13 November will see the start of National Safeguarding Week 2017 and in this article we would like to highlight that Safeguarding from abuse of whatever nature is “everyone’s business, everyone’s concern and everybody’s responsibility.”
The theme for this year’s Safeguarding week is “Resilience and Mental Health” and acting on what we see and hear going on around us may be a big step in helping someone’s mental health and making them more resilient to abuse in the future.
“What abuse are we talking about?”
Abuse can be against both adults and children and can can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, racial or financial. It could be something that makes a person frightened or upset. It could also mean taking away their right to choose or taking advantage of them by stealing or making them pay for everything – even though they appear friends.
“How can I help?”
You can help by either reporting it yourself or encouraging victims to report. You can report concern about an adult on 01978 298248 or about a child on 292039. If it is out of office hours call 0345 0533116 for either adults or children
If someone is in immediate danger call the police.
Concerns will be taken as seriously as “facts” and will be looked into to see if a full investigation is required.
Cllr Joan Lowe, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Abuse takes all forms and can be against both adults and children, against those who are clearly vulnerable and sometimes against those who appear more resilient than most. We are all aware of it but don’t necessarily feel able to do something about it. We’d like to raise your awareness of what you can do and what advice you can give to anyone you know who is suffering abuse and needs help.”
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