So, about 18 months ago there was an evening that involved good food, good company & a desire to put the world to rights. Thus was the concept of the ‘Pragmatic Practitioners’ group born. It may have had a slightly different working title but you will have to ask me in person if you want to know the answer to that one…
Nonetheless, the idea of bringing together various professionals from different spheres was thought to be a really good one. Where to begin to find them & what did they need to have in common? A professional interest in long-term care & mental capacity but more importantly an understanding of when you roll your sleeves up & get stuck in to just get things done. Nothing ever works smoothly – the worst crises are always at 5pm on a Friday before a bank holiday. What do you do?
Well, we collected together in a room in December and thrashed out some ideas. Watch this space for a mission statement, biographies and how you can get in touch with us.
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Happy New Year Pragmatic Practitioners
I would be very interested in taking a more detailed look at S42 enquiries and joint work with the Police and Local Authority. The Local Authority do not have to lead the enquiry process, however, they must provide oversight and guidance and where most appropriate they should take a lead. In a Police enquiry the Police will lead with the Local Authority providing the support around the person. In all safeguarding situations the person is affected by abuse and neglect and therefore they should be supported to prevent the impact of any trauma on that persons life. This may well mean an assessment of need. A person eligible for safeguarding does not have to be eligible for Local Authority Services however, the duty to assess remains with the Local Authority.
The Police often in my experience confuse capacity issues with the credibility of a witness and this presents huge barriers in gaining equitable access for those deemed ‘vulnerable’ in the criminal justice system. We have access to criminal justice for children and sometimes very young children, however, we still do not have access for those who have dementia, learning disabilities, or mental ill health. These people are the very people groomed for suicide bombing, sexually exploited and trafficked. More and more often vulnerable people are being targeted because people who seek criminal gain recognise that it is highly unlikely that there will be any prosecution. What about Human Rights?
This may be a very interesting and pertinent focus for a conference, what do you think?
Deborah, this echoes my recent experience and your suggestion I am sure would be welcomed by the group (in particular perhaps Sean, Steve and Robert, if not several of the others directly involved with Adult Safeguarding). It makes me think that with the current state of Adult Safeguarding in this Country, if we can assist the most vulnerable by exposing some of the issues and focusing the minds of those that could make the necessary changes happen than this satisfies our raison d’être.