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Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding: Responding to Self Neglect & Hoarding

Friday 27 September 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding: Responding to Self Neglect & Hoarding
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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

“Self Neglect covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surrounding and includes behaviour such as hoarding. It is important to consider capacity when self-neglect is suspected. Also consider how it may impact on other family members and whether this gives rise to a safeguarding concern.” NHS England

“Self-neglect is an extreme lack of self-care, it is sometimes associated with hoarding and may be a result of other issues such as addictions. Practitioners in the community, from housing officers to social workers, police and health professionals can find working with people who self-neglect extremely challenging. The important thing is to try to engage with people, to offer all the support we are able to without causing distress, and to understand the limitations to our interventions if the person does not wish to engage.” SCIE 2018

This conference which features extended interactive masterclass focuses on the difficult issue of self neglect and adult safeguarding and includes an extended focus on hoarding. 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
  • Understand hoarding behaviour and the psychological / mental health issues associated with Hoarding
  • 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

Quotes from the last event on this subject whereby 100% of delegates would recommend the event to a colleague:
“Excellent, huge learning opportunity”
“Excellent, very good, engaging, expert content”
“Well informed speakers addressed all the issues and dilemmas – excellent”
“Great conference, really helped me think about the way patients are treated – will inform practice”


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