UK Business Directory is a free service to find a builder, roofer, electrician, plumber, joiner, plasterer, gardener, cleaner, solicitor or any other type of supplier or service. Listed are reputable retailers as well as contractors and mobility aid providers that can be trusted.

Guidance and Learning from SCIE on Safeguarding Adults during the COVID-19 Crisis

The Social Care Institute for Excellent (SCIE) has provided guidance on safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 crisis.  This is a reminder during a time when adults with care and support needs may be at increased vulnerability as others seek to exploit disadvantage at this time.

The Department of Health and Social Care has commissioned SCIE to deliver a series of webinars to help support those who are new to working or volunteering with adults with care and support needs safe in a variety of settings.  Each webinar includes a presentation from a safeguarding expert, a forum for sharing ideas and ending with a Q&A to discuss current safeguarding challenges.  The webinars have now all taken place but you can access the recordings via the SCIE website.  The topics are:

  • What is safeguarding?
  • Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP)
  • Information sharing for safeguarding
  • Safeguarding and Human Rights
  • Enquiries for Providers
  • Self-Neglect and Safeguarding

Local Government Authority Advice on COVID-19

The LGA has provided advice on how professionals can protect vulnerable people during Covid-19:

Covid-19 Scams

A number of resources have been released on scams from National Trading Standards:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The DBS has released advice on DBS checks for volunteers and fast track DBS services. Relevant fact sheets can be found via the link below:

 Covid-19 & Domestic Abuse

A recognised risk with the Covid-19 outbreak relates to the increase of domestic abuse in both intimate relationships and inter-generational domestic abuse.

The Government, Womens Aid and SafeLives have released guidance on this:

Updated information from London Fire Brigade on Fire Safety during the Coronavirus

 Our partners,  London Fire Brigade, are providing information for residents on fire safety during the Coronavirus outbreak via their website:

There is also a new page on Fire Safety Advice during pertinent at this time when we are all spending more time at home:

There is also new guidance on Home Fire Safety Visits:

and caring for someone vulnerable during Coronavirus: