As part of the National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (15-21 November), the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB) is calling on organisations and individuals across the region to help raise awareness of how to spot the signs of adult abuse and to report concerns effectively.
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.
From Monday 15th November 2021, the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB) is supporting the Ann Craft Trust National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (Nov 15 – 21), 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 Creating Safer Cultures 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 – Emotional Abuse and Safeguarding Mental Health
Tuesday – The Power of Language
Wednesday – Digital Safeguarding
Thursday – Adult Grooming and the Ann Craft Trust ‘Grooming and Exploitation Conference’
Friday – Creating Safer Organisational Cultures
Saturday and Sunday – Safeguarding and You
Andy Rabey, Chair of the KMSAB said: “Creating safer cultures through awareness raising and early interventions are vitally important ways in which we can help to prevent the abuse of vulnerable adults. We can build a safer culture for all by ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place so that safeguarding concerns when raised are recognised and responded to effectively.
“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.”
The Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board has utilised the Ann Craft Trust resources to put together a KMSAB Media Pack, where resources specifically for Kent and Medway organisations can be found. For further information visit: https://www.kmsab.org.uk/p/professionals/saaw
For information on the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board and how to report abuse, visit https://www.kmsab.org.uk
For more information on the Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week visit: https://www.anncrafttrust.org/events/national-safeguarding-adults-week-2021
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Notes to Editors:
In 2020/21, a total of 10,798 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. Andy Rabey, Independent Chair of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board is available for interviews week commencing 15 November 2021. To secure an interview, contact email@example.com
The Ann Craft Trust
The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is a national charity which exists to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk. Through pioneering training, practice reviews and contributing to world-leading research, we support organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise the risk of harm.
We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
Everyone deserves to be safe.