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Warwickshire Safeguarding have published a series of 'Spotlight Features', to highlight specific topics. This includes news articles, events, campaigns and information on certain safeguarding subjects. The links below provide in-depth information for practitioners and the community at large across Warwickshire. The aim of which is to heighten awareness and understanding of Safeguarding.

Warwickshire Safeguarding have put together some useful information and facts to help raise awareness and understanding of this type of abuse. Unfortunately, these types of incidents are prevalent in our society. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as such we all have a duty to help safeguard those individuals, who may be experiencing abuse, or at risk of abuse or neglect. We hope you will find this article useful.

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What is Disability Hate Crime?

A disability hate crime is a criminal offence motivated by hatred or prejudice towards a person because of their actual or perceived disability.

“Any incident/crime, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.” - Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

The incident can be a one-off or it can be a series of ongoing harassments.
Despite initial assumptions that it is only strangers to the victim that commit these crimes, perpetrators can also be carers, neighbours, family members or someone that was considered a friend.


Is Hate Crime the same as Discriminatory Abuse?

Discriminatory Abuse includes discrimination on the grounds of race, faith or religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation and political views, along with racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist comments or jokes, or comments and jokes based on a person’s disability or any other form of harassment, slur or similar treatment. Hate crime can be viewed as a form of discriminatory abuse, although will often involve other types of abuse as well. It also includes not responding to dietary needs and not providing appropriate spiritual support. Excluding a person from activities on the basis they are ‘not liked’ is also discriminatory abuse.
- Taken from page 21 of the West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.


What is Mate Crime, and how does it link with Hate Crime?
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Mate crime is when someone says they are your friend, but they do things that take advantage of you, like ask you for money a lot. A real friend does not need to be bought, and someone who takes your money, asks you to pay for lots of things, or makes you feel uncomfortable is not a true friend.

If someone who says they are your friend hurts you, steals from you or makes you do something you don’t want to do, you should tell someone you trust right away.

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How friends, family and support workers can spot the signs of Mate Crime

Mate crime is often hidden but these signs may indicate something is wrong:

  • They suddenly appear to have a new friend or a much larger friendship group and a more active social life. These new people seem to have an undue influence. They may be visiting the adult with care and support needs at home for social gatherings.
  • They comment that their friends will be disappointed if a certain activity doesn’t take place. They may express worry that they’ll lose their friends. They may appear uneasy about the friendship.
  • They may be spending their own money to pay for concert tickets for others or taxi fares or rounds of drinks. They may be buying gifts for other people or giving away precious possessions. They may suddenly change their will.
  • The person may unexpectedly change their routine, behaviour or appearance. They may have unexplained injuries, look scruffy or dirty or show signs of mental ill health.


What is Warwickshire doing to prevent Disability Hate & Mate Crime in the County?

Safe Places

Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and the Warwickshire Learning Disability Partnership Board all support the Safe Places scheme in Warwickshire. Safe places are places such as shops and community centres where you can go to get help if you feel upset, scared or angry and/or if you are a victim of a hate crime. They may also call the local police community support officer for help.
Many people who have learning difficulties across Warwickshire feel safe that there is a scheme in place. To learn more about Safe Places scheme in Warwickshire, watch the video below and click the image below.

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Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQuIP)

The Equality and Inclusion Partnership has developed a Hate Crime Charter to support the business sector in identifying and reporting hate crimes and incidents, creating a safe environment where staff and customers can be supported if they are subjected to a hate crime or incident.

The Hate Crime Charter was developed in response to the year-on-year increase of hate related incidents reported to Warwickshire Police. According to the official police statistics outlined in the 2017 Warwickshire Annual Hate Crime Report, most hate crime was taking place in business sector settings, especially food outlets (take-a-ways, restaurants & cafes), supermarkets and shops. It has been developed in close collaboration with Warwickshire Police, Police & Crime Commissioner and Warwickshire County Council.

By participating in the Hate Crime Charter, local businesses can work to achieving four key 4 key principles which include:

  • Championing a no tolerance approach to hate crime within the respective business by creating a workplace culture where hate crime is not accepted in any shape or form and customers can be safeguarded.
  • To display the ‘No Hate Here’ branded resources which come in different forms including window stickers and posters. Displaying the ‘No Hate Here’ logo sends out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated within the given premises or if it is, something will be done about it.
  • To train at least three members of staff through the online Hate Crime Awareness training course. This short online training programme has been designed specifically to fit in with the needs of the business sector, offering flexibility for staff and volunteers to complete the training at a time to suit them.
  • And lastly, to report all hate related crimes/incidents. Reporting can be achieved by reporting online via the website which is simple and easy to use. Feedback from previous users of this designated website suggest that submitting a report only takes a few minutes and reports can be made to Warwickshire Police or EQuIP if people prefer to speak directly to a charity which is independent from the police. We acknowledge that online reporting does not suit everyone and some businesses may choose to just pick up the phone or email a member of the EQuIP team.Hate Crime Charter Logo

In terms of hate crime reporting, there is a huge issue with underreporting of hate crimes/incidents in Warwickshire, especially disability hate crime. According to the official police statistics, 14% of recorded hate crimes/incidents in 2018 were related to a person’s disability, but this figure is likely to be much higher. We strongly encourage everyone to come forward and report any hate crimes they experience or witness through Remember, you do not have to give your personal details if you are not comfortable, but remember to add as much detail as possible in your report so intelligence can be gathered with the view of progressing each case/incident.

If you would like further information regarding the Hate Crime Charter, please visit their website or contact a member of staff at EQuIP on 01788 863117 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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How do I report Disability Hate Crime and/or Mate Crime?

    • In an emergency call 999
    • For non-emergencies call 101
    • Call in at your local police station
    • Report online to True Vision at
    • Talk to a trusted friend, family member, support worker, social worker or teacher
    • Through a third party reporting centre

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Helpful Resources

We have put together some Posters, Leaflets and Information Booklets about Disability Hate Crime and Mate Crime. Click on an image to download the resource.

