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Advocacy Awareness - took place on 25.01.24

This session was delivered by POhWER, a charity which helps people who, because of disability, illness, social exclusion and other challenges, find it difficult to express their views or get the support they need. POhWER provide statutory advocacy in Telford & Wrekin, and many other local authority areas across the country. The session covered the following topics:

  • What is advocacy?
  • Why is it needed?
  • Who can benefit?
  • Why is it needed?
  • How to access it?
  • How you can help?

Click here to download a copy of the slides

Listen, Learn, Lead – Co Production With Experts by Experience - took place on 24.11.23

This session aimed to increase awareness and encourage more use of co-production. Our Making It Real Board was set up in January 2018 and is made up of people who use adult services or who are interested in the development of Adult Social Care (ASC) in Telford and Wrekin. The Board works in co-production with council leaders, making recommendations on how different service areas can improve and develop, with the aim of seeing services progress towards more person-centred, community-based support. As 'experts by experience' the board is uniquely placed to ensure that council leaders are kept in touch with the day to day realities for people who use services and their carers and that local people are placed at the heart of decisions around the future of ASC in the borough.

The session was delivered by Katie Rae from the Making it Real Board and covered the following areas:

  • What is co-production?
  • Why does it matter?
  • How can you get involved?


Who Cares for the Carers? - took place 22.11.23

This webinar aimed to raise awareness around the role of carers, both adult and child carers, and the support in place for them within Telford and Wrekin. The session was delivered by Telford CVS Carer Centre.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here


Lunch and Learn - Domestic Abuse Focus (second input) - took place on 20.11.23

This re-run of the webinar which took place in June was refreshed in content due to local changes and aimed to raise awareness around Domestic Abuse. The session was jointly delivered by West Mercia Police, ICB and Cranstoun (the new Domestic Abuse Service for Telford and Wrekin) and covered the following topics:

  • The role of the DARO 
  • MARAC process 
  • Information on Clare’s Law (DVDS) 
  • The role of a DHR’s 
  • The new Domestic Abuse Service 
  • Different forms of domestic abuse 
  • Warning flags to look out for

Presentations for download:


Lunch and Learn - Domestic Abuse Focus (first input) - took place on 14.06.23

This webinar aimed to raise awareness around Domestic Abuse. The session was jointly delivered by West Mercia Police, ICB and Cranstoun (the new Domestic Abuse Service for Telford and Wrekin) and covered the following topics:

  • The role of the DARO 
  • MARAC process 
  • Information on Clare’s Law (DVDS) 
  • The role of a DHR’s 
  • The new Domestic Abuse Service 
  • Different forms of domestic abuse 
  • Warning flags to look out for 



Presentations for download:


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National Trading Standards, Friends Against Scams - Coercion and control in financial abuse - took place on 30.11.22 

The National Trading Standards Scams Team present on the launch of a new report on the use of coercion and control by perpetrators of fraud and financial abuse. The report sheds light on the similarities between perpetrators of financial abuse and perpetrators of domestic violence in the techniques they use to manipulate their victims. The authors of the report and leading academics in the field, Professor Keith Brown, Dr Elisabeth Carter, and Jennifer Hawkswood summarise the results of their research and lead on discussions on how the fraud prevention community should respond to the findings.

Watch the webinar recording from the 30th of November here, read the report here  also attached (the report has not been officially launched yet, it will also be launched as a parliamentary report in the new year but Dr Elisabeth Carter has agreed we can share it and Worcs safeguarding Partnership have already added to their website).



Predatory Marriage - took place 25.11.22

Joan Blass was 91 with severe dementia and terminal cancer. After her death in March 2016, we found that a much younger man, age 68, had secretly married her five months previously. She never knew that she was married (see Our Story section for full story). These events have had a devastating effect on our family both emotionally and financially. We were shocked by how few checks there were to stop this marriage taking place. We believe that there needs to be better protection against such predatory marriage to prevent this happening to anyone else.

We aim to…

  1. Change the law such that a marriage does not automatically revoke a Will
  2. Create an offence of Predatory Marriage, perhaps as a subset of Forced Marriage.
  3. Publish Notices/Banns on the Internet.
  4. Train Registrars to look for signs of insufficient mental capacity to marry.
  5. Add a robust set of questions for registrars to ask at marriage, with clear procedures for them to follow if correct answers are not given.
  6. Ensure Registrars will stop a marriage ceremony if there are any doubts.
  7. Add “The marriage was fraudulent” to the permitted reasons to annul a marriage after one party has died.


During the seminar, Daphne will talk about her personal experience of working with agencies in order to understand how it was possible for her mum to marry in secret desperate having Power of Attorney for her, a mechanism to safeguard her. She describes the lack of ‘professional curiosity’ within the system which ultimately failed to protect her mum from being victim of a marriage she was unaware she was in.


Delivered by:

Daphne Franks - Training Simulated Patients at Plymouth, Exeter and  Liverpool Medical Schools - Peel Roleplay | LinkedIn


The Abuse of Older People with Hourglass - took place on 24.11.22

This webinar with Shropshire Partners in Care, Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership and Shropshire Community Safeguarding Partnership addressed the abuse of older people. The panel discussing this topic were Michelle Williams (Interim Service Manager, Adult Social Care, Shropshire Council), Karen Littleford (Safeguarding Adults Lead, Shropshire shire Partners in Care) and Elizabeth Fox (Community Response Officer (IDVA) with the Chair, Sarah Browne a trustee with Hourglass facilitating the discussion. Links mentioned in the webinar are signposted in the webinar description on YouTube, access the webinar recording here -


Self-Neglect - took place on 22.11.22

One of the key challenges in adult safeguarding is ensuring the wellbeing of adults where risk arises from self-neglect rather than from a third party. The seminar will cover relevant legislation, practice and approaches to self-neglect, ethical dilemmas, and key learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews.

