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*UPDATED* Guidance Documents for everyone working with Adults1 July 2022

The Working with Risk Guidance and the Self Neglect Guidance have both been updated and have been agreed by the Safeguarding Adults Board.

Please replace any other versions of these documents with these new ones

Working with Risk Guidance 2022

Self Neglect Guidance 2022


June Safeguarding Newsletter – Published today1 June 2022

You can read the June Safeguarding Newsletter – from the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Children’s Partnership by clicking the link below

Safeguarding Update Edition June 2022


Free On-Line Training: NON-FATAL STRANGULATION AND SUFFOCATION: INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW OFFENCE FOR ENGLAND AND WALES1 June 2022

Book Here

Strangulation and suffocation are sadly widespread (estimated at 20,000 cases per year in the UK). Being strangled not only leads to potential serious medical consequences that should be identified early on, it also raises by seven-fold the risk of becoming a future domestic homicide victim.  It is also widely experienced in rape. A 2021 study from Saint Mary’s SARC Manchester showed that 1 in 5 adults presenting for a forensic medical examination following a report of rape by a partner or ex-partner gave a history of strangulation as part of that assault.

A new specific offence of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation will come into force in England and Wales in June 22 so this training will help staff prepare for managing these assaults.

Many people – even those working within the NHS and criminal justice system are unaware of some of the signs and symptoms of strangulation and suffocation.  Historically many have minimised the seriousness of strangulation and have not realised the medical dangers of strangulation particularly the many assaults that leave no marks.   For example, strangulation can lead to brain injury, stroke and miscarriage. Yet strangling someone needs less pressure than opening a can of Coke.

Those attending the event will learn about:

  • Identifying the signs and symptoms of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation cases
  • Investigating and documenting cases for prosecution
  • The use of experts in court and
  • Enhancing victim safety through trauma-informed advocacy services

Strangulation New Offence Training On-line Flyer 28 29 June

This course will be especially useful for anyone who may come across strangulation and suffocation in their work and in particular staff from:

NHS frontline including Paramedics, GP Practices ENT, ED; Police; Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Services; Judges and Magistrates, Prosecutors; Social Workers; Public Health; Probation.

It is relevant for all front-line NHS staff as we know from the USA that it is often for example GP practice nurses or A&E staff who pick up that someone has been strangled when they present with eye, throat, ear or other problems.  This is particularly true for those victims who are wary of reporting to the criminal justice system.


May Edition of the Safeguarding Newsletter24 May 2022

You can read the new edition of the newsletter here


April Edition of Safeguarding Newsletter Published Today8 April 2022

The April Edition of the Joint Newsletter for the Safeguarding Adults Board and Children’s Partnership is now available

Safeguarding Update Edition April 2022


*BRAND NEW* Homelessness Guidance21 March 2022

Published Today – Multi Agency Homelessness Guidance – this guidance was agreed at the Safeguarding Adults Board in March.

Homelessness-Guidance.pdf (southglos.gov.uk)


Cuckooing E-Learning18 March 2022

Brand New and FREE e-learning about Cuckooing – follow this link to access


*SPECIAL EDITION* Learning from Reviews Newsletter17 March 2022

A special edition of the joint safeguarding newsletter has been published today which has a focus on learning from statutory reviews

You can read the newsletter here

We are seeking feedback about how you have used the resource – give your feedback here


Discretionary SAR ‘Mrs Y’ published10 March 2022

A brand new Discretionary Safeguarding Adults Review has been published by the board this week.  The learning brief is a one page document with links to additional resources so it is easy to disseminate to practitioners who work directly with adults.

Mrs Y Discretionary SAR Learning Brief January 2022


Safeguarding Newsletter March 20228 March 2022

The March Newsletter is now available to read and download – you can access the newsletter by clicking here


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