We have formed the Vulnerable Adult Multi-Agency Panel (VAMA) in partnership with other organisations to consider cases of adults who remain at high risk of harm despite previous intervention efforts.
The panel includes representation from Richmond's adult social, housing and mental health services, as well as the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade.
The purpose of the panel is to ensure that multi-agency communication and information sharing takes place on a regular basis and to support professionals and their managers in managing the most challenging and concerning cases.
The aims of the panel are:
You can download our terms of reference(pdf, 233KB) for a clearer understanding of how the Panel works.
One of the key changes in the Care Act with regard to safeguarding is to give consideration to ‘self-neglect’ as a form of adult abuse or neglect and to open a statutory enquiry on a ‘case by case’ basis. The role of the panel is to discuss all available options for increasing the safety of the adult at risk and to develop a coordinated action plan.
An adult may be considered as self-neglecting and therefore may be at risk of harm if they are:
The panel will consider cases that have, or are in the process of, being considered within the risk assessment process of any partner agency and there is a significant risk arising from:
To make a referral to the VAMA panel, you must download and complete our VAMA Panel referral form (MS Word, 57 KB). You must then email the completed form to Referrals.VAMultiAgencyPanel@richmond.gov.uk.
The document is designed to be a quick read summary of the identified needs and risks to the person and potential others.
A pre-agreed password will be used to secure the attached document(s) and is available on request.
Updated: 11 December 2017