Published: Monday, 21st November 2022

This National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board is calling on organisations and individuals across the region to help raise awareness of adult abuse.

Whether it’s a sudden change in the appearance or behaviour of a friend or family member or concerns about an aspect of someone’s care in a residential home or hospital, such information could be vital in helping authorities protect adults from exploitation and abuse.

In 2021/22, a total of 13,279 safeguarding concerns were raised across Kent and Medway. We want to raise awareness on how to spot the signs of abuse and how to report concerns.

From today, (Monday, 21 November) the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB) is supporting the Ann Craft Trust National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (November 21 - 27), a time for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important adult safeguarding issues. The aim is to highlight these, facilitate conversations and to raise awareness of safeguarding best practice.

This year the theme is ‘Responding to Contemporary Safeguarding Challenges’ and covers how organisations and individuals can take steps to minimise harm occurring in the first instance, whilst simultaneously ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place so that any safeguarding concerns raised, are recognised, and responded to effectively.

Each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding theme:

  • Monday – Exploitation and County Lines
  • Tuesday – Self-Neglect
  • Wednesday – Creating Safer Organisational Cultures
  • Thursday – Elder Abuse
  • Friday – Domestic Abuse in Tech-Society
  • Saturday and Sunday – Safeguarding in Everyday Life

Raising awareness is vital

Andy Rabey, Chair of the KMSAB said: “Responding to Contemporary Safeguarding Challenges through awareness raising and early interventions are vitally important ways in which we can help to prevent the abuse of vulnerable adults. We can respond to these challenges by ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place so that safeguarding concerns when raised are recognised and responded to effective.

“We all have a shared responsibility to look after each other and it is crucial that we are all aware of the signs of abuse, in its many forms and how to support each other to get help.”

Find out more about the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board and how to report abuse.

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