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Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding

Monday 4 February 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding
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“Self-neglect is often hidden from view and can lead to life changing social and health concerns which can sometimes be fatal.” Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, Professor Emeritus at Bedfordshire University, 2018

This conference which features extended interactive masterclass focuses on the difficult issue of self neglect and adult safeguarding. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended interactive group work the conference will cover self neglect under the Care Act 2014, meeting the statutory safeguarding guidance, safeguarding people who self neglect: the evidence and what works, developing guidance for professionals when dealing with self neglect and resistance to engage with services, an extended session on hoarding, and an extended session on dealing with the underlying causes of self neglect working in partnership with service user in a multidisciplinary way.

The conference will provide an opportunity to:

• Understand the latest evidence about what works in managing self neglect
• Understand the meaning and significance of the self-neglect, taking account of the individual’s life experience
• Learn and reflect on serious case reviews involving self neglect
• Communicate about risks and options with honesty and openness, particularly where coercive action is a possibility
• Share experiences and learning with other colleagues around working on difficult self-neglect cases through interactive facilitated group work
• Self assess and improve your local guidance for professionals when dealing with self-neglect and resistance to engage with services
• Reflect on professional decision making with regard to capacity and unwise decisions vs unacceptable risk?
• Explore responses to Hoarding and how this fits with in the self neglect safeguarding response
• Understand issues of Mental Capacity, Choice and Autonomy when responding to self neglect concerns and resistance to service engagement

When the Care Act 2014 came into effect in April 2015, self-neglect was included as a safeguarding issue for the first time. The need to protect people from abuse and neglect is a key element of the Care Act. The 2016 the Safeguarding Statutory Guidance stated that “Self neglect covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding. It should be noted that self neglect may not prompt a section 42 enquiry. An assessment should be made on a case by case basis. A decision on whether a response is required under safeguarding will depend on the adult’s ability to protect themselves by controlling their own behaviour. There may come a point when they are no longer able to do this, without external support.” Care and support statutory guidance, Department of Health

 

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