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Information hubs promote safeguarding of adults

by Laura Johnston

‘Safeguarding is everyone’s business’ that’s the message from an initiative to highlight the importance of safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect.

During National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (18 to 22 November) a number of pop-up information hubs will be created across Knowsley to promote awareness of safeguarding and encourage people to report their concerns.

The pop-ups, organised by Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB), will feature trained staff who will be on hand to answer questions, offer advice and distribute relevant information.

The information hubs are at:

  • Huyton – Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton.  Monday 18 to Friday 22 November 10am to 3pm
  • Kirkby – St Chad’s Health Centre, St Chad’s Drive, Kirkby.  Tuesday 19 November 10am to 12.30pm
  • Tower Hill Primary Care Resource Centre, Ebony Way, Kirkby. Thursday 21 November 10am to 12:30pm
  • Halewood – The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood. Wednesday 20 November and Friday 22 Nov 10am to 12:30pm
  • Whiston – Foyer at Whiston Hospital, Warrington Road, Whiston. Monday 18 Nov 10am to 12.30pm

Julie Moss, Knowsley Council’s Executive Director, Health and Social Care, said: ‘I’m pleased to announce that Knowsley will take part in this Merseyside-wide effort to raise awareness of safeguarding.  We want to encourage our residents to report any concerns about abuse and neglect so we can work together to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community feel safe.”

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, formed in 2017, is made up of the four former Safeguarding Adults Boards from Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

It is a statutory body which includes senior managers from local NHS, local authority and Merseyside Police alongside members from other emergency services, probation services and the voluntary sector.

The board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that adults in Merseyside, who may be at risk, are able to live fulfilling lives, free from abuse and neglect.

During the week members of the board will also visit agencies across the region to gauge how adult safeguarding is being developed in different areas, to share and take note of best practice and to speak to individuals and staff who are affected by safeguarding adults.