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Useful Websites

Mencap - Mate and Hate Crime
Warwickshire Police - Hate Crime
Warwickshire Hate Crime Partnership
Victim Support - Warwickshire Branch Details
True Vision - Disability Hate Crime
Warwickshire Safe Places Scheme
Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB)
Safety Net - ARC
Ann Craft Trust - What is Disability Hate Crime?
Dimensions UK - #ImWithSam
Equality and Inclusion Partnership


Videos & News Articles

Mate crime: how to spot it and stop it - by Learning Disability Today
What Social Workers need to know about Mate Crime - by Community Care
Disability hate crimes rise by one-third in a year across England and Wales - by The Independent

Mate Crime - Jodie's Story from Buffoon Film and Media on Vimeo.

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Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

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The Prevent Duty means that all Council staff, partners and commissioned services have a duty to complete one form of Prevent training. The e-learning and face to face training on offer ensures everyone is able to identify grooming, radicalisation and extremism and then understand how and where to get help and how to make a referral if necessary.

What is happening in Warwickshire?

Warwickshire has a Prevent Action Plan which focuses on our communities, learning opportunities, safer education and much more. By reading our ‘Prevent Plan on a Page’ resource this outlines the responsibilities of the plan. 


What training is available in Warwickshire?

Prevent training can be found on WILMA* and is accessible for all, both professionals and the public. This training can be achieved in the form of;

  • Prevent e-learning,
  • A face to face Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) session. Click here for a list of upcoming dates.
  • Train the Trainer WRAP course (if you feel you will be able to train your own teams in WRAP.) Click here for a list of upcoming dates.
  • A Prevent Update Course - for those who may have been on the WRAP course some while back and want to get the latest information regarding risk, the signs/symbols around extremism; internet use and also the support that’s available to safeguard local people.
  • Finally, there is the Prevent Online Grooming – Keeping Your Family Safe session which is free and open to practitioners and parents countywide by booking through the Eventbrite website. Follow the link for the session in Kenilworth, and the session in Stratford.

* Please note that there will be changes to the training booking site, WiLMA in the new financial year. To keep up to date with the latest booking methods, please visit the Prevent page on the Safe in Warwickshire website.


What do I do if I have a concern about someone being radicalised?

If you are concerned about an individual or group where there is a potential risk of radicalisation and violent extremism. Then please make a referral to the Warwickshire Channel Panel. Remember, anyone can make a referral if they have a concern of this nature. Go to the Safe in Warwickshire website to make a referral.


What happens once I make a referral?

Prevent referrals are sent into the ‘Channel Panel’ for review (see video below). As a referrer you may be invited to panel to support the information around the case you have referred. All Channel referrals must state clearly the link to extremism, terrorism, grooming or radicalisation otherwise referrals will be referred to the MASH team. The Channel Panel works with the informed consent of the individual subject to referral and provides a range of tailored support to help reduce the risk of the person being drawn into violent extremism.

Further information on Prevent, Channel Panel and referrals can be read in our Prevent A5 document (attached).


Who do I contact for help?

If you have a query about Prevent, contact the Prevent Officer Geoff Thomas in the Community Safety Team on 01926 412432. Visit our website for information on Prevent at the The website outlines Prevent training available, shares Prevent resources and you are able to download the Channel Panel referral form from this site.



Here are a selection of resources on Prevent which you may find useful. We do recommend visiting the Safe in Warwickshire website for the full list of downloadable resources, as well as current training available in Warwickshire on Prevent.

Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board have liaised with Warwickshire Public Health to collate the below information and guidance on Suicide Prevention, and the risks associated with loneliness for adults with care and support needs.

It is recognised that the added social, financial and family pressures over the festive period can mean that Christmas is a difficult time for many people, especially those who are vulnerable, lonely or facing difficult life circumstances. These factors can often cause an increased sense of isolation and loneliness for adults with care and support needs.
In this Spotlight you will find helpful advice, information and support that’s local to Warwickshire. We hope you will find everything you need to help you, a family member/friend, or people you work with, to help spread awareness and understanding of these difficult issues.

What do we mean by an Adult having ‘care and support needs’?

You may have heard the term ‘care and support needs’ often in regards to Safeguarding Adults, but may not necessarily understand what the term means.

The Care Act 2014 describes this as being someone who needs help in order that they can live in the best way they can, despite any illness or disability they might have. 

Although by no means an exhaustive list, it can include help with things like:

  • Getting out of bed,
  • Washing and dressing,
  • Getting to work,
  • Cooking or eating meals,
  • Seeing friends or being given a list to a social event,
  • Emotional support at a time of difficulty or stress,
  • Caring for families,
  • Being part of the community.

The definition of care and support also includes the help given by family and friends, as well as any help provided by Warwickshire County Council or other support organisations.


What support is there across Warwickshire for people struggling to cope with loneliness or having suicidal thoughts?

There is a range of mental health and wellbeing support services offered in a variety of ways across Warwickshire. You can;

  • Speak to someone in person at Warwickshire Wellbeing Hubs – for more information on free one to one support, walk-in sessions and drop-in sessions visit:
           - or call 02477 712288 in Warwickshire.
             You can see the opening times for services over the Christmas period here.
  • Speak to a trained professional at Mental Health Matters, which operates a free 24-hour helpline for Coventry and Warwickshire residents. It is open 365 days a year and provides an independent and confidential service to anyone who has a query about mental health related issues. They can offer emotional support as well as information on mental health related matters.
    Visit: or call 0800 616171.
  • Go online at: which is a free NHS-approved online resource which provides expert advice, practical tips, and experiences from real people to help manage mental health issues and those of others.

Other support in Warwickshire:

Go online at to access their completely anonymous online community, free to people living in Warwickshire and available 24/7.

Visit Warwickshire Libraries for Reading Well Books on Prescription (BOP) recommended self-help books, audio CDs and e-books

If you, or someone that you care for/support, are struggling to cope, please call Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone on 116 123 (UK and ROI) or visit the Samaritans website to find details of the nearest branch. Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

To find out more about the Mental Health and Wellbeing support services available within Warwickshire, visit

To find out about events and services in your local area, explore the Warwickshire Directory.


