Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board share best practices with local professionals.

Health and social care professionals from across the borough got together at a learning conference last Wednesday (20 September) to discuss how to identify and best support adults who self-neglect and other issues around adult safeguarding.

Staff from various partner agencies in Housing, Community Safety Partnership, Adults and Children’s Services and Commissioning and the Council alike heard from adult safeguarding experts, including Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, the current Independent Chair of both Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board and Brent Safeguarding Adults Board. One of his areas of expertise is self-neglect and hoarding, which was covered on the day.  

Best practices for supporting adults with personal hygiene, nutritional and health issues and those living in squalor were also covered. Staff also learned how to find the right balance between respecting the person and their self- determination and the duty to protect them and their dignity.

Cllr Brad Smith, Cabinet Member for Adults' Services, said: “In order for us to effectively protect all adults in Bexley who have needs for care and support we need to find good ways of working together to deal with safeguarding issues. The conference was an opportunity for partners and stakeholders to get together to not only share best practices and tips, but also to be open and honest and raise any challenges faced along the way. It’s all about working better together, keeping the best interests of the people we work to protect at heart. Thanks to Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board for putting on such an informative event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

The daylong event at the Marriott Hotel in Bexleyheath was organised by the Bexley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB).

The BSAB is a statutory body established by the Care Act 2014. It is made up of senior people from organisations that have a role in preventing the neglect and abuse from adults. 
It works to protect and promote individual human rights so that adults stay safe and are at all times protected from abuse, neglect, discrimination, or poor treatment.

For further information about the BSAB please visit the BSAB website.