ESAB Bulletin January 2021

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January 2021 Update


ESAB Strategic Plan Consultation

The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board is pleased to introduce its Strategic Plan for the period April 2021-24. The Care Act makes it a statutory duty for safeguarding adult boards to publish a strategic plan for each financial year that sets how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this.

Alongside the strategic plan ESAB have developed a Business Plan that sets out how ESAB plan to deliver on its priorities. The plan initially focusses on 2021/22 but will be reviewed and expanded annually to ensure that it continues to deliver against the priorities and other key issues as they emerge.

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) would like to find out what you think about the plans and particularly:

  • In the Strategy document you will find our safeguarding priorities for Essex set out. Our priorities reflect what police, NHS and Essex County Council have told us is important to them to protect vulnerable people in our communities. Do you agree with these priorities and how important are they to you; your organisation or your community?


  • We have shared with you our objectives for how we believe we can achieve these priorities. Do you think the objectives are clear and comprehensive? 


  • We have also shared our Business Plan with you. This will act as our blueprint for delivering our objectives, within the constraints that are present and under our current unprecedented circumstances. Do you think the Business Plan sets out what needs to happen? Can it be improved in anyway?

Our consultation is open now and can be found on the ESAB Strategic Plan Consultation 2021 page on the ESAB website. We look forward to hearing your views.

(Deadline 19th Feb)

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Updated SETSAF

The SETSAF form has been updated due to a fax number no longer in use. Please make sure you and your colleagues are using the most recent version, that can be downloaded from the ESAB Reporting Concerns webpage.

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Ruth SAR

ESAB has published a summary of a Safeguarding Adult Review regarding Ruth (pseudonym), 61 years who suffered an incident of serious abuse in 2018.  Section 44 of the Care Act 2014 places responsibilities on Safeguarding Adults Boards to conduct a review involving an adult in its area, with needs for care and support, when the adult does not die, but it is known or suspected that they have experienced serious abuse or neglect.

Ruth lived with her parents, with her father providing the majority of her care.  In 2018, Ruth was admitted to Hospital, following an act of poisoning by her father. Ruth’s father was also admitted to hospital having taken an overdose of medication.  Although both were very ill for some time, both Ruth and her father survived

The SAR touches on the following issues:

  • Decisions about Ruth’s care and support needs were being made following conversations with family, with Ruth’s views not always being sought
  • The importance of carers assessments and care contingency planning
  • The need for staff to have the skills and competencies to hold difficult conversations with family members
  • The importance of formal clinical supervision for practitioners responding to safeguarding concerns

The summary of the Safeguarding Adult Review can be accessed from the ESAB Case Reviews webpage.

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NEW SAR e-Learning now live!

ESAB have launched a brand new, free e-Learning course on safeguarding adults reviews (SARs). 

The learning outcomes for the course are that by the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Provide a summary of what happened to Ruth
  • Highlight good practice and challenges faced in the case
  • Demonstrate the importance of accurate recording and information sharing
  • Review the lessons learned and the key recommendations

The course should take around 15-20 minutes to complete and should work on tablets, laptops and computers.  

Access the course here. 

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Training updates

Last chance to book!

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Essex Trading Standards - vaccination scams

Essex Trading Standards are advising to be extra vigilant to scammers taking advantage of the pandemic situation by targeting residents with fake texts concerning vaccinations.  They have warned that the messages ask the receiver to click a link in order to book their vaccination, before taking them to a fake NHS website and proceeding to take personal details and payment requests. 

In other parts of the country, people have also received emails with similar content, plus phone calls to book non-existent ‘vaccine appointments’. They are asked to confirm their booking by pressing a number on their phone which results in them being billed by their provider.

Essex Trading Standards advise that if you receive a scam text, forward it to 7726 so the number and fake website can be taken down.


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EPUT Mental Health Crisis Line

A mental health phone line has launched across Essex.

The 24-hour service, by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), offers immediate and specialist support to adults experiencing mental health crisis.

Callers will be connected to trained staff at EPUT who can provide timely and appropriate support and advice. The service is for people aged 18 and over and aims to ensure those in need of support can access it quickly when they need it most.

It is hoped the service will help alleviate pressure on hospital accident and emergency services and GP surgeries.

Anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2).

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SETDAB - help and support for domestic abuse victims

Following from the Southend, Thurrock and Essex Domestic Abuse Board campaign at the end of last year, video resources are now available to spread awareness of help and support available for domestic abuse victims as well as support for people who want to change their abusive behaviour.

The videos can be accessed on the SETDAB website.

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Domestic Abuse Surge

Coronavirus has prompted a huge surge in domestic abuse, yet victims of abuse are reporting difficulty in accessing help and support.

Many of us are spending more time at home and may be concerned about neighbours or friends.  We might be volunteering and visiting people in their homes, where we are the only people they see., but would we know how to recognise and respond to domestic abuse? 

Training sessions to help spot signs of domestic abuse and support those affected are available through the J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative .

J9 training open to professionals and anyone working in the community and helps them to recognise domestic abuse and respond to survivors.

The free, hour-long awareness raising sessions will equip attendees with the tools to recognise abuse, respond appropriately and help people access the support they need. 

Following the training attendees are given a badge, lanyard and/or stickers to identify themselves or their workplace as a J9 champion. They also receive access a J9 information pack that they can make available to anyone to who might need it. The pack has a wealth of information on local and national support services, and what help people are entitled to. 

Abusers isolate their victims making it difficult, if not impossible, to seek help. By empowering members of the community to know how to react we can ensure that more people have access to the help they need.

The J9 initiative is named in memory of Janine Mundy, who was killed by her estranged husband whilst he was on Police bail. It was started by her family and the local police in Cambourne, Cornwall, where she lived and aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and assist victims to access help and support. We remain in contact with her family who give their full support.  

If you would like to attend training or would like further information contact the team

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Disability Hate Crime

The Essex Strategic Hate Crime Prevention Partnership would like to raise awareness of what they do and what services are available for victims of hate crime in Essex. They want to encourage people to report disability hate crime to Essex Police, or another reporting service outlined in their leaflets which can be accessed on the ESAB website. But crucially, they want to encourage anyone affected by hate crime to contact Victim Support.

Victim Support are a national charity, with a service based in Essex, that provide practical and emotional support to people affected by hate crime. They are open 24/7 and can be contacted using a range of contact methods, including:

  • Call 0808 168 9111,
  • Visit or,
  • use Next Generation Text by adding 18001 before any of Victim Support’s phone numbers.
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Department of Health & Social Care - emergency guidance on mental capacity and the pandemic

Guidance has been released by the government as a result of the updates made to the Mental Capacity Act (2005) concerning COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out nationally within communities.

The document can be accessed on the website.

A ‘MCA and COVID vaccinations in care homes’ webinar and guidance resources can be accessed on the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website.

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