created by Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board published on 13 May 2019

General Information

The Board last met on 3 April 2019.  The previous minutes from the meeting on 14 February 2019 were approved:

Rachelle Kipling and Simon Smart from the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) gave a presentation on vulnerable victims and perpetrators and the support available from the point of referral through to court.  Work is ongoing to discuss joint priorities and improve links between the Board and PCC's office.

Robin Brierley from the Cleveland Anti-Slavery Network gave a presentation on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.  It was noted that the National Referral reforms are underway and the Board will be kept up to date with any changes.

The Board's Development Day was held on 7 March and the Operational Leads Development Day on 21 March.  Feedback from these sessions and the results of the Annual Consultation Survey will be pulled together to develop the Strategic Business Plan for 2019/20.

Discussions were held with CQC colleagues regarding gaps in quality assurance for non-commissioned services.  This was deemed to be a national issue and members were asked to raise amongst appropriate forums and discuss at the next Board meeting.

Cleveland Fire Brigade gave an update on the support they provide to vulnerable people and their involvement with the Safe Place Scheme.  The Fire Brigade are actively invovled in signposting people to appropriate support services.  Cleveland Fire Brigade will be inspected by HMIC in May 2019.

Communication and Engagement Sub-Group (CE)

A meeting was held with Healthwatch colleagues across Tees to explore better ways of working together.

The CE Sub-Group has given support to a national safeguarding adults awareness campaign and work is ongoing to raise the profile of Adult Safeguarding on a national level.

To improve consistency of key messages around Adult Safeguarding it is proposed that the Board has a regular slot in Local Authority magazines (summer and winter editions).  The Sub-Group will plan what themes will be included.

Learning, Training and Development Sub-Group (LTD)

Patrick Rice - Corporate Director of Adults and Communities in Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will be the new LTD Chair.

The South Tees Safeguarding Champions Event was held in February and received excellent feedback.  The North Tees Safeguarding Champions Event takes place on 13 June 2019.  Members are asked to promote this event amongst their networks.  Click here for further details

The Training Needs Analysis has been completed and a Training Plan is being developed.

The Board is working in partnership with the PCC's Office and Children Safeguarding colleagues to plan this year's conference: Understanding Exploitation in Tees. The conference will take place on 16 October and coincides with Modern Slavery Awareness Week.

Operational Leads Sub-Group (OL)

As part of the Multi-Agency Audit schedule, the Operational Leads Sub-Group reviewed 3 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Self-Neglect cases - the findings from the audit were shared with the Board.  The next audit report will be from Middlesbrough Borough Council and will focus on Hospital Discharges.

Performance, Audit and Quality Sub-Group (PAQ)

Work is ongoing to improve consistency of reporting Concerns and Enquiries on a national basis.

An analysis of Nursing and Residential Care Safeguarding Data was considered - the Operational Leads group will be looking into this further.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council shared their Partner Assurance Report with memebers for information

Policies, Procedures and Practice Sub-Group (PPP)

The High Risk Panels are not yet fully embedded in all Local Authorities across Tees. A meeting will be arranged to discuss the potential for a Teeswide High Risk Panel.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Amendment Bill has not yet been passed through Parliament.  The Board's MCA and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Policy will be reviewed once the Bill has been passed.

A Task & Finish Group will be brought together to fully review the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Adults Procedures and will consider the Safeguarding Adults Regional Guidance as part of the review.

Safeguarding Adults Review Sub-Group (SAR)

Jill Harrison - Director of Adult and Community Based Services in Hartlepool Borough Council will be the new SAR Chair.  Victoria Wilson - Assistant Director of Adult Care will be the Deputy Chair.

The Safeguarding Adults Review Leaflet for Families was approved and can be viewed here.


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