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Raising awareness of how to keep adults safe in Shropshire

The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network will be hosting a range of activities from 18 to 24 November, in support of National Safeguarding Adults Week 2019.

The annual campaign, led by the Ann Craft Trust, aims to promote the importance of safeguarding the health and well being of adults, particularly those with needs for care and support across the UK.

The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network will be supporting the week locally by:

  • Launching a “Know Your Rights” campaign to encourage organisations in Shropshire to start a conversation with:
    o Adults who use their services,
    o Family members,
    o Staff and volunteers

The ‘Know Your Rights’ conversation will focus on ensuring that all parties are able to understand the rights of adults who use services and more importantly, that adults are enabled to uphold and challenge organisations when they do not feel they are being respected.
The campaign includes a Know your Rights guide and toolkit which has been developed in collaboration with partners* and is available on line for individuals and organisations.

  • Hosting their annual Adult Safeguarding Awareness 2019 Conference on Wednesday 20 November at the Barnabas Community Centre in Shrewsbury. The joint event with Telford Safeguarding Partnership, focuses on Domestic Abuse, Adult Safeguarding and Older People and is aimed at staff and volunteers across organisations in Shropshire and Telford to raise awareness of older people who are at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse.

As well as any local initiatives that week there will be a national push on the following topics:

  • Modern Slavery
  • Self-Neglect
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Transforming Care
  • Safeguarding adults in sport and activity

Ivan Powell Chair of The Keeping Adults Safe Network said;
“I am pleased to be supporting National Safeguarding Adults Week which helps us to continue to raise the awareness of adult safeguarding among all the citizens of Shropshire. This presents the Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership and the Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network with the opportunity to celebrate and promote the positive work that organisations are doing day in and day out.

“We work in partnership to ensure that we can support and promote people to live as independently and safely as they can throughout their lives, and to ensure that adults are kept safe from the risk or experience of abuse or neglect.

“During the week I would like to encourage organisations to make use of our Know Your Rights campaign and have a conversation about how they are upholding the rights of our citizens when they need to access their services. I’m also looking forward to our partnership event with our neighbouring Safeguarding Partnership in Telford which this year has a particular focus on domestic abuse and older people.”

If you have a concern or want to talk to someone about an adult who is or might be being abused or neglected, it is better to talk to someone sooner rather than later.

You can call Shropshire Council First Point of Contact on 0345 678 9044.