Learning Zone

Learning Zone

Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board (CSAB) is committed to a culture of learning and improvement. Central to effective adult safeguarding is a competent workforce and we recognise that learning can take many forms.  The "Learning Zone" is a dedicated area for organisations and practitioners designed to enhance best practice for training and ensure staff access training relevant to their role in safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

Mental Capacity Act 2005 information for Professionals

Watch the video of Declan Frew, Social Worker in the Safeguarding Team, Adult Social Care explaining what safeguarding adult is, the legislative framework, how to report concerns and how he and the team work with colleagues across partner agencies to protect adults at risk of abuse and neglect.

Domestic Homicide Reviews are part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and became law from 13th April 2011. They do not replace but will be in addition to the inquest or any other form of inquiry.

A domestic homicide review means a review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse, or neglect.

The violence, abuse or neglect was caused by a person related to the individual that died, or with whom they had been in an intimate personal relationship with, or by someone who lived in the same household as them.

Domestic Homicide Reviews are undertaken to improve responses to domestic violence and aim to prevent what happened to the person that died,  happening to others.  They will try to ensure that public bodies like social services, councils, police and other community-based organisations understand what happened that led to the death of the person and identify where responses to the situation could be improved. From this, the public bodies hope to learn all the right lessons including those which impact how they work together. These reviews will not seek to lay blame but to consider what happened and what could have been done differently. They will also recommend actions to improve responses to domestic violence situations in the future.

You can access the Cumberland Community Safety Partnership (CSP) website here: cumberlandcsp.org.uk

Or the Westmorland and Furness Community Safety Partnership website here: westmorlandandfurnesscsp.org.uk

"Tricky Friends" is a short animation which was developed by Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board.  Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board have obtained their permission to adapt this for use locally in Cumbria.  It is aimed at all individuals, groups and organisations who support people with learning disabilities and autism, to raise awareness of issues like exploitation, county lines, cuckooing.

The animation will help people to understand what good friendships are, when they might be harmful, and what they can do.  It is important that people with learning disabilities and autism, those who have cognitive difficulties, and also children and young adults, have positive opportunities to make and maintain friendships. We want to help them do this, to reduce the risk of harm and exploitation in groups who may be less able to recognise the intentions of others. 

CSAB hope this animation is used as a way to help people to think about the issues, to start those conversations, and keep them safer while enjoying friendships.

The animation is only 3 minutes long, and can be used with or by anyone - carers, family, organisations, individuals and groups.

We hope you find it helpful - let us know what you think csab@cumberland.gov.uk

Important information 

Cumbria County Council as a partner of CSAB have offered e-learning training packages open to providers, 3rd sector groups and volunteers working with adults at risk of abuse or neglect. 

From the 30th of June 2024 you will no longer be able to access your e-learning account, as the My Learning site is being replaced.
Further information will be provided in due course as to the plans for a replacement training provision, updates will be provided here and via the CSAB newsletters and news briefs.

The Programme for Alcohol Studies is a collaborative project created by the NHS North East and North Cumbria Health and Care Partnership and NHS Health Education England North East. The programme is hosted by Making Every Contact Count (MECC). A new online training platform has opened to all health and care staff who would like to learn more about alcohol abuse. The programme for alcohol studies offers a comprehensive range of self-led and live training opportunities covering:

  • alcohol awareness - what drives alcohol related harm?
  • identifying alcohol related harm - how can we talk to patients about it?
  • interventions to manage alcohol abuse - how can we support the patient journey to recovery?

North East and North Cumbria Programme for Alcohol Studies.

Alcohol Change UK

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13/07/2021 1293k

Training on Self-neglect: Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board - YouTube

The session provides best practice and multi-agency guidance when working with adults who have care and support needs who self-neglect,

National Safeguarding Adults Week is co-ordinated by The Ann Craft Trust and is an opportunity for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to highlight key safeguarding key issues, start conversations and raise awareness of safeguarding best practice.

During the week of action CSAB publish daily briefings signposting to information and resources and also deliver lunch & learn sessions.  You can watch the lunch and learn sessions here -

National Safeguarding Adults Week 5-Minute Briefings

June 2024

May 2024

April 2024

March 2024

February 2024

January 2024

December 2023

October 2023

September 2023

August 2023

July 2023

This is an archive of CSAB newsletters which may contain historic links to documents.  If you have trouble accessing please contact csab@cumberland.gov.uk