Helpful Resources

Independent Age

Mind, the Mental Health Charity

Warwickshire County Council


Foundation for people with learning disabilities


National Campaigns

‘We Listen’ / #smalltalksaveslives - Campaign from Network Rail & Samaritans
“Every suicide affects family and friends, as well as our employees, commuters and the wider community. Along with Britain’s train operating companies and British Transport Police, we’ve been working with Samaritans to raise awareness of its services since 2010.” - National Rail

'We Listen'

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
“The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action.” - extract from CALM’s website

Campaign to End Loneliness
“Loneliness is a deeply personal experience, which makes addressing the issue particularly complex for commissioners and service providers. This resource provides adult social care, clinical commissioning groups and public health teams guidance on planning how to address the loneliness experienced by older people in their local populations.” - extract from the Loneliness and Isolation: Guidance for Local Authorities and Commissioners

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Jo Cox Foundation - Loneliness: Start a conversation
“Together with our partners who have continued the work on loneliness started by Jo, we welcome the government’s first ever loneliness strategy – echoing Jo’s strong belief that loneliness is one of the most pressing public health challenges facing the country. As she herself said: “Young or old – loneliness does not discriminate.”” - Jo Cox Foundation

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Age UK Christmas Campaign
“At Christmas, images of busy, happy families are everywhere. That's not everyone's reality. Some people relish the thought of a quiet Christmas on their own, but for others the thought of a Christmas day that's not bustling with noise and activity is a difficult one.
This year there are Christmas lunches happening across the UK for older people to join in. Find out what's going on near you on the Community Christmas website. Just pop your postcode in and they'll show you events going on in your area. Turkey or not turkey – that's the question.” - extract from Age UK’s Christmas Campaign


Useful Websites

The Silver Line: Helpline for Older People
“The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people:
• a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country
• a befriending service to combat loneliness
• a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm” - extract from The Silver Line website

“We are Mind: Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.” - extract from Mind’s website

“We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.” - extract from Samaritan’s website

Mental Health Foundation
“The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems.” - extract from the MHF’s website

Age UK
“Age UK's vision is to make the UK a great place to grow older. We do this by inspiring, supporting and enabling in a number of ways.” - extract from Age UK’s website

Warwickshire Safeguarding have put together some information, and news articles to help raise awareness.

What is Neglect and Acts of Omission?

“These include ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, and the withholding of the necessities of life such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating. Neglect also includes a failure to intervene in situations that are dangerous to the person concerned or to others, particularly when the person lacks the mental capacity to assess risk for themselves. Neglect and poor professional practice may take the form of isolated incidents or pervasive ill treatment and gross misconduct. Neglect of this type may happen within a adult’s own home or in an institution. Repeated instances of poor care may be an indication of more serious problems. Neglect can be intentional or unintentional.” - West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy & Procedures 2016

Possible Indicators of Neglect and Acts of Omission:

  • Adult has inadequate heating and/or lighting;
  • Adult’s physical condition/appearance is poor (e.g. ulcers, pressure sores, soiled or wet clothing);
  • Adult is malnourished, has sudden or continuous weight loss and/or is dehydrated;
  • Adult cannot access appropriate medication or medical care;
  • Adult is not afforded appropriate privacy or dignity;
  • Adult and/or a carer has inconsistent or reluctant contact with health and social services;
  • Callers/visitors are refused access to the person;
  • Person is exposed to unacceptable risk.

What help is out there for Warwickshire residents experiencing Neglect?

If you are an adult with care and support needs and are experiencing or are at risk of Neglect, then contact Adult Social Care on: 01926 412080. Our adult social care teams can offer advice and support to you and, where necessary, arrange appropriate services.

What training is there on Neglect and Acts of Omission?

Warwickshire County Council deliver safeguarding training at different levels; this is available via their web portal or face-to-face workshops (please note there is a charge for face-to-face workshops for non-WCC staff). 
Below is the link to the learning website for you to browse. You can contact the provider if you are interested in registering for either online courses or workshops.
Warwickshire Learning Pool - 'WILMa'

Case Studies

Care for older people: Geraldine's story
CQC give an account on a mother receiving neglectful care, and how it was rectified.

“Mrs S” Family worries about care home
The Dudley Safeguarding Adults Board tell us a story about Mrs S and her experiences of neglectful care.

News Stories

Hospital neglected woman who killed herself, inquest finds - The Guardian

Cornish hospital says sorry after 'neglect' of woman who died - The Guardian

Useful Websites

SCIE - Safeguarding Adults - Types and Indicators of abuse - Neglect

Age UK Warwickshire

Age UK - main website

Action on Elder Abuse - Neglect

Mencap - Safeguarding Adults

Warwickshire Safeguarding have put together some information, and news articles to help raise awareness.

What is Financial / Material Abuse?
“Financial and/or material abuse includes theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or Benefits” (West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy & Procedures).

What are the characteristics of someone suffering from financial abuse?
Possible indicators that someone is suffering from financial and/or material abuse include:

  • Lack of heating, clothing or food;
  • Inability to pay bills/unexplained shortage of money;
  • Lack of money, especially after benefit day; 
  • Inadequately explained withdrawals from accounts;
  • Unexplained loss/misplacement of financial documents; 
  • The recent addition of authorised signatories on an adult’s accounts or cards 
  • Disparity between assets/income and living conditions; 
  • Power of attorney obtained when the adult lacks the capacity to make this decision; 
  • Recent changes of deeds/title of house or will; 
  • Recent acquaintances expressing sudden or disproportionate interest in the adult and their money; 
  • Service user not in control of their direct payment or individualised budget; 
  • Mis-selling/selling by door-to-door traders/cold calling; 
  • Illegal money-lending.

What help is out there for Warwickshire residents experiencing financial abuse?
Warwickshire Trading Standards seeks to support local residents and businesses both by awareness raising and targeted enforcement action. Whilst we are all targeted by scams and fraudsters from time to time, most of us are able to identify the scam when we see it and deal with it accordingly. Unfortunately, a minority of Warwickshire residents struggle to do this and therefore may be at a greater risk of falling for a scam or rogue trader. These individuals are often targeted again and again.
To help protect people living in Warwickshire, Trading Standards utilises a number of enforcement tools including a Rapid Response Service, No Rogue Trader Zones and postal and telephone scam interventions to help those most at risk and in need.

