Blackburn with Darwen Advocacy Hub is an independent service that can support you to access health and social care services by ensuring your voice is heard and understand your rights. For more information, please click on the link below to download the leaflet:
NHS England have produced guidance for mental health services in exercising duties to safeguard people from the risk of radicalisation. To view this guidance, please click on the link below:
The Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) have recently produced a Safeguarding Snapshot, focussing on Financial Abuse.
This explains financial and material abuse as defined by The Care Act 2014, includes a section on ‘why it matters’ and what to do if you recognise the signs of financial abuse.
To view this snapshot, please click on the link below:
Please see below a Safeguarding Snapshot detailing the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) priorities for 2017/18. To access the snapshot, please click on the following link:
Please find below a link to the Scamwise document guide, which covers topics such as ‘avoiding and spotting scams’, ‘security dos and don’ts’, ‘who is targeted by scammers’, ‘types of scam’, and what to do if you’ve been scammed or you think someone else has been scammed.
Please also find below a link to the 3rd edition of ‘The Little Book of Big Scams’:
Please see below a link to the Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen eNewsletter from August 2017:
To view the easy read guide to the 2005 Mental Capacity Act, please click on the link below:
Please find below a short animation, produced by Blackburn with Darwen Council in partnership with Public Health Wales, tells the story of a young boy growing up, and how his experience with ACEs have affected his life. It also explains the roles that different agencies can play in preventing them and supporting those impacted.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are those that directly harm a child; such as physical, verbal and sexual abuse or physical or emotional neglect – as well as those that affect the environment where they grow up; including parental separation, domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration.
A study has found that almost half (47 per cent) of adults across Blackburn with Darwen have suffered at least one ACE, with 12 per cent of adults in the borough having suffered four or more.
The Council has also produced a range of supporting information to go along with the animation – which can be found using the following link: http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/Pages/aces.aspx
Dr Helen Lowey, Consultant in Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:
‘Whilst this issue is clearly not specific to Blackburn with Darwen, we feel it is important to take a proactive approach and raise awareness of how ACEs can affect a person throughout their entire life. What must be remembered is that ACEs can be prevented. We are doing work across the borough, including this animation, to both prevent ACEs occurring in the first place wherever possible and to prevent the consequences of them in those that have already experienced them.’