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Self Neglect & Adult Safeguarding: Responding to Self Neglect & Hoarding

Thu, 19 Sep 2024

Virtual, Online

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Self-neglect can be a complex and challenging issue for practitioners because of the need to find the balance between respecting a person’s autonomy and fulfilling a duty to protect the adult’s health and well-being.

This conference which features extended interactive sessions focuses on the difficult issue of self neglect and adult safeguarding and includes an extended focus on hoarding. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended interactive group work the conference will cover self-neglect, meeting the statutory safeguarding guidance, safeguarding people who self-neglect: the evidence and what works, developing guidance for professionals when dealing with self-neglect and resistance to engage with services, an extended session on hoarding, and an extended session on dealing with the underlying causes of self-neglect working in partnership with people who are self-neglecting in a multi disciplinary way. The conference will also focus on the increasing issue of loneliness and social isolation in older people which evidence shows can contribute to self neglect.

“In a national review of Safeguarding Adult Reviews, self-neglect was the most common category of abuse of all cases, featuring in 45% of such reviews.”

Court of Protection Project, Ian Brownhill, January 2024

“Self-neglect is used to describe a wide range of behaviours which relate to neglect to care for one’s own personal hygiene, health or surroundings. The person themselves may not recognise the impact of their behaviour or may not use the same terminology to describe their own situation. Ultimately, self-neglect becomes a cause for concern where there are serious risks identified to an individual’s health, wellbeing or lifestyle. Self-neglect may take the form of a neglect of nutrition or hydration, or behaviours such as hoarding... Practitioners should review each experience on a case by case basis and remain curious to whether incidents are one-off or multiple, affects the people around an individual, and whether there are any patterns of harm that may be an indication of other types of abuse or poor mental health. Some of these patterns of harm may also indicate a case of organisational abuse if instances of poor care are recurring or seem to affect multiple people in an organisation. It is important to share information with system partners if this is suspected, particularly in the CCG or ICS in future and the CQC where this is relevant.”

Revisiting Safeguarding Practice Guidance Department of Health and Social Care

The conference will provide an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on the challenges of Covid-19 in managing self neglect

  • Understand the latest evidence about what works in managing self neglect

  • Learn and reflect on serious case reviews involving self neglect

  • Reflect on what we can do to reduce loneliness and social isolation which will in turn reduce self neglect

  • Managing risk and support a strengths based way of working to work together to identify meaningful solutions

  • Understand hoarding behaviour and the psychological / mental health issues associated with Hoarding

  • Share experiences and learning with other colleagues around working on difficult self-neglect cases through interactive facilitated group work

  • Self assess and improve your local guidance for professionals when dealing with self-neglect and resistance to engage with services

  • Reflect on professional decision making with regard to capacity and unwise decisions vs unacceptable risk?

  • Explore responses to Hoarding and how this fits with in the self neglect safeguarding response

  • Understand issues of Mental Capacity, Choice and Autonomy when responding to self neglect concerns and resistance to service engagement

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Prof Suzy Braye

Emerita Professor of Social Work
University of Sussex

Mrs Cath Erine

Adult Safeguarding Board Manager
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Prof Michael Preston-Shoot

Emeritus Professor of Social Work
University of Bedfordshire

Mr Ben Troke


Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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