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Statement regarding publication of Safeguarding Adult Review of Paul

Cornwall Council accepts the findings of the report released today (12 September) by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board.

The Council has been working through the action plan that has been developed by the Board, generated from the Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) of ‘Paul’, who died in 2016.

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Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “We are very sorry about the circumstances that led to Paul’s death and it is of paramount importance that we learn from what happened.

Cornwall Council Strategic Director for Adult Care and Support, Helen Charlesworth-May said: “My sympathies go out to all those who knew Paul and those who have been affected by his death.

“Social work practice around working with people who ‘self-neglect’ is recognised as particularly challenging to social workers across the country and can be one of the most often recognised reasons why a Safeguarding Adult Review is required. There have been a significant number of self-neglect cases across the South West and nationally in the past few years.

"Local Authorities across the country are all learning more about how they can better support people who self-neglect since the Care Act 2014 set it out as one of its key considerations.

“Our social work practice in this area has greatly improved, this includes making sure that the person is at the heart of the discussion about how we can support their independence and maintain their dignity, as well as considering the social needs of the individual so that they are able to develop and maintain relationships with their family, friends and the wider community”

The Council has put into action the learnings from the report. This includes:

  1. Supporting the Board to create a ‘self-neglect’ policy
  2. Putting a ‘high risk’ panel in place to work on the most complex and challenging cases.
  3. Identifying people already receiving care and support who show signs of ‘self-neglect’ to make sure they are receiving the best care possible for their needs.
  4. Working with Fire and Rescue to make sure they are able to recognise signs of self-neglect and are able to make the adult social care team aware so they can support them. 

This SAR is the first review that is ready to be published with more expected to be published in the year ahead.

The Council is continuing to work with the Board to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society are protected.

Posted on 12 September