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Cancer and Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for professionals

This toolkit is designed to help healthcare professionals working with people affected by cancer. It can help you to identify and respond to signs of domestic abuse affecting patients and carers.

Click here to Visit the Macmillan website

Watch a recording of the toolkit launch: Cancer and Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for professionals

For advice and support, or if you are worried about yourself or someone else:

  • Call the Macmillan Safeguarding Team 24/7 on ​​07595 002 022 or 07793 579 375
  • Email safeguarding@macmillan.org.uk. This account is only monitored Monday to Friday in core working hours and you may not get an immediate response. 

Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage & Female Genital Mutilation

A guide to how 4LSAB agencies respond to incidents (crime and non-crime) where Honour Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriage (FM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) may be a consideration.
Click here to view the guidance

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

IW Council Resources

Visit the Isle of Wight Council Domestic Abuse pages to find guidance for professionals and members of the public, and information about awareness campaigns or events.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You are not alone

Contact the freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247

Webchat with an advisor (Mon-Fri, 3pm-10pm): Chat to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline online

FSDG (Fire Safety Development Group) Learning Briefing 2023

Learning from FSDG case reviews for cases occurring between April 2022 and March 2023.
Thanks to H&IWFRS Safeguarding Lead Officer Laura Cane-Andrews for providing this information.

FSDG-Learning-Briefing-2023 (WORD document)

Our free home fire safety visits are available to support vulnerable members of our community to ensure they are protected from fire risks.

Find More details on the H&IWFRS website or complete an online referral form

4LSAB Fire Safety Development Group – Case Referral Form

The 4LSAB Fire Safety Development Group is a partnership led by Hampshire & IOW Fire & Rescue to ensure that fire safety risk management is embedded into partner working practices to reduce people being killed or seriously injured in fires. Agencies can refer cases to the Fire Safety Development Group for the purposes of review and learning. Please use the below form, which contains referral criteria.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Emollients Safety 2021

Both paraffin and non-paraffin emollients can act as an accelerant when absorbed into clothing and exposed to naked flames or other heat sources. So it’s vital to stay aware of the risks and take precautions.
This short briefing gives important information on emollient safety.

4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework and Video

The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework officially launched on Monday, 17 May 2021

Click here to view the Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework

Click here to view the launch video

4LSAB Guidance on Safeguarding Adults in Commissioned Services

This guidance aims to provide a clear framework to respond to safeguarding concerns occurring in regulated NHS and Social Care settings. The framework recognises that promoting wellbeing and protecting safeguarding adults against abuse and neglect is an integral part of the commissioning and contract processes and is underpinned by the six safeguarding principles.

4LSAB Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy, Process and Guidance

The 4LSAB has developed a local Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidance which set out how local agencies will work together. The updated Policy and Guidance was published in July 2023.

4LSAB Adult Safeguarding Policy and Guidance (July 2023)

Click here to view the 4LSAB Policy and Guidance page (Hampshire SAB website)

4LSAB Multi-agency Framework for managing risk and safeguarding people moving into adulthood

This 4LSAB Framework is supported by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Partnerships covering the 4LSAB area.
The Framework aims to strengthen safeguarding support for young adults aged 18 years with pre-existing vulnerability and risk factors as they move into adulthood. It is recognised that safeguarding arrangements for young adults need to take account of their distinct safeguarding needs.

This Framework is designed to:

  • enhance and build on existing safeguarding arrangements ensuring these are relevant to safeguarding at risk young people
  • support effective partnership working and good practice in this complex and challenging area of safeguarding work

4LSAB Safeguarding Concerns Guidance

The purpose of the 4LSAB Safeguarding Concerns Guidance is to support the decision making and reporting of adult safeguarding concerns, in order to impact positively on outcomes for people with a need for care and support, who are at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect.

This framework sits alongside the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy, Process and Guidance 2020 and draws on the Care Act 2014 and accompanying statutory guidance and connects to the LGA and ADASS framework ‘Making decisions on the duty to carry out safeguarding enquiries’.

