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Self Neglect & Adult Safeguarding: Responding to Self Neglect & Hoarding during Covid-19

Thursday 14 Jan 2021


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The Covid-19 pandemic has created new levels of isolation and loneliness for people increasing the risk of self-neglect. Self-neglect can be a complex and challenging issue for practitioners because of the need to find the balance between respecting a person’s autonomy and fulfilling a duty to protect the adult’s health and well-being.

“While the pandemic has shown how we can all pull together and support our communities, sadly it also means that abuse and neglect can be harder to spot.”

Richard Jones CBE, LSAB Independent Chair, Leeds Safeguarding Adult Board 2020

This conference which features extended interactive sessions focuses on the difficult issue of self neglect and adult safeguarding during Covid-19 and includes an extended focus on hoarding. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended interactive group work the conference will cover self neglect, meeting the statutory safeguarding guidance, safeguarding people who self neglect: the evidence and what works, developing guidance for professionals when dealing with self neglect during Covid-19 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 people who are self neglecting in a multidisciplinary way.

The conference will provide an opportunity to:

• Reflect on the challenges of Covid-19 in managing self neglect

• Understand the latest evidence about what works in managing self neglect

• Learn and reflect on serious case reviews involving self neglect

• Managing risk and support a strengths based way of working to work together to identify meaningful solutions

• 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

Speakers Include:

Suzy Braye

Emerita Professor of Social Work
University of Sussex

Cath Erine

Adult Safeguarding Board Manager
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or a virtual booth, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience on-site and virtually 
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for virtual & hybrid exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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