PROFESSIONALS from the private and public sectors were given an invaluable insight into the challenges of protecting the elderly and vulnerable at a conference hosted by regional law firm Tollers.
The day-long event, Tollers Safeguarding and Redress Conference, gave delegates an opportunity to hear experts share their latest thinking about safeguarding individuals.
The event, at Whittlebury Hall Conference and Training Centre, near Towcester, is thought to be the first for a regional law firm and was held just weeks prior to The Care Act coming into force on 1 April.
Speakers included Andrew Parker, Office of the Public Guardian, Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister of 39 Essex Street Chambers and Gary Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of Action Against Elder Abuse.
There was further input from Tom Kings, Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolutions at Tollers, who specialises in Trust and Probate claims and Chartered Legal Executive Veronica Male who specialises in care home neglect and abuse claims and has joined the Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit at Tollers.
Experienced lawyer Karon Walton, Head of the Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit at Tollers, chaired the event, which brought together representatives from local authorities at a county and district level and charities including the Northamptonshire Carers Association. Lawyers from other regional firms were also able to take the opportunity to hear about safeguarding vulnerable individuals.
Karon, whose work includes contentious Court of Protection and Power of Attorney disputes, said: "Like many people who were at the conference I work on the frontline so see first-hand the distress that can be caused. We wanted to highlight the issues and encourage people to be vigilant and aware of what can be done if they suspect abuse where it be physically, psychologically and or financial.
"The feedback from the delegates has been very positive and we hope it gave them greater confidence to identify and stop abuse, how to protect vulnerable people and information on safeguarding under The Care Act."
The conference is the latest initiative for the law firm, which values its partnerships and opportunities to support the local community. Its network of offices includes Milton Keynes, Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Stevenage and Kempston.
More information about the firm's extensive services including plans for future events is available at www.tollers.co.uk
To speak to Karon and the Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit call 01604 258558.