Refuge can help you if you are experiencing financial abuse in a domestic abuse setting, as financial abuse can be an aspect of ‘coercive control’ – a pattern of controlling, threatening and degrading behaviour that restricts a victims’ freedom. If you are experiencing this form of domestic abuse, contact your local Refuge centre in Warwickshire for help and support. 

Contact Social Care and Support on: 01926 412080. Our teams can offer advice and support to you and, where necessary, arrange appropriate services.
To report a crime or raise a concern about abuse with Warwickshire Police, you can phone non-emergency number on: 101. But if it is an emergency always dial: 999


Case studies and videos

Door Step Crime

Catherine's Story

Scammed by the Care Giver:

How to spot if someone is being scammed:

How to avoid Doorstep Crime and Rogue Traders:

Informative posters and leaflets

Age UK Research - Financial Abuse Evidence Review

Unequal, Trapped & Controlled - Exploratory research by Women’s Aid for the TUC

Useful websites
National Trading Standards UK
Friends Against Scams UK
Spotting a Scam - Citizens Advice
Warwickshire Refuge
Living Without Abuse - Financial abuse
'My Money, My Life' Campaign
The Money Advice Service - Protecting Against Financial Abuse
Women's Aid - What is Financial Abuse?
Get Safe Online

What is a Carer?

A carer is someone who spends a significant proportion of their time providing unpaid support to a family member, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Why are the Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board putting a spotlight on Carers?

Carers Week provides an ideal opportunity to highlight safeguarding to Carers. This feature will include help and support that is out there in the Warwickshire community, and the issues facing carers and the ones they care for.
Some of these issues can be safeguarding concerns facing carers, such as abuse by the carer and the cared for. These instances are rare, but do happen (look at the news articles section for examples). But it is important to know that if there is a safeguarding concern, that there is help and support across Warwickshire to help both parties (see 'What support is there for Carers in Warwickshire? ' section).

What is 'Organisational Abuse', and why is it relevant to Carers?

According to the West Midlands Adult Safeguarding Policy & Procedures:
Organisational Abuse includes neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, or where care is provided within your own home. This may range from one off incidents to ongoing ill-treatment. It can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation.

What support is there for Carers in Warwickshire?

  • Warwickshire County Council provide a varied support programme for Carers in Warwickshire, such as emotional support, specialist information and advice on specialist equipment and aids. Have a look at their webpage to see if you qualify for this support and how you can get it: WCC Carers
  • Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service whose aim is to ensure that carers are supported in every way possible so that they are able to take on this vital role while maintaining their own wellbeing. Follow this link to their webpage: Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service
  • Age UK in Warwickshire provide a wealth of support for carers, see what services may help you by clicking here.
  • Carers 4 Carers in Kineton, Warwickshire are a self-help group group of carers who find support through supporting each other. They support carers living in Kineton and the surrounding South Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire villages and rural area, take a look at their website for more info by clicking here.

What events and/or training is there for/about Carers?

Useful websites

Carers Week
Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service
Age UK Warwickshire - 'Our Services'
SCIE - Carers of people with dementia
SCIE - Carers in employment
SCIE - Carers
Warwickshire County Councils - Carers
Carers 4 Carers

Carers in the News

BBC News - Carers recorded in secret after suspicions of abuse 

BBC News - Elderly woman's carer 'bled her account dry'

Local Government Chronicle - Sector-led improvement to drive unpaid carer support


What support can you get as a carer? - Independent Age
Independent Age have put together a useful video detailing what a carer is, and what support you can get if you are a carer.

Five Things You Should Know About Dementia:

1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing 

We all forget a name or a face sometimes. Especially as we get older. But dementia is something different. Memory problems are one of a number of symptoms that people with dementia may experience. Others include difficulties with planning, thinking things through, struggling to keep up with a conversation, and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset or young-onset dementia.

2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain

Diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease cause nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and chemistry of the brain. There are lots of other causes and no two types of dementia are the same. In different types of dementia there is damage to different parts of the brain. Everyone experiences dementia in their own way. Lots of things can affect this, including the person’s attitude to their diagnosis and their physical health. Other factors include the relationships they have with friends and family, the treatment and support they get, and their surroundings.

3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory

When most people hear the word dementia, they think of memory loss. And it does often start by affecting the short-term memory. Someone with dementia might repeat themselves and have problems recalling things that happened recently. But dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.

4. People can still live well with Dementia 

Although there is no cure for dementia, scientists and researchers are working hard to find one. Until that day comes, support and treatments are available that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. These can allow people with dementia to lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.

5. Alzheimer’s society is here for anyone affected by Dementia

By 2021, 1 million people in the UK will be living with the condition. But dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything Alzheimer’s society do is informed and inspired by them. They are the UK’s leading dementia charity. Every day, they work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. They provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need their help. And they are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.

For further information about the 'five things you should know about dementia' go to the Alzheimer's Society webpage.

What is Dementia Action Week?

It’s time to unite and take action on dementia. Dementia Action Week takes place on 21-27 May and Alzheimer’s Society will be asking everyone to take actions big and small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. Yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and excluded from society. Alzheimer’s Society is leading the movement for change. They are determined to create a dementia-friendly UK where people with dementia are included and supported to live the lives they want. But they can’t achieve this alone.

Events will also be taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Why are the Adults Board putting a Spotlight on Dementia?

The Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board are here to protect, learn from and educate on the issues surrounding safeguarding adults, whether that be educating or learning from an adult with care and support needs, a professional working with adults or even a family member or a friend. 

Currently there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051. With these high numbers the WSAB feel it is important to not only raise awareness, but take action against Dementia as well.

See below the link for the Dementia Talking Point by Warwickshire Cares: 
Dementia Talking Points

What support is there for people living with Dementia in Warwickshire?

The support you will find come from a variety of sources, such as Dementia Cafes, Admiral Nurses, Friendship/Support Groups, Carer Retreats and much much more.

To find support in your local area click on one of the following:

What events and/or training is there in regards to Dementia?

