SAB News

Please see below for the latest updates from the Safeguarding Adults Board. For news from the LSCB visit here


17 December 2018

Yearly Round Up 2018


Our final board briefing for 2018 is now online! In it, we reflect on the work of the SAB over the past 12 months and look ahead to the coming year.

Board briefings are circulated via email and made available as a PDF. You are also welcome to share them with your teams.

If you would like to receive future board briefings, you can email us at You can also find any of our previous board briefings, here.


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Annual Reports

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)

Briefings (Audit & Review)



21 November 2018

Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2017-18 (NHS Digital)


NHS Digital have now published their Safeguarding Adults Annual Report for 2017 – 18. The report presents key findings from the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC) which is collated by NHS Digital from all Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. The report presents information about adults at risk for whom safeguarding referrals were opened during the reporting period, and case details for safeguarding referrals which concluded during the reporting period. The report is well worth reading for all involved in safeguarding adults. You can read the full report here.

The report provides comparative data across regions, and historical data to provide year on year comparison. The report covers safeguarding concerns and enquiries (commenced and concluded), risk assessments, mental capacity of adults subject to enquiries, making safeguarding personal (desired outcomes), and safeguarding adult reviews (SARs).


The headline findings from the report were:

  • 394,655 concerns of abuse were raised during 2017-18, an increase of 8.2% on the previous year.
  • There were 150,070 safeguarding enquiries that started in the year; a decrease of 1,090 (0.7%) on 2016-17.
  • The number of Section 42 enquiries that commenced during the year fell by 1.1% to 131,860 and involved 107,550 individuals. The number of other enquiries increased by 1.8% to 18,210 during the same period.
  • Older people are much more likely to be the subject of a Section 42 safeguarding enquiry; one in every 43 adults aged 85 and above, compared to one in every 862 adults aged 18-64.
  • The most common type of risk in Section 42 enquiries that concluded in the year was Neglect and Acts of Omission, which accounted for 32.1% of risks, and the most common location of the risk was the person’s own home at 43.5%. In 68.5% of Section 42 enquiries a risk was identified and action was taken.



19 November 2018



This week represents the launch of the first National Safeguarding Adults Week, which runs from the 19th to the 25th November, and aims to create a time where we national and local organisations can collectively focus on safeguarding adults.

The Ann Craft Trust support organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise the risk of harm. Each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding adults at risk issue, and the trust will be releasing new resources and information about each in the build up to the week.


Disability Hate Crime

Forced Marriage, the Prevent Agenda and Domestic Abuse

Financial Abuse

Online Safety and Cyber Bullying

Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity


You can help by:

  • Learning about the key issues from the trust’s resources and information
  • Share the resources within your organisation and with the people you support
  • Use the #SafeguardingAdultsWeek hashtag on social media to find and share resources, and to share what you’re doing


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Ann Craft Trust

Safeguarding Adults Week


National Links

SafeLives are a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. They combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives.


Local Links

The Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) enable adults with learning disabilities to live full and healthy lives. The service supports people with a learning disability aged 18 years and older who live permanently in the city or are registered with a GP practice in the city.

“A good, happy and healthy life” is the plan for adults with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove, 2015-2019

The Portal provides a single point of contact for victims and survivors of domestic or sexual abuse and violence, helping them to find the right help, advice and support. The Portal can also give advice and support to friends, families and professionals.

Operation Signature is Sussex Police’s campaign focusing on the protection of the vulnerable members of our communities in Sussex, preventing them from becoming victims of such fraud and subject to further financial loss



9 October 2018

Update Home Office County Lines Guidance


Home Office publishes updated guidance to help frontline workers identify and protect victims of county lines gangs

County lines refers to a model used by criminal gangs, whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion.

To support policing and other statutory frontline staff – particularly those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults – in identifying potential victims of this type of criminal exploitation, the Home Office has updated its County Lines guidance. It sets out the signs to look for in potential victims, and what action staff should take so that potential victims get the support and help they need. The document supplements an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies. The guidance is available here:

Alongside the guidance, there are resources (available here: to help policing and statutory staff recognise the signs to look out for, that could indicate that someone is a victim of county lines gangs.

