Wakefield Council holds Safeguarding Week
Ref: PR 8372
Wakefield Council and its partners are to hold a Safeguarding Week as part of its commitment to ensure children and adults in the district are safe.
The event from October 17– 21 will bring together people from different sectors, including those working in health, education, the police and voluntary organisations, to share their experiences and learn more about how to protect vulnerable children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm and exploitation.
The launch event is at Wakefield Town Hall (on Monday October 17) with other talks and courses taking place in locations across the district .Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about a diverse range of issues such as how to spot the signs of abuse and domestic abuse, understanding more about emotional health and wellbeing, and the impact of trauma on a child.
Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: "It is very important that people who work with children and vulnerable adults in our district come together to learn more Safeguarding so that everyone feels well informed and empowered to protect children and vulnerable adults."
Research shows that a third of people who suspect a child is being abused do nothing about it, because they fear they may be wrong. People are being reminded to report their concerns.
Cllr Rowley added: "People don't have to be absolutely certain about their suspicions. If they have a feeling that something is not right, they should talk in confidence to the Council's children social care team who can look into it. Social workers always look at a variety of evidence, not just one source when looking into concerns about a child. "
Possible signs of abuse or neglect include:
• Appearance – such as frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or a parent regularly collecting children from school when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Behaviour - such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired.
• Communication – such as sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information, or being overly obedient.
Anyone with any concerns about a child or a vulnerable adult needs to call: 0345 8 503 503 and for further information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/tackleabusetogether
Anyone worried about a child's immediate safety should contact the Police by calling 999.