4LSAB Safeguarding Concerns Guidance (Oct 2020)

4LSAB Multi-Agency Protocol for Pressure Ulcers and Adult Safeguarding (Oct 2020)

4LSAB-Multi-Agency-Protocol-for-Falls-and-Adult-Safeguarding (Apr 2020)

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National Safeguarding Concerns Quick Guides (produced by the Local Government Association):

ADASS Supporting Carers Hub

A resource for social care teams or other organisations working to support unpaid carers in communities throughout England.

Find out more about the Supporting Carers Hub

APSP (Abuse of Position for a Sexual Purpose)

A video of an APSP awareness session, run by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary in October 2023

Click here to view the APSP session handouts

Family Approach Protocol and Toolkit

The Family Approach Protocol was jointly commissioned and developed by the 4 Safeguarding Children Boards (4LSCBs) and 4 Safeguarding Adult Boards (4LSABs) in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

The toolkit is free to access and available to all practitioners from any agency/organisation working with children, adults with care and support needs, and their families across the 4LSAB areas.

Click here to view the 4LSAB Family Approach Toolkit

Click here to view the 4LSAB Family Approach Guidance page

HSCP Toolkits

The updated Adopting a Family Approach Toolkit is now live on the HSCP website.

View all toolkits on the HSCP website

Mental Capacity

The code of practice gives guidance to people who:

  • work with people who can’t make decisions for themselves 
  • care for people who can’t make decisions for themselves 

It says what you must do when you act or make decisions on behalf of people who can’t act or make those decisions for themselves.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) says certain people must think about the code of practice when they act or make decisions on the other person’s behalf.
This includes:

  • an attorney appointed under a lasting power of attorney 
  • a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection 
  • an independent mental capacity advocate 
  • a person doing research approved in accordance with the MCA 
  • a person who acts in a professional capacity for, or in relation to, people who can’t make decisions for themselves 
  • a person who is paid to act for or in relation to people who can’t make decisions for themselves

The National MCA Competency Framework is recommended for use across all partner agencies. This Framework identifies a training pathway for different levels of staff, and includes a blended approach to training methods. It also reflects the importance of supervision to support and assess competency and confidence of staff in the application of the Mental Capacity Act.

Mental Capacity Act Tool Kit

The Mental Capacity Toolkit website is part of a wider research project funded by the Burdett Trust for Nurses.
Visit the Mental Capacity Toolkit website

Transitional Safeguarding & Why Does it Matter

Click here to watch the video: What is Transitional Safeguarding and why does it matter

This short animation is produced by Research in Practice

Tricky Friends – Isle of Wight

A short animation developed by Norfolk SAB to help people to understand what good friendships are, when they might be harmful, and what they can do.

Violence Reduction Partnership Toolkit

The Violence Reduction Partnership Toolkit aims to support professionals working with children, young people, adults and their families, and is endorsed by Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton Safeguarding Children Partnerships and Safeguarding Adult Boards.

The Toolkit is free to access and available to practitioners from any agency/organisation in the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton areas.

Click here to access the Violence Reduction Partnership Toolkit

Pressure Ulcers: How to Safeguard Adults

Guidance on how to respond to individuals at risk of developing pressure ulcers, prevent harm where they occur and raise a safeguarding concern. [Updated Jan2024]

Pressure ulcers: how to safeguard adults – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

4LSAB Multi-Agency Hoarding Guidance

Click here to view: 4LSAB Multi-Agency Hoarding Guidance 2022

Care Services Visiting Professionals Observation Tools

View the Visiting Professional Tool (Residential/Nursing Care)

View the Visiting Professional Tool (Home Care Providers)

Details of the Document and Safeguarding Protocols may be found at end of each document


  • Captures information about environment/ concerns/ staffing levels/residents are well dressed and cared for/calls bells answered etc.
  • Enables feedback to be collated in a more consistent manner and for themes to be identified, where all systems and services may need to focus activities.