The Home Office is also raising awareness of county lines across a range of non-statutory sectors. These are:

Materials for the social housing sector are currently being developed and will be available shortly.  The Home Office have also produced social media assets (available here:  which they encourage PCCs to use in their own public-facing county lines awareness raising work.



The LSCB & the SAB have also produced two briefings for professionals to raise awareness of county lines activity.

  • You can read a short briefing which gives staff an introduction to these emerging areas or risk, here 
  • You can read a longer briefing with fuller details for those who work primarily with children, families and/or adults with care and support needs, here





12 October 2018

Rightful Lives

Rightful Lives is an online exhibition incorporating artwork, videos, photos, poems, stories and other creative works, both by individuals with autism and/or learning disabilities and their families, friends and carers. The exhibition explores the human rights of people with autism and/or learning disabilities, and in particular how the legal framework of the Human Rights Act has failed to touch the lives of people with learning disabilities.

The exhibition provides hugely valuable insight into the experiences of people with learning disabilities and their families. Many of the exhibits detail everyday activities or interests, and the huge amount of effort required to simply enjoy those. View the exhibition here.

“Sometimes, for some communities, doing ordinary things takes radical action.”

The exhibition also includes thoughts from the Wild Rainbows, a local LGBTQ+ social group. The Wild Rainbows were formed by Gig Buddies, a project by local grassroots charity Stay Up Late. Stay Up Late promote the right for people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives. You can read more about the Wild Rainbows here.




26 June 2018

Scam Awareness Month

June is Scam Awareness Month. The campaign aims to give consumers the skills and confidence to identify scams, share their experiences and to take action by reporting suspicious activity. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Scammers use speed, surprise and secrecy to catch you out.
Take time to talk about scams

There are many different types of scams, from investment, pension, and door-to-door scams, to dating, banking, internet and phone scams. Anyone can fall victim to a scam, regardless of age, gender, education, and income levels, and nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by fraudsters¹. However, some adults may be especially vulnerable to this type of financial abuse. Older people appear to be less confident in their ability to spot a scam, and less likely to take measures to protect themselves when compared to other groups². 

Unfortunately, victims of scams or fraud often feel ashamed and it is estimated that only 5% of victims report the crime³. By discussing scams, we can improve awareness and help combat the stigma surrounding them.

If you suspect someone you know may be vulnerable to scams or fraud, please encourage them to look at the Little Book of Big Scams. This booklet, adapted by Sussex Police, covers many different types of fraud and explains ways in which you can help protect yourself.

Operation Signature
Sussex Police introduced Operation Signature in 2014, to raise awareness in the community, help people take steps to protect themselves, and equip banks and other professionals in contact with older people to spot the signs that someone may be a victim. It also involves practical work with victims to prevent further losses. This includes mail re-direction, offering advice on call blocking devices, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, and referring to other support services. Read more about Operation Signature, and see their latest newsletter, here.

Sussex Elder Abuse Recovery Service
The Sussex Elder Abuse Recovery Service supports those affect by abuse or scams, helping vulnerable older people get back their confidence and get back into the community. You can find out more about the service or volunteer by visiting or by contacting Gail Shanahan on 07508 823975 or

Take Action
If you think you have uncovered a scam, or believe you or someone you know has been targeted, there are many actions you can take:

  • In Sussex, report fraud to Action Fraud at or on 0300 123 2040.
  • If the victim is vulnerable or elderly, you can contact Sussex Police by calling 101 or by emailing
  • Get advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline at 03454 04 05 06
  • Speak with friends, family and neighbours about scams you’ve seen


Scam Awareness Month, June 2018. #scamaware


¹Sussex Police, “Operation Signature”. Link
²Citizens Advice, “Changing the story on scams”. Link
³Chartered Trading Standards Institute, “Stand Against Scams”, page 3. Link




15 May 2018

Hoarding Awareness Week

This week is National Hoarding Awareness Week (14th – 18th of May), an initiative started by the Chief Fire Officers Association in 2014. Hoarding is a very misunderstood condition which requires professionals understand how it manifests itself and how to talk to people who have these issues. The government’s Care and Support Statutory Guidance names hoarding as a form of self-neglect and stresses the need to assess individuals on a case-by-case basis. The need for a safeguarding response will depend on the individual’s “ability to protect themselves by controlling their own behaviour”, which some individuals may no longer able to do without external support.

