Safeguarding week for children and adults

 26/11/2018

A week dedicated to the safeguarding of adults and children will provide important advice to the public and practitioners this week.

The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and the Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) for County Durham will drive a campaign which sees professionals come together for Safeguarding Awareness Week between Monday 26 and Friday 30 November.

The campaign, supported by Durham County Council, aims to raise awareness of safeguarding measures and offer information about how to deal with abuse, harm and neglect suffered by both adults and children.

The public can attend a two-day drop-in event at County Hall, where key safeguarding information will be available from a wealth of partners and volunteers including Durham Constabulary, Health Watch County Durham, Durham County Carers Support, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. This free event will be held on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November with no booking required.

Throughout the week, people can look out for social media messages with the hashtag #TellSomeone

To close the week, on Friday 30 November, practitioners are invited to a day of informative presentations. Topics covered include modern day slavery, counter terrorism, carers’ rights, raising the profile of prevention and early intervention, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. For a full itinerary and to book places for the Friday presentations, visit www.safeguardingdurhamadults.info/event

Gordon Elliott, Durham County Council’s head of partnerships and community engagement said: “There will be lots of valuable information given throughout the week and we hope this will help people deal with very difficult situations. Abuse, neglect and suffering can affect a whole range of people, so having such a variety of partners and volunteers in one room is important.”

Michael Banks, Independent Chair Durham LSCB said: “If every child is to flourish and achieve their full potential in life, then their safeguarding and welfare are the bedrocks on which this is built. Safeguarding Week is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of some key issues and remind us all that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. I fully support this initiative to underpin the work of our dedicated professionals, working in partnership to safeguard our children”.

Jo Farrell, Durham Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable, said: “We want to encourage everyone to have conversations about keeping children, young people and adults safe. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and working together is key.”

More information on safeguarding can be found on the LSCB and LSAB websites,
www.durham-lscb.org.uk/ and www.safeguardingdurhamadults.info/