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has the following courses available for professionals:

Dementia e-learning course - free to use

Dementia training courses

Warwickshire County Council provide elearning via their WILMa site, just log in and type ‘dementia’ in the search box to find a variety of courses for you to look through.

There will be events happening across the country to raise awareness of Dementia Action Week, keep up to date to see what’s happening in your area:

Dementia UK - 'Time for a cuppa'

Sharing a cup of tea and a slice of cake is a fantastic way to bring people together, so why not make Time for a Cuppa this May and support families facing dementia? You can host your event anywhere you like: at home, at work, in a care home or in the community. And by taking part and collecting donations, you’ll be helping more families receive the life-changing support of our specialist dementia nurses.

Time for a Cuppa week is 1st-8th May 2022 but you can host your event whenever you like. Read more here


Dementia in the news

The LGBT Dementia Cafe - Channel 4 News
Mum has dementia and now Dad’s dead she will have to sell her home. Why? - The Guardian
New evidence shows some anti-depressants can raise dementia risk - Alzheimer's Society
Assessing people with dementia: what social workers should know - Community Care

Statistics on Dementia in the UK

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The number of people with dementia in the UK is expected to grow rapidly over the next several decades. As age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, increasing life expectancy is the driving force behind this projected rise.

Source: Prince, M et al (2014) Dementia UK: Update Second Edition report produced by King’s College London and the London School of Economics for the Alzheimer’s Society

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The higher life expectancy of women is translated into higher prevalence of dementia in older age groups.
Source: Prince, M et al (2014) Dementia UK: Update Second Edition report produced by King’s College London and the London School of Economics for the Alzheimer’s Society

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Source: Luengo-Fernandez R, et al. (2015) UK research spend in 2008 and 2012: comparing stroke, cancer, coronary heart disease and dementia BMJ Open 2015;5:e006648. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006648

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Source: YouGov polling for Alzheimer’s Research UK 2nd – 5th May 2012 and ONS population statistics

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In fact, while the majority of people living with dementia are over 65, over 40,000 people under 65 have dementia in the UK or around 5% of all dementia cases.
Source: YouGov polling for Alzheimer’s Research UK 18th – 19th February 2015

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Source: “Over half of people fear dementia diagnosis, 62 per cent think it means ‘life is over’ ” study; Dementia Awareness Week 15th-21st May 2016 from the Alzheimer’s Society

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Source: Lewis, F: Estimation of future cases of dementia from those born in 2015 (July 2015); Consultation report for Alzheimer’s Research UK

For further statistics visit the Alzheimer's Research UK website.

Useful websites

Dementia Friends
Alzheimer's Society
Dementia UK
SCIE - Dementia
Living with Dementia in Warwickshire


'How I made my home Dementia friendly'
Alzheimer's Society ambassador, Wendy Mitchell, shares her story of living with dementia. In the video, she highlights the small adjustments she made to her home to help make it dementia-friendly.

'Dementia Friends - Bookcase analogy'
This is a non-scientific explanation to understand
a) how memories are stored in the brain
b) how these memories/feelings can be affected when dementia is involved and
c) how your understanding of this can help you to support someone with dementia, enabling them to live well

'Dementia UK - ‘Together Again’'

Dementia UK has launched ‘Together Again’, the charity’s first ever animated film. ‘Together Again’ features three characters navigating the challenges of dementia, represented by a stormy sea: a woman, who has dementia; her husband, who cares for her; and the person who guides them back together: a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse.

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses providing expert guidance, one-to-one emotional support and practical solutions to families facing the complexities of dementia. Families with an Admiral Nurse have someone compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled by their side, helping them live more positively with dementia and face the future with more confidence and less fear.

'Working with LGBT people - older people and residential care'
This film talks about the experiences of Roger and his partners in receiving social care support.

'Early onset vascular dementia - A daughter's perspective'
Chamelle discusses her mother Trisha's dementia diagnosis. Trisha was diagnosed with vascular dementia at 38. Chamelle discusses growing up with her mum's dementia, and the close bond shared between the family.

'South Asian Communities - An introduction to Dementia playlist'
A playlist of informative videos, giving an introduction to Dementia in a variety of different languages, such as Hindi, Punjabi and many more.

Warwickshire Safeguarding have put together some information, and news articles to help raise awareness.

Why is the Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board putting a Spotlight on it?

You often hear about hoarding disorders on such reality television programmes such as “Obsessive Compulsive Hoarding” or “Hoarders: Buried Alive” which can often highlight a group of cleaners showing disgust and horror as they enter the Hoarders property, then hiring a skip and a van and removing all clutter whilst arguing and belittling the hoarder. WSAB would like to highlight that Hoarding and Self-Neglect is a mental health disorder, and cannot simply be solved by someone coming in and giving their house a good clean. It requires care, attention and most of all patience. It needs teamwork to help get to the root cause of the hoarding or self-neglect, to find solutions and methods on overcoming their issues. We are hoping with the information provided in this Spotlight Feature that it will help increase better understanding and empathy towards this mental health disorder in and around Warwickshire, and to acknowledge the complexities involved when overcoming such a disorder.

What help is out there in Warwickshire for adults experiencing Hoarding or Self-Neglect?
We recommend to follow the advice given by NHS England, which is when someone is facing a Hoarding or Self-Neglect concern is to encourage said person to visit their GP as their first port of call. If they are not yet comfortable to do so, perhaps consider contacting a helpline such as:

  • Hoarding UK - 020 3239 1600
  • Anxiety UK - 08444 775 774
  • OCD UK - 0845 120 3778

Further information and support will be found in the below points.

What is meant by self-neglect?
The West Midlands ‘Adult Self-Neglect Best Practice Guidance’ says:
There is not a universally accepted definition of self-neglect. However the following is commonly used and a good starting point:
Self-neglect is defined as ‘the inability (intentional or unintentional) to maintain a socially and culturally accepted standard of self-care with the potential for serious consequences to the health and well-being of the self-neglecters and perhaps even to their community.’
(Gibbons, S. 2006. ‘Primary care assessment of older people with self-care challenges.’ Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 323-328.)

The Care Act statutory guidance 2014 defines self-neglect as;
"self-neglect - this covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one's personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding"

What are the characteristics of self-neglect?

