This week, the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB) is supporting the Ann Craft Trust (ACT) National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (Nov 16 - 22).
People across the nation are being urged to join councils, police, charities, and agencies in raising awareness of abuse, how to recognise it, report it and get support.
Each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding theme:
Monday – Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Tuesday – Adult Grooming and Exploitation
Wednesday – Understanding Safeguarding Legislation
Thursday – Creating Safer Places
Friday – Organisational Abuse
Saturday – Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity
Sunday – Safeguarding in your Community
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.
Abuse can come in many forms, including:
- physical abuse
- domestic abuse
- sexual abuse
- psychological abuse
- financial or material abuse
- modern slavery
- discriminatory abuse
- organisational abuse
- neglect and acts of omission self-neglect
- forced honour-based violence
- hate crime
- mate crime.
Abuse can happen once or on several occasions and abusers can be relatives, carers or even strangers.
The Ann Craft Trust has produced a toolkit of resources including fact sheets, case studies, posters and social media icons to enable people to support the campaign, which encourages people to think about what they would do if they were concerned about someone.
We all have a responsibility to look after each other
Suzanne Westhead, Deputy Chair of the KMSAB, said: “We all have a shared responsibility to look after each other which has never been more important than during the pandemic, particularly this period of lockdown. It is vital that we are all aware of the signs of abuse, in its many forms and how to support each other and get help.
"As a board, it is our job to work with organisations across Kent and Medway to ensure adults at risk are safeguarded effectively and to share learning through Safeguarding Adult Reviews. To protect adults at risk, we want people to feel they can and should report things which worry them and know what sort of information social services need in order to act.”
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If anyone knows or suspects a crime, contact the police on 101, or if a crime is taking place, call 999.
Adult abuse. See it, report it, stop it.