ESAB Bulletin May 2021


May 2021 Update


Leanne Safeguarding Adult Review

The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) has published the findings of a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) regarding Leanne, aged 25, who died in March 2018 . 

ESAB must carry out a SAR when an adult in its area dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the person.

Leanne had an eating disorder and had been supported by mental health services since the age of 16.  She received support and treatment from the Eating Disorder Team, Occupational Therapy, out-patient appointments with Consultant Psychiatrists and Care Co-ordinators. Leanne had been living in supported accommodation since 2013 and was also supported by her family.

The issues considered during the review included:

  • How effectively agencies worked together to support Leanne.
  • Whether different approaches could have been considered
  • What preventative actions could have been taken by agencies that may have reduced the possibility of Leanne’s health deteriorating.

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Safeguarding Adult Review Learning Brief - William

ESAB have produced a Learning Brief for the recent William SAR, the resource acting as a breakdown of the main report, with the aim of providing a more consolidated read. 

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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.



SETDAB launch LGBTQ+ eLearning package

SETDAB's LGBTQ+ Community & Domestic Abuse Basic Awareness e-Learning package can now be accessed via the ESCA Academy partnership e-learning platform.

This site is free to use for organisations across Southend, Essex & Thurrock. Please visit the site and register your details. The e-learning package covers the following learning outcomes:

  • To have an understanding of the prevalence and complexities of domestic abuse in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Increased understanding of the differences in domestic abuse experienced by LGBTQ+ victims.
  • To have an understanding of the barriers to accessing support for LGBTQ+ victims.
  • Improve confidence for professionals working with LGBTQ+ victims.
  • To have an understanding of how to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

 Click here for further information



Domestic Abuse Bill passed

The Domestic Abuse Bill has passed both Houses of Parliament and been signed into law.  The act will provide further protections to the millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthen measures to tackle perpetrators.  

For the first time in history there will be a wide-ranging legal definition of domestic abuse which takes into consideration that abuse goes beyond physical violence, including emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse.  

New measures see protections and support for victims ensuring that abusers will no longer be allowed to directly cross-examine their victims in the family and civil courts, and giving victims better access to special measures in the courtroom to help prevent intimidation – such as protective screens and giving evidence via video link.

Police will also be given new powers including Domestic Abuse Protection Notices providing victims with immediate protection from abusers, while courts will be able to hand out new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to help prevent offending by forcing perpetrators to take steps to change their behaviour, including seeking mental health support or drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

A new addition to the bill see’s non fatal strangulation marked as a crime, extending an offence to cover the threat to disclose intimate images, and clarifying the law to further clamp down on claims of “rough sex gone wrong” in cases involving death or serious injury.  

Other measures included in the act include:  

  • extending the controlling or coercive behaviour offence to cover post-separation abuse
  • explicitly recognise children as victims if they see, hear or experience the effects of  abuse 
  • establish in law the office of Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers
  • placing a duty on local authorities in England to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation 
  • provide that all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse automatically have ‘priority need’ for homelessness assistance
  • place the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s law”) on a statutory footing 

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Supporting people living with dementia through safeguarding processes

New guidance that sets out good practice for working people living with dementia is now available. It suggests ways in which professionals can provide quality safeguarding and best involve people in decision-making.

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Update on mental capacity and DoLS guidance

Following the easing of some restrictions as part of government’s planned roadmap out of lockdown, the Department of Health and Social Care have updated the Mental Capacity Act and deprivation of liberty safeguards during the pandemic guidance, in relation to advice for professionals visiting care homes and hospitals. Visits by professionals can now occur when needed and that they should be supported wherever it is possible to do so safely.


Click here to view the Mental Capacity Act and deprivation of liberty safeguards during the pandemic guidance


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