ESAB Bulletin September 2020

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September 2020 Update



NSAW 2020 Virtual Event – NOW TAKING BOOKINGS!

For the third year running, the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board are supporting National Safeguarding Adult Week, this year focussing specifically around the theme of Financial Abuse.

ESAB are hosting a week of virtual activity where professionals who work with adults can support the campaign through listening to our podcasts and booking onto our webinars that feature a range of guest speakers from; 

  • The Southend, Essex, Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Boards
  • Essex County Council Trading Standards
  • Essex County Council Adult Social Care
  • Essex Police
  • Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Essex Legal Services
  • The Office of the Public Guardian
  • The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board

For more information and booking details, please visit



Training updates

Virtual ESAB Courses

Due to the present times surrounding Coronavirus, ESAB have cancelled all face-to-face courses for the rest of the year.

However, we are delivering some courses virtually.

Courses available are:

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Free ESAB e-Learning

We offer free e-Learning over on our website.

Courses available are:

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Signs of abuse and neglect in adult care homes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft guidance this month concerning the role that staff and visitors can play in the identification and prevention of abuse and neglect in care homes for adults.

The guidelines covers what abuse and neglect look like, how to recognise the warning signs and what actions to take if abuse or neglect is suspected. It also calls on health and social care practitioners to provide information about what abuse and neglect may look like to residents and their families and carers.

For further reading please visit the NICE website.


COVID Social Study – Loneliness

What Works Wellbeing have published a COVID social study briefing on how profoundly altering lockdown and social distancing measures have been on the way that we interact with friends, family and colleagues.

The study has surveyed over 70,000 people since March 2020, asking different questions about their experiences and wellbeing over the past few months, including asking people about loneliness. 

For further reading please visit the What Works Well Being website.


Getting it right for everyone

A briefing has been released by NHS providers that looks into the longstanding structural inequities people with a learning disability and autistic people, and the services they rely on, have faced over many years and the impact of COVID.

International COVID Quarantine Centre (ICQC) figures have shown a significant increase in the number of deaths of people with a learning disability and autistic people, while recent findings from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest disabled people are more worried about the effect of the pandemic on their wellbeing, more likely to report worsening health problems, and feeling more lonely as lockdown continues, than non-disabled people.

For further reading please visit the NHS Providers website

LeDeR COVID-19 Reviews

A short summary of the findings from the first 50 completed LeDeR reviews relating to COVID19 is now available.

This short paper describes key information relating to 50 people with learning disabilities whose death has been attributed to COVID19. Each of the people have had their death reviewed as part of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme.

The aim of the paper is to highlight those aspects of the condition itself, or the care provided to those who have died, that can inform a better understanding of COVID-19 as relevant to people with learning disabilities.

For further reading please visit the University of Bristol website.

National Mental Capacity Forum Annual Report

The fourth Annual Report of the National Mental Capacity Forum has been released focussing on 3 main areas of the Forum’s work;

  • Evaluation of the efficacy of the Forum over its first four years in changing awareness of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and its implementation
  • The legislative changes that resulted in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 to move from Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). As this was fully debated in Parliament and the full transcript is available on Hansard, the legislative process has not been covered in detail in the text of this report
  • Actions taken from the outset of the pandemic to meet the needs of those who are protected by the MCA and support those providing care and having responsibility for the wellbeing of people with impairments of mental capacity

For further reading, please visit the GOV.UK website.


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