ESAB Bulletin March 2021

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March 2021 Update


William Sar

ESAB has published the findings of a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) regarding William, aged 83, who died in October 2018 after taking an overdose of pain medication.

William had multiple long-term physical health conditions and a history of depression.  He lived alone, without any close family, but he was supported by a number of friends and neighbours.  In addition, domiciliary carers and community nurses visited William to provide care. 

The issues considered during the review included:

  • How effectively agencies in contact with William worked together, in the months prior to his death
  • The challenges faced by William accessing GP services whilst in respite care.
  • What practitioners knew of William’s declining physical and mental health, including William’s assertion that he wished to end his life.
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Training updates

ESAB have released brand new 2021/2022 virtual training dates which can be accessed in the Learning & Development area of our website, or alternatively click on the icons below.



Essex Trading Standards - vaccination scam texts

The NHS is sending texts to some people to invite them to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. These may come from a local NHS service, or from 'NHSvaccine'. 

Essex Trading Standards are raising awareness to scam texts that may look like they are from the NHS, though are not, and to remind people that the NHS will never ask for payment details and to be extra vigilant.

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

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Exploitation E-Learning

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) have launched a new e-learning package to support anyone who would like to improve their knowledge and understanding about exploitation. The e-learning package has been developed in partnership with the Violence and Vulnerability Unit and Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Partnerships. 

The e-learning package is free to access for those working or volunteering in Southend, Essex and Thurrock and includes three learning modules that cover exploitation awareness, child exploitation and adult exploitation.

The purpose of the e-learning package is to raise awareness about all types of exploitation and to help people recognise the potential signs of exploitation, covering aspects such as grooming, adolescent brain development, modern day slavery and contextual safeguarding.

Access the e-learning.



LGBTQ+ helpline

A new Hate Crime Helpline for anyone in the UK who has experienced anti-LGBT+ abuse, violence or harassment has been launched.

The LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline, by LGBT+ charity Galop, is open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, and can be reached on 020 7704 2040 or by emailing  

Galop can provide independent advice, support, and signposting to local organisations. Their helpline is run by LGBT+ people for LGBT+ people, and it is completely confidential. Anyone affected by anti-LGBT+ abuse can talk to the helpline team about abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, or violence they’ve experienced because of their orientation or gender identity. It is operated by Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity supporting people facing hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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COVID Scams Leaflet

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority has released a new COVID-19 scams leaflet to raise awareness of criminals who are using the pandemic to take advantage of people through text message.

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NICE Guidance of Safeguarding Adults in Care Homes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have been working on guidance for safeguarding adults in care homes. The guidance has now been published and is available on their website.

The guidelines includes potential indicators of abuse and neglect by individuals or organisations, and covers the safeguarding process from when a concern is first identified through to section 42 safeguarding enquiries. There are recommendations on policy, training, and care home culture, to improve care home staff awareness of safeguarding and ensure people can report concerns when needed.


Lasting power of attorney your voice, your decision

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) have launched a campaign throughout the month to promote the importance and benefits of making an LPA. The campaign also clears up some of the myths around LPAs.


FGM Resource Pack

The Home Office have released a new female genital mutilation (FGM) resource pack in response to requests for clearer direction from central government about the safeguarding responsibilities of local authorities.

It is designed to highlight examples from areas where effective practice has been identified and to emphasise what works in protecting survivors and those at risk of FGM.


New laws to protect victims added to Domestic Abuse Bill

New amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill have been pushed to provide greater protections for victims and further clamping down on perpetrators.

The proposals include making non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, punishable by up to five years in prison. The act typically involves an abuser strangling or intentionally affecting their victim’s breathing in an attempt to control or intimidate them. The amendment announcement follows concerns that perpetrators were avoiding punishment as the practice can often leave no visible injury, making it harder to prosecute under existing offences such as Actual Bodily Harm (ABH).

The Government will also strengthen legislation around controlling or coercive behaviour (CCB) – no longer making it a requirement for abusers and victims to live together. The change follows a government review which highlighted that those who leave abusive ex-partners can often be subjected to sustained or increased controlling or coercive behaviour post-separation.

Additionally, ‘revenge porn’ laws that were introduced by the government in 2015 will be widened to include threats to disclose intimate images with the intention to cause distress. More than 900 abusers have been convicted since revenge porn was outlawed, however these changes will see those who threaten to share such images facing up to two years in prison.



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