  • Living in very unclean, sometimes verminous, circumstances, such as living with a toilet completely blocked with faeces, not disposing of rubbish;
  • Neglecting household maintenance, and therefore creating hazards;
  • Obsessive hoarding creating potential mobility and fire hazards;
  • Animal collecting with potential of insanitary conditions and neglect of animals' needs;
  • Failing to provide care for him/herself in such a way that his/her health or physical well-being may decline precipitously;
  • Poor diet and nutrition, evidenced by for instance by little or no fresh food or mouldy food in the fridge;
  • Failure to maintain social contact;
  • Failure to manage finances;
  • Declining or refusing prescribed medication and/or other community healthcare support – for example, in relation to the presence of mental disorder (including the relapse of major psychiatric features, or a deterioration due to dementia) or to chiropody issues;
  • Refusing to allow access to health and/or social care staff in relation to personal hygiene and care – for example, in relation to single or double incontinence, the poor healing of sores;
  • Refusing to allow access to other organisations with an interest in the property, for example, staff working for utility companies (water, gas electricity); and
  • Being unwilling to attend appointments with relevant staff, such as social care, healthcare or allied staff.

It is important to understand that poor environmental and personal hygiene may not necessarily always be as a result of self-neglect. It could arise as a result of cognitive impairment, poor eyesight, functional and financial constraints. In addition, many people, particularly older people, who self-neglect may lack the ability and/or confidence to come forward to ask for help, and may also lack others who can advocate or speak for them. They may then refuse help or support when offered or receive services that do not actually adequately meet their needs.

Is hoarding a form of self-neglect?
Yes it is. A self-neglect characteristic can be; “Obsessive hoarding creating potential mobility and fire hazards”.

Are there different categories of hoarding?

According to OCD UK there is believed to be three categories of hoarding:

  • 'Prevention of harm' hoarding – Prevention of bad things happening, common to other forms of OCD, where a person will fear that harm will occur if they throw things away. For example refuse collectors will be injured by sharp edges of discarded cans or glass objects, or that someone may be contaminated from a discarded item.
  • 'Deprivation hoarding' – Where a person feels that they may need the object later, sometimes because of previous experience of deprivation. For example, after the Second World War many people across Europe had few possessions, and so everything became valuable and reusable.
  • 'Emotional' Hoarding – For some people hoarding becomes emotional, where perhaps, because of past traumatic experiences with people, they believe objects hold a special emotional significance. For example, where a loved teddy bear can be trusted more than people, a person can develop relationships with objects rather than people.

Case Studies and Videos

The following case study is extracted from the West Midlands ‘Adult Self-Neglect Best Practice Guidance’:

"Ms S is a 63 year old woman with mild learning disability. She has always lived with and was cared for by her parents until they both died over the last 5 years. She now lives alone in the former parental home. The house is in disrepair with no windows at the back of the house. The kitchen floor is always wet from the rain. The house is dirty. The house is cluttered with possessions such that it is difficult to walk through the house. Ms S is incontinent, her legs are ulcerated and weeping. Ms S has recently refused to let her sister into her house, but does still allow her GP to come into her house.

The Local Authority received a concern about risk of harm through self-neglect. The GP feels Mr S’s capacity to understand the risks may be in question. The Local Authority decided there is reasonable cause to suspect Mrs S meets the criteria for s42 enquiry under the Care Act because there is reasonable cause to suspect that Mrs S has needs for care and support, is at risk of self-neglect, and there is reasonable cause to suspect Ms S is unable to protect herself from self-neglect or the risk of it.
The enquiries agreed were for the GP- as the person who knows Ms S best- to work with Ms S to understand what her views and wishes are about her care and support needs and to encourage her to accept input and assessment from the Local Authority, and for the Local Authority to undertake a needs assessment."

The Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board has produced a film to raise awareness of hoarding and to guide professionals on what kinds of interventions seem to work the best so that the people affected (both the person who hoards and other people whose lives this impacts upon) get the support that they need. See below:

Ceci Garrett is the founder and Executive Director of Lightening the Load, a ministry that works to connect those in the Spokane area of the USA with resources and hope as they unclutter their homes, lives, and relationships. Her work to raise awareness about the effects hoarding disorder has on the family and the community stems from her personal experiences growing up with a hoarding parent. Here she is giving a talk about how Hoarding is a mental health issue at TEDx:

This video was produced in support of the Chief Fire Officers Association's UK Hoarding Awareness Week back in 2014, but all information is just as relevant and as important today.

What you can do if you suspect someone is hoarding

NHS services give the following advice:

  • If you think a family member or someone you know has a hoarding disorder, try to persuade them to come with you to see a GP.
  • This may not be easy, as someone who hoards might not think they need help. Try to be sensitive about the issue and emphasise your concerns for their health and wellbeing.
  • Reassure them that nobody is going to go into their home and throw everything out. You're just going to have a chat with the doctor about their hoarding to see what can be done and what support is available to empower them to begin the process of decluttering.
  • Your GP may be able to refer you to your local community mental health team, which might have a therapist who's familiar with issues such as OCD and hoarding. If you have difficulties accessing therapy, the charity OCD-UK may be able to help.
  • It's generally not a good idea to get extra storage space or call in the council or environmental health to clear the rubbish away. This won't solve the problem and the clutter often quickly builds up again.

What training or events are there on Hoarding and/or Self-Neglect?

Please note most of these courses are aimed at professionals based in the Safeguarding sector, click on the associated links for more information:

SCIE Courses:
SCIE Adults self-neglect course

Clouds End CIC

Clouds End is a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in the UK. They work with people who suffer from hoarding disorder or chronic disorganisation. They have in-house training, as well as e-learning available, to have a look at what they have available, and the services they provide, go to their website by clicking here. 