Sent to, Collated by:

  • Commissioning team receives and collates information and sends out to the service the form and a rating and response if needed.  ASC Commissioning Unit ASC@IOW.GOV.UK
  • Quality team view responses when received to inform domains on the Quality matrix, which contributes to the services overall risk and quality rating.

Quality and Risk ratings inform:

  • commissioning decisions.
  • Provider improvements.
  • support work that may be required.
  • Wider system developments.

Homelessness – 4LSAB Housing Practitioner Briefing

This briefing was produced following Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) recommendations highlighting the complexities of effective engagement between professionals and people experiencing homelessness, where care and support needs may be present.
It aims to raise awareness of the responsibilities of local housing authorities (district housing departments in Hampshire and the housing departments of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton unitary authorities) and social housing providers (often referred to as housing associations or Registered Providers of Social Housing) in the context of preventing and relieving homelessness.
This briefing focuses on how partnerships can work to reduce the risks for homeless people with a safeguarding need. It should be used in conjunction with your own organisation’s policies and procedures, as well as the 4LSAB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Policy.

This section contains:

  • SAR (Safeguarding Adults Review) Reports
  • Thematic Reviews
  • Link to the National SAR Library

Local Learning Briefs

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SAR (Safeguarding Adults Review) Reports

Thematic Reviews

Neglect Thematic Review – July 2023

Safeguarding in a Pandemic

National SAR Library

The library allows practitioners to search all SARs that have been published nationally. 
The National Network has provided guidance on how to use the library and the search terms available.

Visit the National SAR library

Multi-Agency Risk Management (MARM) is an approach to managing cases relating to adults where there is a high level of risk, but the circumstances may sit outside of the statutory Adult Safeguarding framework and for which a multi-agency approach would be beneficial. The approach is key in prevention and early intervention when working with complex individuals.

The MARM framework is a 4LSAB (4 Local Safeguarding Adults Boards including Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight) approach that brings together professionals from health, social care, the police, housing and other agencies at a senior level. This could include the adult, family members and friends who have a legitimate relationship with the adult.

The Framework supports the Adult to remain at the centre of the MARM process, and will be useful to professionals working with Adults who are experiencing a high level of risk of harm from events and circumstances.

For MARM advice, help, support, guidance or training, contact:
Sarah Cooke – MARM Co-Ordinator
Telephone: 07815 007705
E-mail: sarah.cooke@iow.gov.uk
Working hours: Tuesdays 8.30am-5pm and Fridays 8.30am-4.30pm

4LSAB MARM Framework Toolkit

This 4LSAB Toolkit has been developed to support the MARM Framework and includes:

  • template letters to send out when calling a MARM meeting
  • a guide to Chairing MARMS
  • agenda and minute templates.

These documents are not mandatory but may be useful if your agency does not already have something in place.  

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Isle of Wight SAB MARM Podcast

Our podcast gives a brief overview of what a MARM is, how it relates to Safeguarding, when it should be used, what a good MARM meeting should look like, and where you can find further information if you need it.
This can be used as a training resource for both front line staff and managers, individuals or teams. This information is suitable for any agency including Adult Social Care, NHS Trust, GPs, Probation, Housing, Voluntary sector, Drug & Alcohol services, Residential or Nursing homes

Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority

Video resources from the GLAA & other external agencies: Videos – Modern slavery – Labour exploitation – GLAA

Statutory Guidance for section 49 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: how to identify and support victims: Read the statutory guidance

Send questions or comments about the guidance to: NRMReform@homeoffice.gov.uk.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership

The Modern Slavery Partnership for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is a multi-agency partnership. It is chaired and facilitated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

Governance is provided to the Modern Slavery Partnership from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Local Criminal Justice Board.

Modern Slavery Partnership – Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner (hampshire-pcc.gov.uk)

This section contains a collection of short guides on various topics.

Prevent (Counter Terrorism)

Prevent is the name given to a national strategy which aims to stop people from becoming violent extremists or supporting terrorism. The strategy forms part of the Government’s CONTEST strategy, specifying that authorities have a duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. 

Find more information on the IOW Council website.