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On 14th November 2019,Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together in conjunction with Safer Wolverhampton Partnership held a Conference on Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews and Serious Case Reviews for Adults and Children, this was an opportunity to share and discuss the learning from local Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs), Children's Serious Case Reviews (SCRs), and Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs). In the case of adults, this particularly relates to those those adults living with domestic violence and adults with care and support needs. 

Presentations from the Conference can be downloaded using the links below:

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Duty to refer

Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA) places a legal duty on Regulated Activity Providers (employers, volunteer managers and personnel suppliers) to refer any person who has:

Harmed or poses a risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult;Satisfied the harm test; or Received a caution or conviction for a relevant offence.

Under the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, 2006, the following groups have a power to make a referral to the DBS:

Local authorities (safeguarding role);Education and library boards;Health and social care (HSC) trusts (NI);Keepers of registers eg General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council;Supervisory authorities eg Care Quality Commission, Ofsted.

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Adult Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub goes live

Introduction:

On December 1st 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as set out under the timetable of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

 

The Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 set out the foundation for this scheme. The Disclosure and Barring Service has an Independent Barring Board (IBB) with responsibility for taking barring decisions on new referrals and the management of two barred lists which replaced List 99, PoCA and PoVA Lists.

The system aims to provide employers with a quicker and more effective vetting and barring service. All disclosures for work with children and vulnerable persons are to be at an enhanced level for Regulated Activity.

The new organisation, DBS, will provide a service combining criminal records checking and the barring functions:

  • The barring part of the DBS will provide Caseworkers, who receive and process referrals about individuals, who have harmed, or who pose a risk of harm to, children, young people or vulnerable adults;
  • The checking part of the DBS will allow employers to check and access the criminal record history of people working, or applying to work (whether paid or unpaid) in certain positions, especially those that involve working with children and vulnerable adults;
  • The DBS website provides a range of advice, guidance and relevant forms.

Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA) places a legal duty on Regulated Activity Providers (employers, volunteer managers and personnel suppliers) to refer any person who has:

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board has published its annual report for 2014-15

It is a criminal offence to offer employment for certain posts involving working with adults with care and support needs, defined as regulated activities, without employers checking the appropriate barred list. Other roles, with less responsibility for vulnerable groups will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check only.

Details about the DBS can be found here:

Click here to find out if you can check someones criminal record

The following steps may be taken as part of an employers’ recruitment processes depending on the role:

  • Your identity will be confirmed by sight of original official documents such as a Birth Certificate, Passport etc in line with the Asylum and Immigration Act 2006.
  • Original documents relating to all the professional qualifications required to fulfil the post must be supplied.
  • Your employment history will be examined and clarification will be sought where there are gaps and discrepancies arising from information provided either by you as the candidate or your referee(s).
  • References will be used to check employment dates and relevant experience. A minimum of two written references will be taken up and, for some posts, these references will be requested prior to interview. The identity of all referees will be verified. All candidates are required to provide details of any unspent convictions. Most convictions must be disclosed for certain posts working with vulnerable groups.All jobs falling into this category will be identified on the Job Description.
  • For posts working with adults with care and support needs, a DBS check, and/or a barred list check will be required.The barred lists contain details of people deemed unsuitable to work with adults with care and support needs. All jobs requiring a DBS check and/or barred list check should be identified in the Job Description.

It is a criminal offence to apply, offer or accept to work with adults with care and support needs (paid or unpaid) if barred from working with adults with care and support needs.

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Recognising adult abuse and neglect

All organisations that work with people in Wolverhampton are committed to preventing the abuse of adults. If you suspect someone is being abused, call us on 01902 551199If immediate action is needed phone 999

"Adult safeguarding" is working with adults with care and support needs to keep them safe from abuse or neglect. It is an important part of what many public services do, and a key responsibility of local authorities.

Safeguarding is aimed at people with care and support needs who may be in vulnerable circumstances and at risk of abuse or neglect. In these cases, local services must work together to spot those at risk and take steps to protect them.

What is Safeguarding? What is abuse?

Safeguarding means protecting an adult's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult's wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.

