ESAB Bulletin September 2021

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September 2021 Update


Essex County Council Care Home Covid Review

The Essex Safeguarding Partnership is working together to understand the differences and issues that may have affected outbreaks of Covid across the county, by launching a review which is being led by the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) Independent Chair, Deborah Stuart-Angus.

The aim is to develop the knowledge that will enable key support for the care home sector, by understanding lessons learned, so that together, the partnership can future proof any ’next phase’ that could be faced. The Review will share its learning outcomes, to provide constructive support to all Care Homes in Essex, Commissioners, the Integrated Care System, ESAB and enable further County resilience, during what remains a challenging time.

The Review will hold no element of ‘blame seeking’ but to carry out the sole and single purpose of holding systemic learning in the highest regard - to enable both residents and organisations, to benefit from the learning outcomes.

The Review will be supported by a Reference Group, where Care Homes will be represented by The Essex Care Association, however non-members will still be included in the Review. Methodology will be rooted in systems learning and action research, aiming to understand the context within which professionals made complex judgments and decisions about risk and vulnerability, as part of multi-agency arrangements. This Review therefore, will enable professionals, service users and carers, to identify factors that will promote and enhance the quality of support for people with care and support needs; will highlight factors that may have hindered or obstructed the same and seek out good practice.

Care Home Survey Link

The survey is available until 10.10.21 

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FREE webinars- learning from local Board's

The eight East of England SABs are running a series of Webinars in 2021/22 to share learning on a range of themes emerging from SARS undertaken and lessons learned during COVID-19. The themes have been identified as ones which will have relevance and interest within the East of England.

Who should attend?
The webinars are aimed at Board / sub group members, adult safeguarding
leads and anyone with an interest in adult safeguarding.

Learning objectives
• To provide a short briefing on a theme
• To explore the topic in relation to emerging issues from the pandemic
• Participants to discuss and identify relevant lessons for their organisation /
• Enable multi agency learning

More information & booking

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Training Updates

ESAB have released 2021/2022 virtual training dates which can be accessed in the Learning & Development area of our website


Pilot Project for LGBTQ+ Support Services.

A collaborative pilot project between Open Road and OutHouse East has been launched as they conduct research into establishing the local unmet need for a service to support people from the LGBTQ+ community, who may be struggling with substance misuse and mental health issues. The research is based in North Essex and the aims of it are to identify the number of people identifying as LGBTQ+, how many use substances and if people have accessed support around substance misuse.  The hopes for this project are to find out why members of the LGBTQ+ community in Essex may not be accessing services and how this can be improved, as well as to directly promote substance misuse services to those in the community that need them.

Open Road are providing an outreach worker, and OutHouse East will be running LGBTQ+ awareness sessions. The project was originally planned to run over 2020-21, unfortunately COVID-19 prevented outreach work and the project was paused. It resumed in June 2021 and will continue until February 2022.

Survey Link


Lived experience of COVID survey

Healthwatch are currently gathering lived experiences around the physical effects of the Covid19 pandemic and associated restrictions, such as ‘lockdown’, in the north east Essex area.

As part of this work, they are encouraging the completion of the survey by people in the Colchester and Tendring districts. Responses are completely anonymous unless someone indicates that they would be interested in talking to one of the Healthwatch team in a little more depth about their experiences, and then their details will be used solely for the purpose of making contact to discuss.

Survey Link

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'Tricky Friends' animation

"Tricky Friends" is a short animation developed by the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) to help people to understand what good friendships are, when they might be harmful, and what they can do.

NSAB developed the resource through discussions with groups and organisations who support people with learning disabilities and autism, about how to raise awareness of issues like exploitation, county lines, cuckooing.

It is important that people with learning disabilities and autism, those who have cognitive difficulties, and also children and young adults, have positive opportunities to make and maintain friendships. The animation aims to help them to to do this, to reduce the risk of harm and exploitation in groups who may be less able to recognise the intentions of others. 

The animation can be used with or by anyone - carers, family, organisations, groups.

Animation Link



Impact of Covid on older people: Age UK report

Age UK has published a report on the impact of the pandemic on older people, exploring the effects on their physical and mental health, how they have coped with loneliness and isolation as well as loss bereavement and grief.

Report Link


Call for Cultural Competency Domestic Abuse Training

A campaign launched this month led by Sistah Space, a domestic abuse charity supporting women of African and Caribbean heritage highlights how black women are at increased risk of being left with their abusers after police are called due to an incident of violence.