Delivered by


Armed Forces Covenant - took place on 26.09.22

The Armed Forces Act 2021, which comes into law at the end of 2022, will place a legal obligation on bodies responsible for providing local services in the areas of healthcare, education and housing; such as local authorities, governing bodies of schools and NHS bodies.

This seminar is delivered by Cindy Mason-Morris, Armed Forces Covenant Co-ordinator for Telford and Wrekin and will provide an overview of the unique challenges of Service life and how you can help support our Armed Forces Community. It will aim to increase understanding of the principles of the Covenant at a local level whilst providing sources of further information and support.

It will include sections on:

  • What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
  • Who are the Armed Forces Community and what challenges do they face?
  • The Armed Forces Act 2021 and the new Armed Forces Covenant Duty.


Delivered by


To access a copy of Cindy's slides please click here

To access a copy of Smita's slides please click here


Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Awareness - took on place on 13.06.22     

Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership are hosting an online seminar to raise awareness around the Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) process. The seminar will be delivered in 3 parts to include information on:

  • Local practice and processes - Oliver Nicholas (Chair of SAR Panel within the Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership)
  • Overviews of SAR – what are they, why we have them and relevant legislation - Vicky Worthington (Telford and Wrekin Service Delivery Manager for Community Social Work and Safeguarding)
  • Previous SAR’s and learning - Nichola Ward (SAR Champion for ASC)

By the end of the session you will be familiar with the possible circumstances which would require a SAR to be undertaken , the process of making a good quality referral if you have concerns around how agencies worked together to safeguard an individual and an understanding of the role you would play as a professional within any SAR.

Delivered by

To access a copy of the slides please click here


Useful links:

Regional Safeguarding SAR Policy

SAR referral form


The importance of robust recording within casework (and top tips!) - took place on 18th May 2022


Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership hosted an online seminar focussing on “The importance of robust recording within casework (and top tips!)”. This will be delivered by Kate Young, founder of the Safeguarding Association. The seminar will reinforce the key elements of good, robust recording within all aspects of case work. It will help navigate the possible pitfalls and hurdles in building a person/child centred, balanced reflection of their circumstances where decisions and actions are clear and are appropriately supported with relevant legislation, principles and professional experience.  By the end of the session you should feel confident in the information which should be recorded within case files and understand its importance within the wider context of safeguarding.

Delivered by

Safeguarding Association


Pressure Ulcers - took place on 11th April 2022

International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day was held in November with the aim to highlight the importance of preventing pressure ulcers as well as intervening promptly to any risks or signs of the development of pressure damage.  Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership are delighted to announce their commitment to this action by hosting an online seminar to cover this important area.   There will be 2 presentations from Jodie Jordan, Tissue Viability Service Lead for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and Rachel Jones, Deputy Designated Adult Safeguarding Professional for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group.   The seminar will allow opportunity for open discussion and ensure that your knowledge and practice has the key elements to provide optimum care, to apply the Safeguarding Adults Protocol and to identify any areas of further development.

Delivered by

To access a copy of the slides please click here



Safeguarding Adults – Developing A Positive Safeguarding Culture - took place on 31st March 2022 

Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership hosted an Adult Safeguarding session addressing ‘Developing A Positive Safeguarding Culture’ facilitated by Karen Littleford, Safeguarding Adults Lead, Shropshire Partners in Care.  

The short webinar considered developing the notion of a positive safeguarding culture and covered the following areas:

  • State the key components of a ‘positive safeguarding culture’  
  • Describe what is outlined in good practice guidance
  • Outline how recruitment practice contributes to a positive culture
  • Explain the importance of embedding key safeguarding and other principles
  • Identify how can we make sure that everyone in an organisation has a role in developing this culture

To access the supporting course materials please click here

Delivered by


Family Safeguarding Model Seminar - took place on 17th February 2022


The Family Safeguarding Model is a strengths-based approach which looks to support parents to make positive changes to family life when they are referred to children’s services. It aims to keep families together, with bespoke and tailored packages of support around domestic violence, mental health and substance misuse. The Family Safeguarding Model is a pioneering approach to providing help for families in need. By bringing together children's social care professionals with specialists in adult mental health, domestic abuse and substance misuse we will provide tailored wrap around support for parents. This seminar will be delivered by Darren Knibbs, Strategic Lead, Telford and Wrekin Council and Emma Martin, SDM Family Connect, Telford and Wrekin Council and will provide further detail on the model itself and how it has progressed since its launch in June 2021, along with information on the Threshold of Needs

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DBS - took place on 19th November 2021. This seminar covered the following areas:

  • The role of the disclosure and barring service
  • Understanding DBS checks and role eligibility including levels of checks and the workforce
  • Understand when an employee/volunteer is eligible for a check
  • Understand the DBS Update Service
  • How regulated activity is defined and what this means in practice
  • Understand what safe recruitment practices can be in place and how DBS checks can form a part of this.
  • The three different referral routes
  • When a DBS Barring referral should be made, including when the legal duty is met
  • How regulated activity is defined and what this means in practice
  • How to make a good quality referral
  • Provide a clear understanding of the consequences of not making appropriate barring referrals and the consequences of being included in one or both Barred Lists

To view a copy of the slides please click here.

For further DBS information, advice and contact details please visit the DBS website.