Abuse is when someone does or says something which harms someone and makes them upset and scared. It is always unacceptable: everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect. No-one has the right to abuse anyone else.

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Multi-Faith Safeguarding Hub

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National Statutory Guidance

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National Good Practice Resources

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Who should I talk to if i have concerns?

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards provide additional protection for adults living in care homes or hospitals who do not have the capacity to make decisions in respect of their care, treatment, and/or accomodation.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 by the Mental Health Act 2007 and have been in force since April 2009.

The City of Wolverhampton Council are the designated Supervisory Body for DoLS referrals for all persons with ordinary residence in the Wolverhampton area.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) provide additional protection for adults living in care homes or in hospitals who do not have the capacity to make decisions for themselves about their care or treatment, but do not fall under the remit of the Mental Health Act or the Court of Protection.

There is a legal requirement under DoLS for the Managing Authority (the care home or hospital) to apply to the Supervisory Body (City of Wolverhampton Council) for a person to be assessed where they believe that they need to be deprived of their liberty to prevent them from harm.

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DBS checks

It is extremely important that any concerns regarding inappropriate behaviour by someone in a Position of Trust in relation to an adult with care and support needs must be acted upon in order to protect the adult(s) from harm.

Examples of people who might be in a Position of Trust are:

  • employees or volunteers who deliver direct care or support
  • managers of the above staff 
  • trustees board members or senior managers of services or organisations that work with adults with care and support needs

Organisations working with adults with care and support needs should have in place clear policies in line with the West Midlands Regional Policies and Procedures: WM Adult Position of Trust Framework: a framework and process for responding to allegations and concerns against people working with adults with care and support needs which acan 

“An allegation may relate to a person who works with adults with care and support needs who has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, an adult with care and support needs;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, an adult with care and support needs, or
  • Behaved towards an adult with care and support needs in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to them.

The organisation's Safeguarding Lead must be informed as soon as possible and the appropriate actions taken. All safeguarding concerns must be referred to the MASH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Bullying

Information given to us is sometimes shared with other people, such as the Police or health professionals.  This only happens if they need to have this information to help keep someone safe.

If you tell us you are worried about someone being abused, you may not always be told all of the details of what action is taken.  This is because the council has a duty to keep information about people safe.

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Whistleblowing

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Child Protection Case Conferences

In Wolverhampton there is a lot of partnership working around Hidden Harm, you can find further information about this on the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership website.

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Child Protection Case Conferences

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Put simply, modern slavery or human trafficking is the movement of a person from one place to another (this could be country to country, town to town, or even as simple as one room in a building to another) into conditions of exploitation, using deception, coercion, abuse of power or the abuse of the person’s vulnerability. Even if a victim consents and is willing to be moved, trafficking could still be taking place.

It involves either the threat of harm or actual harm to the person themselves or their family.

It affects:

  • both women / girls and men / boys
  • UK nationals
  • people trafficked from overseas

It includes forced labour, domestic servitude and human trafficking, debt bondage (or baonded labour), descent-based slavery, child slavery and forced or early marriage. See https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/modern-slavery/ for more information.

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Exploitation

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Multi-agency safeguarding training courses Sept - Dec 2016

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Safer Recruitment

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Safe Network Standards

Information regarding extremism can be found on the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership website.

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Ofsted guidance for Local Authority social care 'Whistleblowers'

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Getting extra help

Recognising adult abuse and neglect

All organisations that work with people in Wolverhampton are committed to preventing the abuse of adults. If you suspect someone is being abused, call us on 01902 551199. If immediate action is needed phone 999

"Adult safeguarding" is working with adults with care and support needs to keep them safe from abuse or neglect. It is an important part of what many public services do, and a key responsibility of local authorities.

Safeguarding is aimed at people with care and support needs who may be in vulnerable circumstances and at risk of abuse or neglect. In these cases, local services must work together to spot those at risk and take steps to protect them.

What is Safeguarding? What is abuse?

Safeguarding means protecting an adult's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult's wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.

Abuse is when someone does or says something which harms someone and makes them upset and scared. It is always unacceptable: everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect. No-one has the right to abuse anyone else.

Abuse can be:

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Information sharing

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