Locally, the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has worked with other agencies to develop the Brighton Hoarding Framework. The document sets out a framework for collaborative multi-agency working within Brighton and Hove. The aim is to ensure that every contact counts, and that anyone coming into contact or working with someone who is hoarding in our City has knowledge and awareness of the tools and resources available to be able to offer help and support. This document contains background information as well as practical tools such as the clutter rating, and local contact details.

The video below was made by Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board, in which Keith describes how hoarding affected his life and, with the right support, his journey to recovery. Professionals also discuss the challenges hoarding can present and approaches that can help support recovery.



Resources for Professionals

Hoarding Awareness Week Website

NHS Health A-Z – Hoarding Disorder

Care and Support Statutory Guidance


Local Resources

Brighton Hoarding Framework

Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure Manual, Appendix 5 – “Guidance to support people who self-neglect”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Hoarding Leaflet




4 May 2018

Self-Neglect Learning Briefing

In October 2017 the East Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) published the findings of a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR), following the death of a 64 year old man (Adult A), who was living in a care home in East Sussex. Adult A was subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) as he was deemed to lack mental capacity to decide where to live. There were concerns of self-neglect as he often refused care and treatment. You can read the full report and a detailed learning briefing of the SAR on the East Sussex SAB website. Although Brighton & Hove services were not involved in the Adult A SAR, Self-Neglect was a key consideration from SAR X.

Sharing learning is a key priority of the board. A Self-Neglect Learning Briefing has been developed and will therefore be shared with all staff working with adults with care and support needs in Brighton & Hove. The briefing covers:

  • What you need to know about self-neglect
  • How to raise concerns about adults who may be self-neglecting
  • How to manage complex cases and multi- agency responses


Further Resources

Brighton Hoarding Framework

Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice


Brighton & Hove X SAR Briefing

East Sussex Adult A SAR Learning Briefing


5 February 2018

Updated advice on Safeguarding for Charities

The Charity Commission says safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

Last December the Charity Commission sent a regulatory alert to charities about the importance of safeguarding following a number of serious incidents. The Commission also updated their Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities. The strategy reminded trustees that they should proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of their charity’s beneficiaries and take reasonable steps to ensure that their beneficiaries or others who come into contact with their charity do not, as a result, come to harm

The  Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement said that the commission’s case work showed that “…problems in charities often result from basic failures by trustees to understand and fulfil their legal duties. In the area of safeguarding, this can include failing to recognise that your beneficiaries may be at risk or vulnerable in certain situations, or not taking proper steps to protect others who come into contact with your charity, such as staff members and volunteers”.

The Commission has today published an updated regulatory and risk framework; the updated document explains the Commission’s approach to risk-led regulation and sets out how it prioritises both reactive and its proactive engagement with charities, including the development of policy and guidance aimed at enabling charity trustees to run their charity effectively.

The framework is designed as a guide for the Commission’s staff and as a reference tool and guide for those involved in charities, notably trustees, staff and professional advisers.

Read more here



Updated Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities

Updated Regulatory and risk framework


Guidance for Charities on protecting vulnerable groups and children

Guidance on reporting a serious incident in your charity

Whistleblowing: guidance for charity employees


29 January 2018


The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation takes place on the 6th of February. Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 9,179 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. 87% of these attendances were in midwifery or obstetrics services, where this was reported. The average age at attendance was 31 years.


In the same period, within Brighton & Hove there were:

  • 15 newly recorded cases
  • 5 cases where the woman was between the age of 25-29, 5 cases between the age of 35-39, (5 unknown)
  • All 15 newly recorded cases involved pregnant women
  • 5 were attending midwifery services, 10 attending obstetrics

Source: NHS Digital – “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): April 2016 – March 2017”


Help and support is available

FGM can be an extremely traumatic experience that can have lasting physical and emotional effects. Talk to your GP or another healthcare professional if you’re experiencing emotional or mental health problems that may be a result of FGM.

