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National Safeguarding Adults Week

by Nicola Appleton

This week (16-20 November 2020) is National Safeguarding Adults Week aiming to raise awareness of adult abuse and the role we can all play in helping to prevent it.

There are many different types of abuse including domestic, physical and financial abuse, modern slavery and exploitation, psychological and emotional abuse, neglect, self-neglect, radicalisation, sexual abuse, ‘honour-based’ violence, discrimination and hate crime.

As part of National Safeguarding Adults Week, Knowsley Council’s Safeguarding and Quality Improvement Service are hosting a number of online sessions to raise the profile of adult abuse.

Key issues throughout the week will be highlighted including cuckooing (when people – predominantly drug dealers  take over a vulnerable person’s home and use it as a base for their criminal activities), how to prevent get caught up in scams which often are targeted at vulnerable people and coercive control.

The aim of the week is to highlight that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If you have any concerns about an adult that you believe are at risk, please contact the Knowsley Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0151 443 2600 (24 hours).

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“Everyone has a part to play in ensuring our residents are safe. Whilst the Council and other agencies can take action, we need to ensure that any safeguarding concerns are being reported to us.

Knowsley Council (along with Sefton, Liverpool and Wirral Councils) is a member of the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board. The Board was formed in 2017 and consists of senior managers from local NHS, local authorities and Merseyside Police, alongside members from other emergency services, probation services and the voluntary sector.

Its 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.

In addition to the Knowsley MASH you can visit www.merseysidesafeguardingadultsboard.co.uk for advice and contact details.

You can read more about the different types of abuse, and learn more about what safeguarding is, here.