Wolverhampton’s Safeguarding Together partnership is highlighting the steps people can take to help someone at risk from abuse and neglect during Safeguarding Adults Week which begins today (Monday 15 November, 2021).

This awareness raising campaign aims to give people the information and confidence they need to spot and report abuse of adults who are not able to care for or support themselves. 

For concerns about adults, please call 01902 551199. Out of office hours, please call 01902 552999 and in an emergency, always dial 999. 

Sally Roberts, Chair of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together Executive group, said: “Safeguarding is everyone's business, and national Safeguarding Adults Week is an opportunity for us to highlight the vitally important role we all have to play in helping keep vulnerable people safe.

“The message is clear; if you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of any adult, or any child, you must share your concerns so that the person at risk is able to live their life free from abuse or neglect.”

Throughout the week, Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together will be using its social media channels – Twitter and Facebook - to highlight a range of key issues including mental health and safeguarding, how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect, highlighting the roles we can all play in safeguarding vulnerable people from abuse and neglect, the issue of exploitation and grooming of adults, and creating safer cultures in organisations.

Safeguarding Adults Week activities in Wolverhampton will include an online exploitation awareness session on Thursday (18 November) from 2pm to 4pm – to book a place, please visit Eventbrite. There are also sessions on how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect on Thursday (18 November) from 7pm to 8pm and Friday (19 November) from 10am to 11am; to book a place, please visit Eventbrite.

Abuse is mistreatment by any other person which violates the victim’s human and civil rights. It can happen anywhere – at home or in residential care, hospital, in the workplace, at a day centre or educational establishment, in supported housing or in the street. Abuse can take many forms such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, financial or material abuse, discriminatory abuse, organisational abuse, modern slavery, domestic abuse, neglect or acts of omission, and self neglect.

Councillor Linda Leach, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "We want everyone in Wolverhampton to know how to spot the signs of abuse or neglect in adults who need care or support, whether because of a disability, dementia, mental ill health or substance misuse and, just as importantly, how they can go about reporting any concerns they may have so that agencies can provide the right support at the right time." 

For more information about the work visit Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together

National Safeguarding Adults Week is co-ordinated by the Ann Craft Trust and is taking place from 15 to 21 November, 2021. For more details please visit National Safeguarding Adults Week.