Self Neglect - Senior Practitioners and Lead Agencies

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This is a specialist course for practitioners and managers who are regularly working with complex situations where people are believed to be self neglecting and at risk of harm. This may include social workers, assessment team managers, housing managers and senior practitioners in provider services who regularly work with complex cases and who may have to take a lead role in convening a self neglect planning meeting.

The self-neglect procedure, part of the Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures, sets out a clear multi-agency approach to working with people who self neglect.  The course will review the procedures and will provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge and expertise, exploring limitations and challenges, evaluating good practice, escalating concerns where there are areas of uncertainty, and managing multi agency relationships and input. Participants will be expected to come prepared to share examples, and to work together on some case material.

Applications are welcome from partner organisations in the city, albeit that applicants are expected to have a significant role in co-ordinating responses to self neglect. (There is a seperate course for people requiring a foundation understanding of the issues of working with people who self neglect.)

Start Date
Thursday 9 June 2022
End Date
Thursday 9 June 2022
10:00 - 16:00
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Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • evaluate your role and responsibilities under Self Neglect Procedures

  • explain limitations and challenges of your role and how to effectively escalate areas of concern

  • understand the difference between decisional and executive capacity and its relevance to working with people who self neglect

  • evaluate processes and interventions, including when to instigate a multi-agency planning meeting

  • consider professional limitations, legal options and ethical issues

  • manage multi agency relationships and identify situations where specialist input may be required


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A few key points;

1. You will not incur any charges for accessing the training via Zoom

2. You do not need to download Zoom if you are accessing the training via a pc or laptop.

3. If you plan to use your 'phone to access the training you will need to download the Zoom app from the Zoom website.

4. We recommend you use a laptop, pc or device with a larger screen than a 'phone if possible

5. Please check your device's audio and video is enabled and make sure it's working beforehand. You will find information about how to do this on Zoom.

6. If you decide to set up a basic Zoom account to access the training you will not be charged

7. We will be using Zoom breakout rooms for the training. Please note that if you intend to join the meeting via Google Chrome/Chromebook you will NOT be able to access breakout rooms, so please join using a different search engine/device.

8. In terms of security, you will need to use the password to join the meeting and you will be held in a waiting room until the trainer lets you in. Zoom is also encrypted.
Target Audience
Adult Social Care Providers / Assessment Services (BHCC) / Senior Staff / Social Workers
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Course pre-requisites
Zoom, online learning session
Event Trainers
Roni Burchfield
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