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Safeguarding Adults-Making it Personal

  • Thursday, 23 November 2023
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 15:45
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Book your place today at the newly announced Safeguarding Adults: Making it Personal conference for the opportunity to discover how to improve safeguarding practice to prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse and neglect. Don’t miss the chance to learn from expert speakers and experienced practitioners with invaluable knowledge and discover the very latest initiatives being applied to support adults at risk.

Safeguarding adults means ‘protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect’.

There were an estimated 541,535 concerns of abuse raised during 2021-22, an increase of 9% on the previous year, which is slightly above the average annual growth rate per year for the previous four years (8% per year on average between 2016-17 and 2020-21).

This annual meeting, taking place during Safeguarding Adults Week 2023, will bring together all those with responsibilities to safeguard adults whose personal circumstances could deem them as vulnerable and at risk of harm. Although there are specialists working in safeguarding, it is the responsibility of everyone to recognise and report any safeguarding suspicions. This well attended event will provide delegates with enhanced learning to support their safeguarding practice.

This national conference will feature an agenda of insightful and informative presentations, addressing some of the challenges surrounding safeguarding and share best practice, whilst highlighting exemplars in improving safety and preventing harm . Question-and-answer sessions will allow for delegates to have their say and contribute to the discussions, whilst informal networking breaks will allow for knowledge exchange and peer interaction.
Book today for the CPD accredited Safeguarding Adults: Making it Personal conference to be at the forefront of professional practice and policy.


This conference is designed to induce change with knowledge, innovation, and inspiration.
Any transformation of a process or service requires the input of products and services devised to make improvements such as digital technologies; training provision; workforce planning; outsourced services; data and analytics etc.
If your organisation supports change through your products and services, our delegates and conference participants will be ready to engage with you.

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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Simon Garner, Wirral Council, Assistant Director for Adult Social Care Operational Delivery and Professional Standards (confirmed)

Keynote Address

"The Team Around the Person: Learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews on Multi-Agency Collaboration"

This presentation will present an evidence-base from research, practice, and safeguarding adult reviews about multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working in adult safeguarding. The presentation will include human stories to illustrate the importance of services working together to provide wrap-around care and support.

  • Donna Ohdedar, CEO & Founder, Review Consulting, Review Consulting Ltd (confirmed)
"Fostering an Appreciative Stance to Leadership and in Reviews"

In reviews we have adopted a deficit focus for so long. Is it possible to shift it back & learn from what went well?When practice falls short of what was expected, leaders are under pressure to show accountability. Where this leads to more compliance measures & defensiveness, we’re not creating the conditions for workers to do what they do best. How can this be different? What if there was a way forward without adding more recommendations & action plans.

  • Ian Porter, Psychologist/Coordinator NW HHH Network/GM Hoarding Improvement Partnership (H.I.P.) Lead, Hoarders Helping Hoarders (confirmed)
"Hoarding: Changing the narrative - A Rant in E-Minor"

Ian will attempt to change the way YOU think about ‘hoarding’ in 25 minutes!


Question & Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Adam Mellor, Global Professional Instructor, CPI (confirmed)
  • Helen Calvert, Global Professional Instructor, CPI (confirmed)
"Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of the Inclusion of Lived Experience in the Workplace"

This session will seek to clarify what we mean by ‘lived experience,’ look at best practice recommendations and explore the benefits for service users and staff in adult services. We will then seek to identify any potential challenges and if so, how we can mitigate the risks to the organisation, service users, individuals with lived experience and staff.

"The Importance of Advocacy in Safeguarding –Ensuring the Voice of the Person is Heard"

What is advocacy and why is it so important for people to have access to this support throughout safeguarding processes?


Case Study

"Empowering Survivors of Domestic Abuse: The Journey through Step Forward to Recovery"

In this engaging presentation, Saskia Lightburn-Ritchie, Chief Executive of My CWA, explores the transformative journey of domestic abuse survivors through the "Step Forward to Recovery" online programme. Focused on the programme's unique features- such as accessibility, safety, and tailored support - Saskia shares impactful stories of strength and growth. From building communities to fostering autonomy, the presentation delves into the holistic benefits, particularly relevant for those open to adult social care. Attendees will gain insights into the evolving landscape of domestic abuse support and the pivotal role of online platforms in empowering and developing resilience among survivors.


Question & Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.



  • Ian Porter, Psychologist/Coordinator NW HHH Network/GM Hoarding Improvement Partnership (H.I.P.) Lead, Hoarders Helping Hoarders (confirmed)

Following on from this morning's 'rant'; Ian will explore some of the issues raised in a little more detail by (i) outlining a 4-stage model for working with people who exhibit hoarding behaviours which he has developed during his work across the NW region and (ii) offering some constructive ways in which people can transfer the model's core principles into practice.

  • Phil Davies, Safeguarding Partner, Great Places (confirmed)
  • Martine Whitehead, Head Of Support Services, Great Places Housing Group (confirmed)
"Safeguarding and Homelesness"

If someone becomes homeless, they may find it difficult to care for and protect themselves and cope with existing life challenges. Lacking safety, security, privacy and the support networks of friends and family, they may become particularly vulnerable to violence, abuse, crime and exploitation.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Cathy Taylor, Regional Outreach Manager , Disclosure and Barring Service (confirmed)
  • Jordan Hayden, Regional Outreach Adviser North West , DBS (confirmed)
"Harmful Behaviour Outside of the Workplace – should this be referred to DBS?"

Helen Chandler, Head of Partnerships & Engagement at DBS will explore how harmful behaviour displayed outside work/voluntary settings may impact upon safeguarding and could lead to someone being included in a barred list.
Cathy Taylor, Regional Outreach Manager will talk about how to make a Barring referral to the DBS.

  • Eleni Kazaglis, Economic Abuse Specialist, Surviving Economic Abuse (confirmed)
"Recognising Economic Abuse"

Economic abuse occurs in 95% of domestic abuse situations. Eleni will speak on recognising this form of domestic abuse, the tactics of perpetrators and the recent changes to legislation that aims to support victim-survivors obtain justice and economic safety.


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

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who will attend

• Adult and Communities Directorate
• Adult Mental Health Services Teams
• Adult Safeguarding Leads
• Adult Social Care Teams
• Assisted Living Teams
• Care Teams
• Charity Workers
• Clinicians
• Community Safety Teams
• Criminal Justice Officers
• Designated Nurses for Adult Protection
• Directors of Nursing
• Extra Care Teams
• GPs

• Heads of Adult Social Services
• Health Improvement Teams
• Health Service Commissioners
• Home Care Services
• Hospital Workers
• HR and Workforce Development Teams
• Neighbourhood & Community
• Older People’s Services Teams
• Physical Disability Teams
• Police Officers
• Policy & Performance Teams
• Primary Care Teams
• Quality & Development Teams
• Rape & Sexual Violence Teams
• Safe & Sound Partnership Boards
• Strategy & Planning Teams
• Supported Housing Teams
• Supporting People Teams