Sara leaves her abusive boyfriend and is given accommodation at a shelter for the homeless.  Can the relevant agencies successfully work with Sara – a heroin addict and facing a partial leg amputation – before she becomes “lost in the system”?
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Domestic Abuse, Coercive control, Vulnerability, Safeguarding adults, Multi-agency working
  • Guidance for swearing and drugs references

Level of Complexity: Intermediate
  • Differentiation applies depending on the audience
  • Trainer to develop the questions accordingly

Video Synopsis

  • Adult leaves her abusive boyfriend and finds temporary accommodation in a homeless shelter
  • Addicted to heroin, she also faces a partial leg amputation
  • Adult feels a disconnect between her needs and the various agencies’ suggestions for her
  • Adult leaves the hostel without knowing where she can go

Issues Covered

  • Drug Use
  • Homelessness
  • Toxic Trio

  • To identify safeguarding issues and the importance of inter-agency communication.
  • To describe good quality support for Sara
  • To recognise the different vulnerabilities for Sara
  • To recognise appropriate response to DVA disclosure
  • To recognise empathy and listening skills
  • To discuss self-neglect issues in relation to safeguarding Sara

  • How do we demonstrate multi-agency working?
  • How do we recognize additional vulnerabilities (Toxic Trio)?
  • Which support services would you use/utilize?
  • Does Sara need an advocate?  If so who?
  • How do we document evidence and share information whilst keeping the service user engaged?

Target Audience:

  • Teachers
  • Adult Social Care
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Police – Safeguarding Officers
  • Police Community support officers
  • Voluntary and Community based groups inc. drugs workers
  • Youth workers
  • General Practitioners
  • Elected Members
  • Mental Health services
  • Housing staff

Useful For:

  • Conference
  • One to one
  • Group training
  • Awareness Event
  • Supervision sessions

Training Suggestions:

  • Coercive control training/ discussion
  • Multi-Agency conferencing
  • Information-sharing protocols
  • Self-neglect discussion/training

Useful Links

For Further Support

  • Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Domestic Abuse trainers
  • Specialist Domestic Abuse Support Services
  • Drug & Alcohol Support Services