Hoarding UK

The UK National Charity for people impacted by hoarding behaviours offer a variety of training options.  Find more information by visiting their website

Informative posters and leaflets
Clutter image rating
Hoarders Fire Safety Tips by London Fire Brigade
SCIE Self-Neglect and Adult Safeguarding: Findings from Research

 Useful and important websites

Safeguarding Warwickshire - Hoarding and Self-Nelgect webpage
NHS Choices - Hoarding Disorder
OCD UK - Hoarding
Mind Charity - Hoarding Disorder
Help for Hoarders UK
SCIE - Safeguarding Adults - Self-Neglect
Hoarding Disorders UK
Rainbow Red
Clouds End CIC

Hoarding and Self-Neglect in the News

Self-neglect: the tension between human rights and duty of care
Buried in treasures: there’s more to hoarding than OCD
My father’s hoarding inspired me to change other people’s lives
Hoarder: 'My house was a hovel'

Warwickshire Safeguarding would like to take this opportunity to put a spotlight on the issue of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence against adults with care and support needs. We have put together some information, news articles and a list of upcoming events in relation to the topic, to help expand understanding and raise awareness.

What is meant by sexual abuse and sexual violence?

It includes rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting. It includes penetration of any sort, incest and situations where the person causing harm touches the abused person’s body (e.g. breasts, buttocks, genital area), exposes his or her genitals (possibly encouraging the abused person to touch them) or coerces the abused person into participating in or looking at pornographic videos or photographs. Denial of a sexual life to consenting adults is also considered abusive practice. 
Any sexual relationship that develops between adults where one is in a position of trust, power or authority in relation to the other (e.g. day centre worker/social worker/residential worker/health worker etc.) constitutes sexual abuse.


Why are the Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board putting a spotlight on it?

The #metoo campaign is a hot topic in the media at the moment, and with it being Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week in February, the WSAB want to take this opportunity to highlight sexual abuse and sexual violence against adults, particularly those adults with care and support needs and older people (which is rarely reported in today’s media).


Possible signs/indicators of an adult (particularly an adult with care and support needs) who is being sexually abused:

  • Adult has urinary tract infections, vaginal infections or sexually transmitted diseases that are not otherwise explained;
  • Adult appears unusually subdued, withdrawn or has poor concentration;
  • Adult exhibits significant changes in sexual behaviour or outlook;
  • Adult experiences pain, itching or bleeding in the genital/anal area;
  • Adult’s underclothing is torn, stained or bloody;
  • A woman who lacks the mental capacity to consent to sexual intercourse becomes pregnant;
  • Sexual exploitation.


What help is out there for adults in Warwickshire who have gone through sexual abuse/violence?

If you are reporting sexual abuse or sexual violence against yourself or that of another adult, there are many ways to do this, have a look at the list below to see what would be preferable to your circumstance:

  • Call 999 to report a rape or attempted sexual assault, as soon as possible after the crime. If the offence has recently happened:
    • keep the clothes you were wearing and don’t wash them - the police may need them as evidence for the investigation
    • try not to shower as there may be evidence which the police can use.
  • If you don’t want to report it to the police - You can go to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) such as the Blue Sky Centre in Nuneaton, which provides people who have experienced rape or sexual assault with support and advice to assist in their recovery. Find one nearest to your location by clicking here
  • Alternatively, you can contact the following support organisations:
    • Rape Crisis - Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence. 
    • Victim Support - Victim Support (VS) is the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Its specialist teams provide individual, independent, emotional and practical help to enable people to cope and recover from the effects of crime. 
    • RoSA - RoSA is an independent charity offering free confidential support for anyone who has experienced the trauma of rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence. We work throughout the county of Warwickshire supporting women, men, young people and children from age 5. Its support is also offered to family members, partners and carers. 
    • Safeline - Safeline is a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse* and to support those affected in their recovery. This includes working with people whose mental health issues (manifesting for example as self-harming) suggest that they may be vulnerable to abuse. 
    • Refuge Warwickshire - If you are experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire, Refuge-Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service can support you and your children to keep safe. Refuge-Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service is a county-wide service which provides support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire. 


What events or training is there in regards to sexual abuse and sexual violence?

The Survivors Trust (TST) is a UK-wide Charity that is the national umbrella agency for specialist organisations who give support to survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland. The Survivors Trust is an accredited training centre with the Open College Network West Midlands. This means that you will receive an accredited qualification once you have completed the ISVA Practitioner or ISVA Service Manager programmes.  Information on training The Survivors Trust offers can be found here

iHasco offer Sexual Harrassment Awareness Training.Click here to see more.


Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence in the News

Coventry man accused of kidnap and rape in Rugby to stand trial
Rape survivor sees attacker brought to justice thanks to charity's support
Bedworth man charged with rape and making threats to kill
Time's Up: Hollywood women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment
Rose McGowan's memoir Brave details alleged rape by Harvey Weinstein
Women's March: What's changes one year on?
Revenge Porn: What to do if you're a victim
Sexual abuse of disabled adults revealed
Kevin Spacey sexual harassment scandal costs Netflix $39m
Vicious rumours, sexist comments and harassment: life as a female councillor in the UK
'I have experienced such behaviours in local government' - Weinstein allegations prompt top council boss to speak out against sexual harassment
Tories and Labour hit by fresh complaints about behaviour of MPs


Informative Videos, Posters & Leaflets


Fashion models expose sexual harassment - Victoria Derbyshire programme

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week logo

Stop Rape Now campaign - CNOSENT (Don't Mix It Up)

The Survivors Trust information leaflet

Revenge Porn A4 poster

Behind Closed Doors - Preventing sexual abuse against adults with a learning disability


Useful and Important websites

Mencap - Relationships and sex FAQs
Revenge Porn - GOV.UK
Report Rape and/or Sexual Assault - GOV.UK 
Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC)
Survivors UK - male rape and sexual abuse
World Health Organisation (WHO) - Sexual Violence Prevention report 
Safeline Warwickshire
RoSA Warwickshire
Refuge Warwickshire
Action on Elder Abuse - Sexual Abuse
Conservatives Code of Conduct
Blue Sky Centre Warwickshire

What is meant by ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’?

Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) is about having conversations with people about how we might respond in safeguarding situations in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety. It is about seeing people as experts in their own lives and working alongside them. It is a shift in culture and practice in response to what we know makes safeguarding more or less effective from the perspective of the person being safeguarded. In other words, it is a shift from a process supported by conversations to a series of conversations supported by a process.