  • If someone is in immediate danger, contact the police immediately by dialling 999.
  • If you’re concerned that someone may be at risk, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 028 3550 or
  • If you’re under pressure to have FGM performed on your daughter, ask your GP, health visitor or other healthcare professional for help, or contact the NSPCC helpline.
  • If you’ve had FGM, you can get help from a specialist NHS gynaecologist or FGM service – ask your GP, midwife or any other healthcare professional about services in your area. Download a list of NHS FGM clinics (PDF, 422kb).



Resources for professionals

Healthcare professionals have a duty to report where an individual is under 18. Where the woman is over 18, signpost the woman to services offering support and advice. You may also need to carry out a safeguarding risk assessment considering any children who may be at risk from, or may have had, FGM


Department of Health


Home Office


Local Resources



2 January 2018

Modern Slavery

The recent Safeguarding Adults Board conference benefited from a workshop on Modern Slavery. The workshop gave an introduction to the terminology used when discussing modern slavery and clarified the ‘Duty to Notify’ introduced by the Modern Slavery Act 2015, considered to be a ground-breaking piece of legislation.

Even where a potential victim of Modern Slavery does not consent to a referral into the ‘National Referral Mechanism’ (NRM), public authorities have a Duty to Notify the Home Office, giving anonymised information about their suspicions. This duty is poorly understood by staff in the public sector and there are concerns that many potential cases of modern slavery go unreported. 

The aim of the ‘Duty to Notify’ provision is to help the government build up a picture of the scale and nature of modern slavery in the UK today, recognising the complexity of situations where victims may not recognise that they are being exploited or where they are too afraid to engage with the authorities.

Access Point (for concerns about adults) and Front Door for Families (for concerns about childrenare the teams who would carry out this formal notification on behalf of the City Council. Sussex Police also have a duty to notify the Home Office of their concerns under the Act. 

Futher guidance on the ‘Duty to Notify’ is available here.

 However it is important to note that other public authorities and NGOs are also able to make a voluntary notification despite not being bound by the duty, in order to help build the picture of modern slavery in the UK.

We also discussed the importance of reporting concerns to the local police – even if the case does not meet the threshold for a safeguarding enquiry. Police reiterated that small pieces of information, for example about a particular address, may help them to piece together a picture that could lead to a successful operation to remove someone from a situation of modern slavery and/or prosecute a perpetrator.



Multi-agency training

‘Hidden children, working with invisible families’


Home Office Resources

Modern slavery training: resource page

‘Modern slavery: A briefing’

Guidance on the National Referral Mechanism




If you are concerned about a child’s welfare contact Front Door for Families on 01273 290400


If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult contact Access Point on 01273 295555



6 December 2017

Safeguarding Adults Conference 2017

On 1 December 2017 over 150 people from the police, health, council, charities, social care providers and more came to Brighton & Hove’s 10th annual Safeguarding Adults Conference. The conference was chaired by Graham Bartlett, the independent chairperson for Brighton & Hove’s Safeguarding Adults Board.

The conference included a keynote address from Lynne Phair (Independent Consultant Nurse) on showing care and compassion in difficult situations. Brighton & Hove has committed to becoming a restorative city so there was great interest in the second address on Family Group Conferences and the important contribution they can bring to putting the person at the heart of planning around safety and support.

There were eight workshops with topics including:

Deprivation of Liberty (Slides)

Personality Disorder (Slides)

Modern Slavery (Slides)

Disclosure and Barring Service (Slides)

Domestic Violence (Slides)

Self neglect (Slides)

Making Safeguarding Personal (Slides)

Family Group Conferences (Slides)

Concerns and Consent  (Slides)


Delegates said:

“It was useful to meet colleagues from a wide range of agencies including the council, voluntary sector organisations and other providers. It was also useful to refresh my knowledge of how the Care Act has changed things and how processes now work”

“All very relevant”

“The speakers were well chosen and workshops were current and educational”

30 November 2017

Safeguarding Spotlight: Homelessness Audit 

The Safeguarding Adults Board have conducted a multi agency audit to look at the safeguarding responses to homeless adults in Brighton & Hove. The audit assessed whether the needs of vulnerable people who self-neglect, misuse substances, have come to the recent attention of Police, have poor mental health and/or have had a recent health crisis, are being appropriately addressed. The key findings can be broken down into the following areas:

  • Multi-agency working & information sharing
  • Safeguarding & self-neglect procedures
  • Working with clients with multiple and complex support needs

Read more about the findings in the Staff Briefing: Homeless Audit 

27 October 2017

Safeguarding Spotlight: Homelessness

Thursday 30 November 2017 – 3-4.30pm

This one and half hour briefing is provided by the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) to share the findings from a recent piece of quality assurance work which looked at the experiences of four individuals experiencing homeless in the city.

