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TSAB E-Bulletin January 2018

General Information

The TSAB last met on 13 December 2017.  Previous minutes from 18 October 2017 were approved:

Cleveland Police provided a briefing on Modern Slavery which is a commitment and priority within the Police and Crime Plan 2016-2021: "The threat which this crime poses to our communities is real and emerging which is evidenced by the increasing number of criminal investigations and National Referral Mechanism (NRM) referrals made to the National Crime Agency (NCA).  More needs to be done to ensure that Cleveland Police effectively tackles the threat of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking".  The Police and Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police wish to develop an Anti-Slavery Network to bring together agencies to collaborate in identifying, disrupting and eradicating these issues. 

Board members suggested ideas to strengthen links with the Community Safety Partnership to improve the overall strategic approach in Tees, which the Independent Chair (Ann Baxter) will now discuss with the Chief Executives of the four Local Authorities. 

Communication and Engagement

The Board will deliver an Adult Safeguarding Awareness Campaign between 4 and 18 Feb 2018 which will involve: a Smooth Radio advert and live interviews with a community Radio station in Middlesbrough; public events handing out TSAB leaflets; adverts / news in the hardcopy and online Hartlepool Mail and Gazette Newspapers; other online / social media activity.  Exact details will be published to partner organisations and wider agencies in the week before the campaign. 

The first meeting of the Board's Prevention Task and Finish Group was held in December 2017.  This multi-agency forum will be looking at ways to reduce barriers to reporting abuse, which will overlap with producing guidance aimed at improving engagement with ethnic minority, marginalised and harder to reach groups in Tees. 

The Board is hosting a series of Adult Safeguarding Learning and Networking Events in 2017-18.  The South Tees version will be held in Middlesbrough on 20 March.  The details and the booking form can be accessed here: 

The Board's Annual Survey is currently running.  Professionals are asked to contribute to this, which can be accessed here: 

Learning, Training and Development 

Negotiations have concluded with Virtual College and a new contract has been agreed between the Tees Local Safeguarding Children Boards and TSAB.  This means that the Board's website will host all of the e-learning courses for safeguarding (Children and Adults) from April 2018. 

Mental Capacity related training will be a key priority for the Board in 2018, and a new course for Making Safeguarding Personal is being launched in February. 

The Board will hold an Annual Conference in May 2018 the details of which are being developed by a task and finish group.

Performance, Audit and Quality 

Safeguarding Concerns and Section 42 Enquiries have increased for the period April 2017 to September 2017 compared to the same period the year before.  Neglect and Acts of Ommission and Physical Abuse continue to be the most recorded categories. 

5 Key Performance Indicators have now been adopted by the Board, currently these are: Amber - 3 Green - 2

Policies, Procedures and Practice

Medication Incidents Guidance for Providers has been developed as a result of the medication errors audit and will be published in early 2018. 

Medication Guidance for Commissioners has been developed to provide an understanding of safeguarding terminology, legislation, principles and types of abuse.  This can be viewed here:

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR)

The SAR 3 Action Plan (Carol) has been published and is ongoing.  Only one action is currently rated as Red.  There was 1 new SAR Notification in recent weeks, this did not progress to an actual SAR. 

A regional project to deliver a North East system to procure SAR reviewers has commenced with the involvement of the Board, which links to discussion about delivering internal training for professional in partner agencies, in relation to conducting lower level reviews. 


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