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DSAP Newsletter - August

DSAP Newsletter - June

DSAP Newsletter - March

SAB Newsletter - February


SAB Newsletter - December

Safeguarding Week - November

County Durham Safeguarding Week - Monday 16 to Friday 20 November

The Local Safeguarding Adults Board, Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safe Durham Partnership are holding this on the same week as National Safeguarding Adults Week, supported by The Ann Craft Trust.

We are hosting a variety of virtual events throughout the week. To request the Safeguarding Week 2020 Planner on a Page and booking instructions please contact us, giving your name and organisation, at

SAB Newsletter - June

Covid-19 news

Care Act Section 42 safeguarding enquiries and the Coronavirus Act 2020 Annex D: Safeguarding Guidance

The Coronavirus Act 2020 Annex D: Safeguarding Guidance was published on 1 April 2020, and says:

  • Safeguarding adults remains a statutory duty of Local Authorities to keep everyone safe from abuse or neglect
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020 does not change safeguarding under the Care Act, especially Section 42
  • It is vital that there is the same level of safeguarding
  • Recognise that responses should be proportionate and that safeguarding teams are aware of the pressure on social care providers 

"Local authorities, social care providers, the health voluntary sector and our communities must continue work to prevent and reduce the risk of harm to people with care and support needs, including those affected by Covid-19"

Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Covid-19

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and the safeguards provided by Deprovation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) still apply.  The Government has issued temporary guidance on how to balance the emergency powers created by the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS.

Training update for Covid-19

"Employers must ensure that satff, including volunteers, are trained in recognising the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect, how to respond, and where to go for advice and assistance."

Employers can be assured of this by using the updated SAB workbook and assessment, which can be completed electronically as an interactive PDF.  Visit our Trainingpage for more details.

SAB e-bulletin - HMRC Covid-19 scam warning - April

SAB briefing - Domestic violence and abuse: Safeguarding Adults - April

Durham SAB produced a new briefing about domestic abuse and safeguarding adults.

SAB e-bulletin - SCIE Covid-19 advice for social care - March

SCIE has brought together government advice for councils and care providers and resources into one website, as the government works to delay the spread of Covid-19.  There is advice for residential care, supported living, and home care providers, and an item on social distancing for vulnerable people.

SAB e-bulletin - NHS safeguarding app - March

A message from NHS England Safeguarding.  If colleagues need support with safeguarding, please:

  1. Download the free safeguarding app - NHS England Safeguarding App
  2. Follow NHS Safeguarding on Twitter who post daily updates #COVIDSafeguarding

SAB Factsheet on fraud and scams - March

Durham SAB produced a factsheet on Covid-19 related to the latest fraud and scams.

DCC Covid-19 updates

Regular local authority updates.


SAB Newsletter - December

SAB Briefing - Self Neglect

Durham SAB produced a new briefing about self neglect.

Safeguarding Adults Week 18-24 November

The Safeguarding Adults Board and the Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership will be jointly hosting events to raise awareness. Key topics for County Durham Safeguarding Week will include:

Wednesday 20 November

We are holding a number of briefings from guest speakers which are now available to book:

There will be a number of organisations who will have stalls at the event at County Hall, Durham to help raise awareness. 

The Ann Craft Trust has produced briefings and resources about national safeguarding adults week for you to download and use in your organisation. 

SAB Newsletter - October

SAB Newsletter - August

DBS Refresher Event

Friday 29 March

This event aims to raise awareness of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and their role in helping employers to make safer recruitment decisions. The session will act as a refresher for staff already trained and a good introduction the role and scope of the Disclosure & Barring Service.