This work bought together professionals from agencies across the city to discuss the services and interventions provided to four actively homeless clients.

We considered both the strengths and difficulties of practice whilst exploring:

  • Evidence of multi-agency partnership working
  • Quality of information sharing
  • Evidence of client involvement  in decision making and care planning
  • Evidence of appropriate safeguarding actions taken –  referrals, escalation and consistency
  • Adherence to self neglect procedures
  • Information sharing

This event is part of the Safeguarding Sussex Week, and is presented in partnership with BHT. Book your place here

12 October 2017

Universal Credit Update 

Universal Credit will be rolled out in full in Brighton & Hove over the coming months. Universal Credit replaces Jobseeker’s Allowance (income based), Employment Support Allowance (income based), Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.

This means that most working age people who make a new claim for benefits, or have a significant change of circumstances will claim Universal Credit, not the benefits they would claim now. Some single people are already able to claim Universal Credit.

The key differences between Universal Credit and current benefits are:

  • It has to be claimed and maintained online
  • The rent element will normally be paid to the person claiming, not their landlord
  • Payment will normally be made once a month to one person in the household.
  • The first payment will normally take at least six weeks but people can talk to the Jobcentre about asking for an advance payment
  • Help with housing costs for 18-21 year olds has been restricted to those that are deemed to be vulnerable

If any of these issues could cause problems for people it is very important that they tell the Jobcentre about them so they can be appropriately helped, this includes people with alcohol/drug problems and physical or mental health issues. The Jobcentre can advise about how a person can get help to go online, help with budgeting, find out about advance payments and about possible different ways of getting paid.

Brighton & Hove City Council have produced a booklet for professionals who support claimants who may be on benefits. It explains some of the main changes and where people can get additional help in Brighton & Hove: Universal Credit in Brighton & Hove

For more information on Universal Credit please visit 
For links to local information go to  

6 September 2017

Safeguarding Adults Conference

Join us on Friday 1 December 2017 for the 10th Annual SAB Conference. The day will have a mix of presentations and workshops designed to suit the wide range of people involved in safeguarding adults,

There are two key note speakers: Alison Powney from Daybreak will present on Family Group Conferencing, and Lynne Phair, Independent Consultant Nurse, will speak about Showing Care and Compassion in Difficult Situations. You will also be able to attend two workshops to further explore the and complement the learning from the presentations.

The conference is for all staff and managers who support adults at risk of abuse or neglect, including Adult Social Care, Health, Police, Community Safety Partnership, Housing, and not for profit and further relevant organisations.

To book your place please visit the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway. This event will be part of the Learning Together to Safeguard Sussex week, running from 27 November – 1 December 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!



31 August 2017

Adult Safeguarding: Easy Read Leaflet

Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) have worked together with East Sussex SAB & West Sussex SAB to produce an easy read leaflet explaining clearly to adults with care and support needs what abuse and neglect is, and how to stay safe and get help.

The leaflet can be downloaded here: Easy Read Leaflet: What you can do if someone is abusing you or someone you know


7 April 2017

#WeStandTogether – One Voice Statement

Following the incident in Westminster on Thursday 23 March, the city’s One Voice partnership has reaffirmed its commitment for Brighton & Hove’s ‘city values’ based on pluralism, equality, fairness and respect for all.

One Voice brings together the council and Sussex Police with the city’s communities, faiths groups and minorities tackling racism, intolerance and extremism.

The statement contains information about the threat level, which has not changed following 22 March incident, and advice on reporting to the anti-terrorist hotline and reporting of hate incidents.

You can find the links to the statement on:

council website:

Community Safety website: