Working with Adults that Self-Neglect (including hoarding) - Antser
  • Adults and Transition 16+
  • Health

Working with Adults that Self-Neglect (including hoarding)

This highly specialised course supports participants in developing a better understanding of ‘Working with Adults that Self-Neglect (including hoarding)
1 day
up to 22 people face to face
Up to 15 people remotely

Learning outcomes


  • Know what ‘self-neglect’ is, including the associated behaviours and characteristics  
  • Know what hoarding is, including some signs and symptoms 
  • Understand some of the possible causes of self-neglect and/or hoarding, including trauma 
  • Understand the experience of self-neglect and/or hoarding from the person’s perspective 
  • Understand the importance of collaboration and how to collaborate well with others 
  • Develop strategies to engage with the person 
  • Learn how to assess the risk from self-neglect and/or hoarding 
  • Know how and when to apply the Mental Capacity Act 2005 
  • Be able to determine when self-neglect and hoarding is a safeguarding issue 
  • Learn about motivational interviewing and how to apply this approach to achieve change 
  • Understand what enforcement action can be taken in extreme circumstances 


This is a one day course suitable for social work and health professionals working across all adult social care and health services.  

It would also be suitable and helpful to partner agencies, such as Housing, carers services and advocates. 

Updated for 2022, this course will support all social care and health professionals working with adults that self-neglect (including hoarding). 

 The training takes a person-centered approach throughout, focussing on how to engage with adults and adopt motivational interviewing techniques to promote change and build resilience. 

 Participants will also consider when self-neglect (including hoarding) may be a safeguarding issue, how to assess risk, how and when to use the Mental Capacity Act and how the inherent jurisdiction of the court can be sought when a person has capacity. 

 The importance of collaboration will be discussed and learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR’s) explored.  

 At the end of the day, participants will be supported to apply their learning to a range of complex case studies and reflect on different practice approaches. 

This course is delivered by our expert facilitators who will bring their first hand experience and tailor the course to suit your learning needs.


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This course includes:

  • Case studies
  • Safeguarding practice reviews
  • Group work
  • Resources

Benefits of the course:

  • Up-to-date and in line with the key legislation and guidance in the UK
  • No pre requisites needed to join this course
  • Delivery from professional and expert facilitators in the field

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