The video raises awareness to the need for an introduction of mandatory training for police and agencies supporting black women who are victims of domestic abuse.

According to research by Sistah Space, 86% of women of African and/or Caribbean heritage in the UK have either been a victim of domestic abuse or know a family member who has been assaulted. However, only 57% of victims said they would report the abuse to the police.The charity also recorded a 400% rise in calls during the pandemic.

Video Link

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Smart Devices creating opportunity for abuse

Almost 70% of women aged 16-19 are receiving help for psychological abuse were targeted through smartphones or tablets.

Domestic Abuse charity Refuge have warned of the 'growing opportunity' for abusers to use technology, with increasing numbers of young women being referred to domestic abuse charities.

With young women having more devices and more social media accounts,this creates more options for a perpetrator.

Between 2019 and 2020, 714 young women were referred to Refuge, with 70% of them suffering psychological or emotional abuse. In 68% of those cases, the perpetrator – overwhelmingly husbands or boyfriends – had used technology.

Young women are under pressure to share passwords and account details 'to prove trust in a relationship'. Newer trends see relationships playing out, at least in part, online and this is giving perpetrators growing opportunities to use technology to abuse and harm.

The new statutory definition of domestic abuse now specifically recognises psychological abuse as a form of domestic abuse, and captures a range of different behaviours, including abuse through technology.


Which? Report : Scam text messages increase by nearly 700% in first six months of year

Which? have released figures showing reports of smishing (SMS phishing) in the UK increased by nearly 700%t in the first six months of 2021 compared to the second half of 2020.

Smishing scams often involve texts pretending to be from banks, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), delivery companies and phone networks.

The pandemic has seen scammers taking advantage of coronavirus pandemic related shopping trends, such as people getting more deliveries to their homes, as well as the growth in businesses sending texts to customers.

Which? research found seven in 10 (71%) people say they do not trust text messages from companies to be free from scam risks.


New Modern Slavery sentencing guidelines published

The Sentencing Council have published new guidelines for sentencing offenders convicted of modern slavery offences in England and Wales, following consultation.

The new guidelines will give judges and magistrates dedicated guidelines to follow when sentencing offenders guilty of offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, including slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.  

The new guidelines, which come into effect on 1 October 2021, aim to promote consistency of approach in this area of sentencing and help the courts pass appropriate sentences when dealing with modern slavery offences.

Guidelines Link


Social media platforms 'increasingly prominent in radicalisation'

A research study in radicalisation has been conducted by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) with data being published in a parliamentary report by the Ministry of Justice.

Researchers were given access to more than 230 detailed post-conviction assessments to investigate online and offline activities in the build-up to the offence, together with ratings of risk levels and further characteristics of each individual and case.

The study explored the relationship between online activity and the type of offences committed among three groups: those who primarily radicalised online; those who primarily radicalised offline; and those radicalised through both online and offline influences.

Findings show that since 2005 the proportion of offenders radicalised online has increased, while at the same time those who were subject primarily to offline influences were found to have decreased.

The types of websites, platforms and applications used by those who are convicted of extremist offences were found to have changed over time, moving away from specific extremist websites towards the use of open social media platforms.

The research, which included reports containing assessments of overall levels of engagement, intent and capability, also reveals that those who had radicalised mainly or solely online were the least likely to be engaged with an extremist group, cause or ideology, and least willing and able to perpetrate violent extremist acts.

They were also less likely to be socially connected to other extremists offline in the context of the offence and more likely to display strong signs of mental illness or personality disorder.

Those who had radicalised primarily offline were more likely to take on the role of attacker compared against the other two groups and were less likely to follow an Islamist extremist ideology as opposed to another ideological cause.

When analysing the perceived risk of committing future violent extremist offences, the ‘hybrid’ group, which included those who were subject to both online and offline influences, were found to have the highest levels of engagement and intent to commit future extremist offences, compared to the other pathway groups.

The group primarily radicalised offline were found to have the highest levels of capability to commit future extremist offences likely to cause serious or significant harm, again compared to the other pathway groups.

It can be seen from the findings that the pathway to radicalisation individuals take can make a crucial difference in terms of the risks they pose – this highlights the need for a more systematic investigation of online dynamics in the context of radicalisation.

It is hoped that sustained efforts in the profiling of online and offline pathways into radicalisation can contribute to counter-terrorism measures and more effective offender assessment and treatment with the prison system.



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