Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board reacts to Blackpool fraud case against vulnerable woman

Members of Barnsley’s Safeguarding Adults Board have been saddened by news from Preston Crown Court that more than a thousand pounds was spent on an Alzheimer’s patient’s credit card by a woman who treated herself and her friend to a break in the sun.

The HSBC card was stolen while the victim was being cared for at the Highgrove Care Home on St Annes Rd, Blackpool. The court was told Ms Kendall's mother works at the residential home.

Joanne Kendall, 26 admitted to five counts of fraud by false representation after being found in possession of the card at the home she shares with her mother on Brun Grove, Blackpool.

The elderly victim is too ill to understand what has happened.

Bob Dyson, Independent Chair of the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “This is a truly appalling case. We would like to reassure families of vulnerable people here in Barnsley, that we take the safeguarding of adults very seriously and do all we can to keep them safe from harm.

“Our People in Positions of Trust Policy (PiPoT) addresses any risk linked to family members employed in care settings, and comes into effect if a worker or volunteer is alleged to have caused harm or posed a risk of harm or abuse to an adult at risk. This could be in a work role or as a volunteer outside of paid employment  Concerns relating to family members causing harm would be addressed by our safeguarding policies which can be found on www.barnsley.gov.uk/safeguardingadults.

“The PiPoT policy assesses the risks of the relationship and possible further abuse using information from the police/employer and other sources to develop a risk management plan which may include disciplinary, criminal action and/or referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service, the organisation which helps employers make safer recruitment decisions.

“The risk assessment would take account of the vulnerability of the adult if they lack the capacity to make their own decision due to illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.

“We urge anyone who is concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a vulnerable adult to contact 01226 773300.”

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