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WSAB Board members

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) is a statutory partnership (one required by law) that consists of representatives from a range of organisations that work with adults. This includes those working with, on behalf of, and for adults with care and support needs.

WSAB partner agencies are:

  • Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Black Country Region Reducing Reoffending Partnership
  • Care Quality Commission
  • City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Healthwatch Wolverhampton
  • Local Medical Council
  • National Probation Service
  • Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Safer Wolverhampton Partnership
  • Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Service
  • Voluntary and Community Sector
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • West Midlands Care Association
  • West Midlands Police
  • Wolverhampton Care Homes
  • Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum
  • Wolverhampton Homes
  • Wolverhampton Public Health

The following elected representative is an official observer

  • Cllr. Sandra Samuels (Cabinet Member for Adults)
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Sexual Violence

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Rape and Sexual Assault

What is rape and sexual assault?

Rape is defined as:
"Penetration by a penis of somebody's vagina, anus or mouth without their consent. It can be committed against men or women but since it involves penile penetration can only be committed by men".

Sexual Assault is defined as:
Sexual assault can be perpetrated by both men and women. Sexual assaults refer to sexual touching rather than a physical assault. This includes touching:
    •    With any part of the body
    •    With anything else
    •    Through anything (clothing) and in particular includes touching amounting to penetration

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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse is:

"Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour - Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour - Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim".

The definition of domestic violence and abuse, which is not  a legal definition, includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

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Domestic Violence and Abuse (Young People)

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Domestic abuse is when an adult threatens, bullies or hurts another adult in the family. It can even happen after a relationship has ended, or after a family member has left the home. It’s sometimes called ‘domestic violence’.

If you  are worried you might be living with domestic abuse please keep reading – you’re not alone. Domestic abuse happens in many families. If it’s happening in your family it’s important to remember it’s not your fault and there are people that can help.  

 You can TALK TO  a trusted adult , a teacher, nurse, youth worker or you can call:

Childline - on 0800 1111. This is a free, 24 hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk. Trained counsellors are there to provide support and advice about any problem that’s on your mind. You can contact Childline 24 hours a day, every day, by phone or online using the Childline website.

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Honour-Based violence

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West Midlands Forced Marriage & Honour Based Abuse 24hr Multi Lingual Helpline 0800 953 9777      

 Click to download -   HBV Leaflet 1   HBV Leaflet 2

Honour crimes' include forced marriage, abduction and homicide. These crimes now come under the definition of domestic violence as a result of the government's definition  of domestic violence being extended to include acts perpetrated by extended family members as well as intimate partners.

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Honour-Based violence

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Honour crimes' include forced marriage, abduction and homicide. These crimes now come under the definition of domestic violence as a result of the government's definition  of domestic violence being extended to include acts perpetrated by extended family members as well as intimate partners.

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Professionals involved with cases of forced marriage should bear in mind that the response of mediation can be extremely dangerous. Refusal to go through with a forced marriage has been linked in the past to murder of the non-consenting, usually female, person and young people have been murdered while mediation is ongoing.

The victim should always be interviewed on their own and consideration given to the need for immediate protection and placement away from the family. Never allow the young person to have unsupervised contact with their family even if they request it.

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Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is an important facet of the ability of all organisations to safeguard children, young people and adults with care and support needs. A renewed focus on whistleblowing has come from the Francis Report into the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. Click here to find out more about this inquiry and its findings.

 

It provides protection for any member of staff (whether paid or voluntary) who raises a concern about policy, procedure or practice (of individuals or the organisation or service as a whole) which impacts on the safety and / or wellbeing of anyone using the service. The protection is from being treated unfairly or losing their job.

The 'whistleblower' must first have used the everyday channels within the organisation to raise their concerns. If their concerns have not been addressed through the normal safeguarding channels, they can then seek protection for raising their concerns in good faith (i.e. not maliciously to get at another member of staff) under the organisation's 'whistleblowing' policy.

Whistleblowing normally involves the 'whistleblower' by-passing the normal reporting routes and raising the issues with more senior managers, the organisation's governing structures, or even to an external body. Each organisation's whistleblowing policy will clarify the ways in which this should be done. 

You should be aware of your own organisation's whistleblowing policy, if not ask where it can be found.

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I work with adults with care and support needs

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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility!

However, it is also true to say that safeguarding is a particular responsibility for anyone who works with people, or who works in an organisation that provides services for people.

Everyone has a right to live in a world free from abuse and neglect. We also all have the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

Safeguarding adults is about preventing and responding to the abuse or neglect of adults with care and support needs in Wolverhampton.

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Prevent / Extremism / Channel

Prevent is one of the four key stands that make up the Government’s counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST. It focuses upon supporting individuals at risk of being radicalised by terrorist and/or extremist groups, before they reach a criminal threshold. A key component of Prevent is the Channel programme.

