Addressing abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults
07/02/2014The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has held its first Safeguarding Adults Conference to raise awareness of adult safeguarding and share lessons learned at national, regional and local levels.
Margaret Flynn, Chairperson of the Winterbourne View Hospital Serious Case Review, was the influential key speaker. Ms Flynn has also chaired a number of Adult Serious Case Reviews including the Steven Hoskin case and was Independent Chair of the Serious Case Review regarding self-neglect.
Ms Flynn explains: “While Winterbourne View Hospital and other Serious Case Reviews have taught us to question and explore the circumstances of the people we work with, there is a necessity to create and maintain a culture of watchfulness and humane enquiry which doesn’t lapse into formula.
“The review found widespread cultural flaws which led to poor service design, failure regarding commissioning of services, failure to transform services in line with established good practice, and failure to develop local services and expertise to provide a person-centred approach to care and support.”
The conference included presentations and workshops from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Women’s Aid, the Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership and the PSNI Public Protection Unit.
The Southern Trust’s Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Lead Trainer Kate Mooney said: “The conference will become an annual event to ensure we create and sustain a ‘culture of watchfulness and humane enquiry’ which is effective, responsive and proportionate to the needs of vulnerable adults.”
Speakers at the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults conference (standing) Eileen Murphy, Regional Manager, Women’s Aid; Micéal Crilly, Acting Director of Mental Health Services, Southern Health and Social Care Trust; Patricia Trainer, Trust Safeguarding Lead; Joyce McKee, Health & Social Care Board; Eamonn Sherry, Trust Adult Safeguarding Manager; (seated) Kate Mooney, Adult Safeguarding Lead Trainer, Southern Trust; Margaret Flynn, Chairperson of Lancashire County Council’s Safeguarding Adults Board; Paul Morgan, Executive Director of Social Work, Southern Trust; and Maureen Devlin, Head of Workforce Training & Development, Southern Trust