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Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services

Chaired by Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network, this one day health and social care conference focuses on safeguarding vulnerable adults in mental health services. The conference will provide an important opportunity for delegates to share experiences, raise issues and seek clarity through discussion with expert speakers and colleagues working in the same specialism.

The conference opens with an update from Pete Morgan Chair PASAUK on 'What do we mean by Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services?' Pete's session will consider:

  • what do we mean by ‘safeguarding’?
  • some implications of the Care Act for mental health services
  • the use of ‘thresholds’
  • some key issues around safeguarding for mental health services
  • the difference between safeguarding and quality assurance

In his presentation Pete commented:

"The Care Act doesn’t define abuse or neglect other than to say that abuse includes financial abuse."

"The aims of adult safeguarding are to raise public awareness so that communities play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect"

"Safeguarding is intrusive – we should pursue the least intrusive and most effective option"

"Safeguarding has become a ‘catch-all’ and systems are getting log-jammed"

"Safeguarding has been covering – in both senses – deficiencies in other options such as commissioning, assessment & care management, regulation and quality assurance"

Full powerpoint presentation

Pete Morgan's Biography

Pete started his career as a residential social worker in 1974, having read Philosophy at University. He is a registered Social Worker, having qualified in 1980, and has worked in residential, intermediate treatment and community services, including being an ASW. His local authority management posts included a juvenile justice team, both generic and adult patch teams, and commissioning care services from the independent and voluntary sectors, before he became the Vulnerable Adult Protection Coordinator in Coventry in 2003. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Head of Service – Safeguarding Adults for Birmingham Adults and Community Services.

From 2010 to 2014 he was the Independent Chair, Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board and from 2014 – 2015 he was the Interim Independent Chair, Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees, PASAUK, a member of the DoH’s Safeguarding Adults Stakeholders Group, Chair of the Safeguarding Panel, Advance, a co-chair of the CPS West Midlands Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel – Hate Crime and a member of the Editorial Board, the Journal of Adult Protection.

He also teaches the Safeguarding Adults sessions on the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham Social Work courses and is a Tutor on the University of Warwick course. He has completed two MA courses in Safeguarding Adults and authored Safeguarding Adult Reviews and a Domestic Homicide Review.

The morning continues with an update from Paul Scates Senior Peer Specialist Campaigner and Ambassador on 'Service user perspectives on safeguarding in mental health' and will cover:

  • the safeguarding system: does it work for people with mental health problems? 
  • how does it feel to be on the receiving end of a safeguarding alert in mental health? 
  • increasing involvement and empowerment for service users 

Paul Scates Biography

Paul Scates born and raised on the Jurassic coast in the Southwest of the UK. Educated at a top comprehensive school in Bournemouth, Paul later attended university and received his BA (Hons) in Arts & Events Production alongside BA (Hons) in Public Relations & Marketing.

Paul works and spends a good portion of his time in London as a creative events director and mental health ambassador.

Paul’s career has been vast and varied mainly due to his passion for life and his eclectic range of interests. Paul has a natural effervescence & gregarious nature which has allowed him to flourish and find his niche working within the entertainment & mental health sectors’.

Paul has worked within radio, music management, creative events, travel, retail, catering & hospitality and lastly PR & marketing.

One of Paul’s main passions is a genuine interest in people and he naturally carries a great humility for his fellow man.  He has a clear desire to enrich the lives of others and often works tirelessly for the good of various charitable organisations, most specifically within the spheres of mental health.

A pivotal moment of change for Paul was an admission to a day hospital some six years ago where he realised for the first time in his adult life he needed to accept his illness and take charge of his wellbeing & recovery.

Paul now delivers training and presentations to various audiences within the media, corporate sectors, acute psychiatric hospitals, prison services, NHS England and parliamentary offices on a front end level dealing directly with service users, clinicians and other professional workers. Paul offers an advocacy structure which supports all of those involved and provides training and development which provides businesses with a clear and definitive structure in which they can adopt to meet the needs and desires of both their organisations and those of their employees. With this in mind Paul is extremely focused to narrate his journey and to talk through the strategies and tools for which people can implement and are so vitally imperative to one’s recovery. More recently Paul has been training to become a professional counsellor to enhance his current one to one therapeutic practice. Paul is regularly invited to speak and national and international conferences delivering to a cross section of audiences from leading clinicians to MP’s and other leading professional bodies.

Paul clearly has a passion to be a voice for many; those who have been abused, those who suffer from varying mental health conditions, rape victims and also those who have experienced discrimination of any degree. Paul’s enlightenment through a realisation that as a well and recovered human being, illness nor adversities have to dictate our future lives and it is with this knowledge he has and continues to help many. This has been Paul’s huge driving force and explains why he wishes to give back to society. It is also his reasoning for putting himself forward as a media representative and regularly appears as an expert on the BBC, ITV, CH4, CH5, Sky News, national radio and print and many other media outlets highlighting mental health as part of being a ‘normal’ human being.

Finally Paul is currently working towards a change of certain policies which he hopes will eventually enrich the lives of others. He is a strong believer that for all he has been through should not be in vain and merely it was a journey he had to bear in order to make positive changes and to prove there is a better life for everyone.

Following on from his belief he has also commented “society needs to realise they actively need to take heed of the fact that we cannot castigate those with mental health nor persecute them for having such an illness or to further ostracise them through fear and ignorance. This kind of negative process creates a further sustained period of illness, shame, worthlessness and worst of all suicide. It really is time to change for the good of our nations.”


25 April 2017

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