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News Item 04/11/2021

We're Supporting Stop Adult Abuse Week 15 -19 November 2021

Free workshops on offer to practitioners this Stop Adult Abuse Week

The five Safeguarding Adult Partnership Boards across Avon and Somerset are coming together to offer free resources and workshops this Stop Adult Abuse Week (15 to 19 November).

A series of jointly held online learning events are free to access for any practitioner working with adults and families across Bristol, Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and BANES during the week-long campaign.

The Independent Chair of the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership, Ivan Powell, said: “I’m pleased the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership is working collaboratively with the other Adult Safeguarding Boards across the Avon and Somerset area to highlight the importance of safeguarding adults. This week provides an opportunity to learn more about adult safeguarding, with free webinars and resources that practitioners can use with the adults and families they work with. We are aware referrals to adult social care services have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic and there is a need to continue to work together to identify and respond to those who need our protection, help and support.”

This year’s Stop Adult Abuse Week theme is ‘Creating Safer Cultures’. Promoting safer cultures focuses on how organisations and individuals can take steps to minimise harm occurring and ensure any safeguarding concerns are recognised and responded to effectively.

Abuse exists in many different forms, such as financial abuse, exploitation, neglect and online abuse and scams. These types of abuse can happen to anyone, however those at greater risk include people whose care and support needs affect their ability to protect themselves, such as the elderly, people living with learning disabilities, mental ill-health or severe illness.

Tony Oliver, Independent Chair of South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board and North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board added: “This week is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the vulnerabilities some of the most at risk members of our communities face. I would encourage anyone who thinks that someone is being abused in any way, to report it either to adult social care or if urgent, to the police.”

Monday 15th November at 12.30pm – Emotional Health and Wellbeing BOOK HERE
Tuesday 16th November at 12.30pm – Trauma informed Practice BOOK HERE
Wednesday 17th November at 12.30pm – Gambling Awareness BOOK HERE
Thursday 18th November at 12.30pm - Exploitation of Adults BOOK HERE
Friday 19th November at 12.30pm – Safer Cultures BOOK HERE

More resources, and information about events can be found in the Stop Adult Abuse Week Newsletter.

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Safeguarding Adults Week 15 - 21 November 2021 by Ann Craft Trust

National Safeguarding Adults Week

This year Stop Adult Abuse Week is taking place in November to align with the National Safeguarding Adults week led by the Ann Craft Trust. The theme for Safeguarding Adults Week 2021 is 'Creating Safer Cultures'.

Each day there will be a focus on a specific topic to facilitate conversations around the theme of creating safer cultures. Promoting safer cultures is all about 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 safeguarding concerns that are raised, are recognised and responded to effectively.

Monday - Emotional Abuse and Safeguarding Mental Health

Tuesday - The Power of Language

Wednesday - Digital Safeguarding

Thursday - Adult Grooming

Friday - Creating Safer Organisational Cultures

More resources, and information about events can be found in the Stop Adult Abuse Week Newsletter.

If you’re concerned about someone you know in Bristol being abused or neglected call Care Direct on 0117 922 2700, or if the danger is immediate call 999.