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July 2022 Newsletter

Welcome from the Chair

I would like to welcome you to the July edition of the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board newsletter.

We share this with you having recently held the annual Safeguarding Week campaign – and what a campaign it was!

I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on an event which shone the light on key safeguarding areas for adults boards, children’s and community safety partnerships such as domestic abuse, exploitation, self-neglect and many more.

The NYSAB hosted three multi-agency workshops. They covered Suicide Prevention, Postvention & Bereavement Support, Suicide Prevention & Mental Health and Homelessness, Substance Misuse and Mental Health exploring multiple disadvantages – recordings and resources from the Suicide Prevention sessions can be found here: https://safeguardingadults.co.uk/suicide-prevention

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the planning and delivery of the campaign. The programme of workshops may have been held virtually but through creative solutions it still felt very real and the level of engagement from both professionals and the public was simply brilliant.

Thank you to all of our guest speakers and presenters for sharing g your knowledge and expertise. Particular thanks to those inspirational contributors who shared their personal experiences to help us learn and develop.
And finally thank you to everyone who delivered activity in their local areas and those who attended the sessions, promoted the key messages and supported the campaign.

Although Safeguarding Week 2022 ends – our collective responsibility in doing the utmost to prevent harm, abuse and neglect does not, so my ask is that you continue to raise awareness, report concerns and promote the message that safeguarding is everybody’s business.

As well as Safeguarding Week we saw the Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) go live on 1st July and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner launched the multi-agency Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy on 30th June – more on both of these in this newsletter.

In ending – as the ICBs go live we say goodbye to the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – North Yorkshire, Bradford District & Craven and Vale of York. I would like to give thanks for your invaluable contributions and hard work – not least in safeguarding.

Thank you!

Dr Sue Proctor Independent Chair, NYSAB

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Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy

A new, overarching strategy to address violence against women and girls across North Yorkshire and York is being published today by Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe.

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner promised to prioritise this issue and, when she was elected last November, launched a complete review of how acts of violence or abuse that disproportionately affect women or girls are dealt with across North Yorkshire and York.

For more details – including a link to the new strategy visit https://safeguardingadults.co.uk/news/addressing-violence-against-women-and-girls-in-north-yorkshire-city-of-york/

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Online referral form and adult safeguarding concern

A new online form has been launched to make it easier for professionals to request involvement from adult social care.

The new form can be found here:

A new online safeguarding concern form will go live early August 2022 and will be available here:

For more information visit: https://safeguardingadults.co.uk/news/online-referral-form-and-adult-safeguarding-concern/

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Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)

What are integrated care systems?

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships of organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services, and to improve the lives of people who live and work in their area.

Following several years of locally led development, recommendations of NHS England and passage of the Health and Care Act (2022), 42 ICSs were established across England on a statutory basis on 1 July 2022.

More information can be found here: NHS England » What are integrated care systems?

What does these mean in North Yorkshire?

In North Yorkshire we will work alongside 2 ICSs:

  • Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership; and
  • West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

More information about each of the partnerships can be found at the following links:

Humber & North Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership (humberandnorthyorkshire.org.uk

Home :: West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership (wypartnership.co.uk)

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How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing?

What are the key organisations that make up the NHS? And how can they collaborate with partners in the health and care system to deliver joined-up care? Watch this animation from The Kings Fund to find out.

You can also visit The Kings Fund website for more information: How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing? | The King’s Fund (kingsfund.org.uk)

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Healthwatch: Accessible Information Report

A new report by Healthwatch North Yorkshire and Healthwatch York has concluded health and care providers must do more to help people who need information in an accessible format.

The report recommends several actions for organisations that will ensure everyone receives information in the most accessible format for them.

The full report can be found here: https://www.healthwatchnorthyorkshire.co.uk/report/2022-06-21/accessible-information-report-june-2022

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Coproduction: Meeting as Equals, Experts Together in Yorkshire & Humber

On 21 June 2022 ADASS hosted an online co-production event featuring sessions presented by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and Kirklees, Leeds, North Lincolnshire and Bradford Councils.

The full recording of the event is available below at the link below – split up into eight sessions. Highlight videos including presentations from Leeds and Lincolnshire on the fantastic coproduction work they have done in their safeguarding adults Boards.

Meeting as Equals, Experts Together in Y&H – Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Yorkshire and Humber Region (adassyh.org.uk)

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Safeguarding Adults National Conference – 24th November

This conference will feature an agenda of safeguarding experts, delivering a series of insightful and informative presentations, addressing some of the perturbing issues surrounding safeguarding and to highlight some of the preventative measures to minimise harm and share best practice.  Question-and-answer sessions will allow for delegates to have their say and contribute to the discussions, whilst informal networking breaks will allow for knowledge exchange and peer interaction.

For more information and to book a place please visit Safeguarding Adults: It’s Everybody’s Business | Open Forum Events

Keeping Safe Guides

The Safeguarding Adults Board worked with the North Yorkshire Learning Disability Partnership Board and Inclusion North to write some easy read books about ‘Keeping Safe’ which you can find on our website by clicking here
A Keeping Safe activity pack for use with the guides is also available
You can access the activities on our website by clicking here
The audio versions of the guides are now available too and they can be found here

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Worried about someone or need help?

Together we can stop abuse Leaflet - Hand
Together we can stop abuse Leaflet – Hand

Abuse is always wrong. No one should have to face abuse. By reporting it you can bring it to an end.
If you or the person you are concerned about is in danger and immediate action is required, you should ring the emergency services on 999.


If you or the person you are concerned about are not in immediate danger, you should ring the North Yorkshire County Council Customer Services Centre on 01609 780 780. This includes out of office hours. The Minicom number is 01609 779 838

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Get in touch

If there is anything you would like to see in future editions of the newsletter or you simply want to get in touch or to keep up to date with the work of the NYSAB you can contact us using the methods below:
Email: nysab@northyorks.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @nysab1
Post: North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board, Health and Adult Services, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AD

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