What are Safeguarding Adult Reviews?

Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) provide a way for all partner agencies to identify lessons that can be learned from particularly complex or serious safeguarding adults cases, where an adult with care and support needs has died or been seriously injured, and abuse or neglect is suspected.
SARs provide an opportunity for partner agencies and their staff to learn and make improvements including in policy, practice and procedures, where necessary. SARs are not about attributing blame, but are about learning to prevent similar circumstances in the future. Several cases in Warwickshire have been considered for a SAR. Partner agencies should consider if the most serious cases meet our SAR criteria to help partners identify and apply learning from them.

Case Studies, Posters and Promotional Materials

Resources to support Making Safeguarding Personal
Case Studies on Making Safeguarding Personal

MSP and SARs in the News

‘Hidden’ mum found weak and emaciated in her own home in Milton Keynes

Safeguarding adults who have mental capacity: key principles

Community approach to social work delivers more personalised care

Poor multi-agency working a factor in case where self-neglecting woman died

Assaults between care home residents reported daily

Safeguarding Adults Annual Report Now Published

Useful websites for further information on MSP and SARs

Local Government Association - Making Safeguarding Personal
Safeguarding Warwickshire - Making Safeguarding Personal
Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board - Learning from experience database
Safeguarding Warwickshire - Safeguarding Adult Reviews

Warwickshire Safeguarding would like to take this opportunity to put a spotlight on the issue of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. We have put together some information, news articles and a list of upcoming events in relation to the topic, to help expand understanding and awareness.

Spotting the Signs of Modern Slavery

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority are a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) governed by an independent Board, who works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers in the UK.

On their website they have ‘Spot the Signs’ to recognise someone who may be a subject to Modern Slavery. In short the signs to look out for are:

  • Restricted Freedom  
  • Behaviour shows fear and anxiety   
  • Live in poor or substandard accommodation   
  • A lack of belongings    
  • Have no access to their earnings   

For a further detailed list please look at this PDF leaflet from the The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.


Videos and Written Case Studies

The following videos and case studies will help you understand the different forms of modern slavery and how they translate in day to day life with some typical examples of the environments in which this is most prevalent.

VIDEO 1 - Examples on how to act when spotting the signs of Modern Slavery:

CASE STUDY 1 - BEN's STORY: "A British man called Ben, who was unemployed and living on the streets of a major UK city, was approached at a soup kitchen and offered work and accommodation by a couple who ran a block paving business. Ben was socially isolated, having broken up with his girlfriend and lost his job in a short space of time: he lacked any form of support network. Seeing no other option, he agreed to go. He was taken to a site many miles away where, upon arrival, he was subjected to intimidation and violence. He was forced to work paving driveways, and was paid little or often nothing for his labour. He was terrified of the consequences of trying to leave, so submitted to this abuse for a long time." - 
Cheshire Police

VIDEO 2 - Tackling Modern Slavery in the Construction Sector - a victim's story:

CASE STUDY 2 - JONAS'S STORY: “They were taking nearly everything I earned. I lived in fear.” - 
50 for Freedom

VIDEO 3 - Modern Slavery Guidance for NHS Staff:

VIDEO 4 - Modern Slavery Guidance for Local Government:

VIDEO 5 - Modern Slavery Guidance for Emergency Services:

CASE STUDY 3 - MELODY'S STORY: "While grieving for her mother who had just died, Melody was tricked into coming to England from Nigeria to search for her grandmother. On arrival, she was met by a man who took her to a brothel and told her she would work there until she repaid her flight ticket. Every protest from Melody increased the debt she owed.Having suffered horrifically, after four years Melody was finally rescued when the police raided the brothel, and she was brought to Unseen. At our safe-house, Melody has made steady progress and received specialist help for her healthcare needs, anxiety and flashbacks. She enrolled on in-house education and external training courses in the community. However, when she came to move on from the safe-house, she needed ongoing support to secure housing, financial support and employment." - Unseen UK

VIDEO 6 - A video from the Trafficker’s perspective:



Posters and Promotional materials

The following posters and leaflets are available for you to share within your organisation and/or community, to spread awareness and understanding how to spot the signs of modern slavery in your local area.

Modern Slavery Awareness & Victim Identification Guidance.
Help for Adult Victims of Modern Slavery
Modern Slavery is closer than you think

The Anti-Slavery Commissioner has a whole webpage dedicated to resources on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Click here to find out more.


Training and E-learning available

The Local Government Authority (LGA) provides informative guides and clear information on the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). To find out more go to their website by clicking here.

Warwickshire County Council also provide an e-learning module via their Warwickshire Interactive Learning Management (WILMa). If you have access to WILMa, just search for ‘slavery’ and you will find a choice of two e-learning courses on Modern Slavery.


Modern Slavery in the news

The following articles illustrate that modern slavery remains a problem worldwide and show the work being done to support and bring about justice for the victims of this crime.

Why celebrities are sharing posts about ‘slave auctions’ - Newsbeat, BBC

If only Slavery really had been abolished - The Guardian

Nine Polish nationals appear in court charged with modern slavery offences - Birmingham Mail

Modern Slavery: An everyday crime - The Telegraph


Useful websites for further information on Modern Slavery

West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Multi-Agency Anti-Slavery Partnerships

Modern Slavery GOV.UK

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking - Safeguarding Warwickshire

During October we will be focusing on Mental Health, due to it being World Mental Health Day on 10th October. This day is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as the variety of Mental Health charities across the UK and internationally. The theme for World Mental Health Day in 2017 is "mental health in the workplace". WHO have said the following;
"During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall well-being. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity."

The Mental Health Foundation have resources on managing your mental health in the workplace, as well as a variety of different publications to help maintain your well-being. They will also be running their famous Tea & Talk event across the country, click here for more information on the event.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind have several events occurring during the week of 9th-15th October to help raise awareness of Mental Health issues, and encourage the public to get support. Click here to see more about their events, and here for the support they can offer to you if you are struggling.

Please click here for the list of Wellbeing Hubs and Mental Health Support Centres within Warwickshire.

For further reading on Mental Health in the news then click the below articles:



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