Across Knowsley, agencies are continuing to work together to make sure that adults are protected from abuse, and reminding us all that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has been felt throughout every street and household in Knowsley, with many of us helping those in our communities facing hardship.
While there have been many uplifting examples of the overwhelming support shown to others, the pandemic has also highlighted the challenges faced by some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Being separated from family, neighbours, work colleagues and friends due to self-isolation, ‘shielding’ and social distancing can all have an impact on an individual’s mental health and wellbeing, and also increase the risks of domestic abuse, financial abuse, exploitation, neglect and self-neglect.
So at this challenging time, everyone is being reminded that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; to be even more vigilant and to report any concerns they may have regarding an adult.
Spotting the signs of abuse
Some of the signs you may spot include:
– Aggression, highly expressed emotion or repeated shouting
– Overhearing hitting or things being broken
– Adults looking uncharacteristically dishevelled or not changing their clothes
– Adults being withdrawn or anxious
– Adults behaving differently to their usual demeanour, such as avoiding conversation
These signs do not necessarily mean that abuse is taking place , but you may wish to seek advice.
Reporting your concerns
If you believe an adult is in immediate danger, you should call 999 and ask for the police. If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of an adult, please contact the Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0151 443 2600.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Services, said: “While there have been many amazing examples of people supporting each other during the Coronavirus outbreak, we know that the challenges brought by the pandemic have meant that some of our most vulnerable residents have experienced mental health issues, abuse or neglect.
“We need to ensure that our vulnerable adults are protected and safe at all times. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, so if you do have any concerns, please share them and let us help.”