'Self-Neglect: The challenges for Adult Safeguarding'

Wednesday 23 January 2013, 2.00PM to 4.15pm

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire Chaired by Dr John Brown, Honorary Fellow, University of York

The Law Commission has reviewed community care law in England, including adult safeguarding, and made recommendations to government for reform of the legal rules. In parallel, the Department of Health has conducted a review of No Secrets (2000), the statutory guidance for adult protection. The draft Care and Support Bill is one outcome of these policy review processes, but the place of self-neglect remains uncertain in terms of whether or not it will, in future, be included in the legal rules relating to adult safeguarding.

The Department of Health commissioned a scoping research study on adults who self-neglect, the full report for which has been published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Braye, S., Orr, D. and Preston-Shoot, M. (2011), Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding: Findings from Research). The study comprised a systematic literature review, focus groups, review of Local Safeguarding Adults Board documentation, and interviews with adult protection staff. Self neglect cases commonly generate considerable anxiety for staff and the research identified the evidence base underpinning assessment and intervention.

The seminar will present and discuss the findings from the research. It will invite participants to review two serious case reviews where self neglect was a major feature, to reflect on their own experience of working with adults who self neglect and to consider the current proposals for reform of adult safeguarding legislation. The format will contain presentation, case discussion in small groups, and plenary dialogue.

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot is Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of Bedfordshire. He is Independent Chair, Luton Safeguarding Adults Board and Luton Safeguarding Children Board. He has completed Department of Health commissioned research on adults who self-neglect and also on the governance of adult safeguarding, the findings of which have been published in the Journal of Adult Protection. He is currently completing a review for the Scottish Government on the outcomes of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007.

Location: York

Admission: see flyer for details

Email: jp42@york.ac.uk

Telephone: 01904 321237