Like child protection, Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every local authority in England and Wales. It works to support vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism and provides a range of support such as; mentoring, counselling, assistance with employment etc. Channel is about early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity an addresses all types of extremism.

Participation in Channel is voluntary. It is up to an  individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Channel operates in a non-criminal space. Channel is chaired by the local authority. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.

 If you have any concerns about someone and would like more advice please contact the Community Safety Team by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone on 01902 551214.

Click here for more information and a link to the Channel Referral form

 
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Prevent / Extremism / Channel

Prevent is one of the four key stands that make up the Government’s counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST. It focuses upon supporting individuals at risk of being radicalised by terrorist and/or extremist groups, before they reach a criminal threshold. A key component of Prevent is the Channel programme.

Like child protection, Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every local authority in England and Wales. It works to support vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism and provides a range of support such as; mentoring, counselling, assistance with employment etc.Channel is about early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity an addresses all types of extremism.

Participation in Channel is voluntary. It is up to an  individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Channel operates in a non-criminal space. Channel is chaired by the local authority. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.

 If you have any concerns about someone and would like more advice please contact the Community Safety Team by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone on 01902 551214.

Click here for more information and a link to the Channel Referral form

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Summary of Safeguarding Children Board mtg on 08-03-16

How does a group of people from a range of agencies sitting round a table and called the Safeguarding Children Board actually make children safer? Here's my report on what we discussed when we met last week.

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What is Safeguarding and what does a Safeguarding Adults Board do?

This is the first blog I have done as Chair of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board. However, our research tells us that most people don't know what the word 'safeguarding' means or what safeguarding is, so let me start by saying something about why we meet, what we do and most importantly why it matters.

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Thresholds of Need and Support in Wolverhampton

This sets out the role and processes around universal support, single-agency Early Help, multi-agency Early Help, and support from specialist services. It also gives indications of the level of need that can be managed by each level of support.

The Thresholds document encourages conversations between practitioners both within their agency, amongst colleagues in Teams Around the Family (TAF), and with colleagues from agencies offering different levels of support. Anyone who is unsure of how best to manage the risks and support for a family should phone the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on  01902 555392.

Thresholds Windscreen (page 7 in the Threshold documents) 

Supporting Families Pathway (page 25 in the  Thresholds document)

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New Seen & Heard E-learning resource

 

1. Concerned about an adult or a child / young person?

  • Children Safeguarding concerns - tel: 01902 555392 (Mon-Thurs 8:30am - 5pm {4:30pm on Fridays}) or 01902 552999 (out of hours)
  • Adult Safeguarding concerns - tel: 01902 551199 (Mon-Thurs 8:30am - 5pm {4:30pm on Fridays}) or 01902 552999 (out of hours)
  • Click here for full details

 


 2. WST Business Unit

Victoria Bowles – Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together Manager

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Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

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I work with adults with care and support needs

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UK and European laws make it clear that it is very, very important that each person, including you, must be free to live their own life in the way they want to.

In a very few situations, the law allows doctors or social workers to take away some of these freedoms from people in their own best interest. This is called Deprivation of Liberty.

To make sure that doctors and social workers don't abuse this power that the law gives them, they have to follow a set of steps called the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (sometimes called DoLS for short).

Click here to see a youtube video from the Department for Health which explains all about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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The Underwear Rule

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

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Publications and Resources

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Adults Safeguarding 

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Childrens Safeguarding 

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These pages contain;

  • national statutory guidance
  • national good practice resources
  • local processes and associated forms
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What is Safeguarding and what does a Safeguarding Adults Board do?

For most types of abuse the best thing to do is to tell somebody you trust.

However if you are at risk of Forced Marriage or Honour Based Violence, it is safest to get help directly from the police by calling 999 and not involve anyone else including family and friends as doing so might put you more at risk!

If you have had Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) you can get help and support from your GP or other healthcare practitioners.

If you think you might be at risk of FGM, 'sunna', female genital cutting or female circumcision call Adult Social Care on 01902 551199 (between 8:30am and 5:00pm {4:30pm on Fridays).

If outside these hours call the Emergency Duty team on 01902 552999. or if at immediate risk call 999.

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What will happen if I report something?

Your concerns will always be taken seriously

The person you have told, whether that is a Police officer, nurse, care worker or someone else will ensure that all of the information is put on a Safeguarding Adults Concern and Notification form.  A social care manager will then decide whether a full safeguarding investigation is needed or whether there are other services which may be better placed to help resolve the problem.

Sharing your information with other professionals

If the social work manager decides to use the safeguarding process, information may have to be shared with other parties, including the Police, if this is considered necessary to protect you or another person from harm

  • You will be told if information needs to be shared
  • you will be asked at each stage of the process what you want to happen.

If it looks as though a crime has been committed, specialist Police officers may need to make enquiries.  The Police will never take any steps which will make matters worse for you.

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