09:30 – 09:40

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Ruth Allen

Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

09:40 – 10:10

Opening Address: Challenges and Changes to Safeguarding Adults

  • New priorities, trends and lessons for protecting vulnerable adults 
  • Identifying issues, failings and vulnerabilities in the current system to help shape a safer society 
  • Improving multi-agency working to ensure continual and cohesive services  
Live Q&A
10:00 – 10:10

Vijay Patel

Head of Safeguarding, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

10:10 – 10:40

Learning from Lived Experience of Going Through the Safeguarding Process

  • Making safeguarding personal 
  • Practical tips for effective engagement and communication 
  • Encouraging an approach that focuses on users wishes and outcome goals 
  • Using lived experience to improve safeguarding services  
Live Q&A
10:30 – 10:40

Dan Potts

Engagement Manager, Essex Healthwatch

10:40 – 10:50


10:50 – 11:20

Safeguarding, Self-Neglect and Hoarding

  • The impact of the pandemic on self-neglect and hoarding 
  • Identifying self-neglect and reaching difficult to engage people 
  • Effective multi-agency work to find meaningful interventions and sustainable solutions 
Live Q&A
11:10 - 11:20

Wendy Proctor

Designated Nurse Adult Safeguarding, North East North Cumbria Integrated Care Board

11:20 – 11:50

An Update on the Legal Framework Around Safeguarding

  • The section 42 Care Act duty 
  • DoLS and MCA Update – context and case law 
  • The LPS delay and potential future reform 
  • The inherent jurisdiction of the High Court 
Live Q&A
11:40 – 11:50

Tim Spencer-Lane

Lawyer and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Kingston University 

11:50 – 12:10

Networking Break

12:30 – 13:00

Inspections of Safeguarding Under the New Single Assessment Framework

  • Understanding the new quality statements for safeguarding and how evidence will be collected 
  • The importance of service users’ experiences and feedback 
  • Evidencing an effective learning culture in line with the new quality statements 
  • Conducting effective and compliant internal investigations surrounding safeguarding concerns 
Live Q&A
12:50 – 13:00

Gabi Ashton

Former CQC Inspector, Let's Make Lemonade

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Improving Housing Providers’ Protection of Vulnerable Adults Through Collaborative Working

  • Fostering organisational awareness to identify vulnerable adults  
  • Managing specific forms of complex vulnerabilities identified in social housing including anti-social behaviour, county lines, cuckooing and domestic violence 
  • Developing effective partnership working and information sharing protocols 
  • Examples of exemplary practice and areas for improvement 
Live Q&A
14:20 – 14:30

Jon Cox

Jon Cox, Chair, Housing Quality Network Safeguarding and Housing Best Practice Group and Head of Tenancy Sustainment, Sovereign Housing Association

14:30 – 15:00

Police-Led Multi-Agency Response to Protecting Vulnerable Adults

  • Developing a triage service to ensure vulnerable adults get specialist support 
  • Working in partnership with ambulance, mental health, acute hospitals and social services 
  • Lessons learnt from implementing the service 
Live Q&A
14:50 – 15:00
Vashti Pearce

Vashti Pearce

Specialist Problem Solver, Devon and Cornwall Police

15:00 – 15:30

Developing a Trauma Informed Approach to Safeguarding

  • Embedding a trauma informed approach across your organisation and region 
  • Developing staff skills and competence in trauma informed safeguarding responses 
  • Secondary impact of trauma and adversity 
Live Q&A
15:20 – 15:30

Lucy Cavell

Senior Trauma-Informed Practitioner, Barnardo’s and Coordinator, The West Midlands Trauma Informed Coalition 

15:30 - 15:45

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

Ruth Allen

Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

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