Adult Safeguarding: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities
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Presentations on:

  • Nature and limits of intervention in adults' lives
  • Evidence base for practice and self-neglect
  • Protecting adults from abuse and neglect: practice under the Care Act
  • Safeguarding adults and health.

Keynote speakers

The President of the Court of Protection and President of the Family Division, The Rt Hon Sir James Munby will be speaking on the nature and limits of intervention in adults lives.

Her Majesty The Queen approved the appointment of The Rt Hon Lord Justice Munby as President of the Family Division with effect from 11 January 2013. The Rt Hon Lord Justice Munby was called to the Bar in 1971 and is a former member of New Square Chambers. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988 and then appointed as a High Court Judge on 23 May 2000, assigned to the Family Division. He was appointed as Chairman of the Law Commission on 1 August 2009. On 12 October 2009 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, receiving the customary appointment to the Privy Council on 17 November. His term as Chairman of the Law Commission expired in August 2012.

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire, will be speaking on the evidence base for practice and self-neglect.

Professor Preston-Shoot's latest research has focused on adult safeguarding in England, commissioned by the Department of Health (published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence and in the Journal of Adult Protection) and Scotland (published in the Journal of Adult Protection). In particular he has researched and published on the governance of adult safeguarding and on building the evidence base for working with adults who self-neglect. He is the Independent Chair of Luton’s Local Safeguarding Children Board and Local Safeguarding Adults Board.

Renowned author Michael Mandelstam will be speaking on protecting adults from abuse and neglect: practice under the Care Act. 
Michael worked previously in the voluntary sector and at the Department of Health. He has since worked independently, providing legal training and advice on social and health care. He has published a number of books. These include Safeguarding Adults and the Law (2nd edition, 2013) and How We Treat the Sick: Neglect and Abuse in our Health Services (2011).

Geoff Baines, Director of Professional Practice, Quality and Safety at Plymouth Community Healthcare Community Interest Company will be speaking on safeguarding adults and health.

Plymouth Community Healthcare provides a wide range of health and care services to children and adults largely in the Plymouth area but also provide specialist services for people throughout England. Within this role Geoff is also the Executive lead for Safeguarding, a member of the Plymouth Adult Safeguarding Board and Vice Chair of the Plymouth Children’s Safeguarding Board. 

Geoff is a qualified social worker and has worked in health and social care services for the last 25 years. This has included providing direct care, operational and clinical management, commissioning and strategic leadership roles. In recent years Geoff has led significant projects related to safeguarding including the Director of the External Change team appointed to respond to the Health Care Commission Investigation of Budock Hospital in Cornwall in 2006; a lead role for the NHS in England coordinating the response to Winterbourne View, Chair of the National Strategic Health Authority leads addressing national safeguarding developments and Head of Patient Experience across  the South of NHS England providing safeguarding support to complex safeguarding investigations.

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