Council supports Safeguarding Week

02/10/2017, PR8661

Wakefield residents are being reminded that safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is everyone’s business ahead of Safeguarding Week, 9-13 October.

Wakefield Council and its partners are holding the week as part of its commitment to ensure children and adults in the district are safe.

The event will bring together people from different sectors, including those working in the local authority, health, education, police and voluntary organisations. The groups will share their experiences and learn more about how to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults and keep them safe from harm and exploitation.

The week launches in the city centre on Monday 9 October with an event taking place on the Cathedral precinct, Wakefield. This is open to the public and is a chance for people to come down and have a friendly and informal chat about various safeguarding topics. There are also open days at the four Children First hubs across the district which members of the public are welcome to attend.

Professionals involved with safeguarding can also attend various talks and courses. Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about a diverse range of issues such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, online safety, and perinatal mental health.

Cllr Olivia Rowley
Cllr Olivia Rowley

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: “As well as offering learning, training and advice to the people in our district who work with children and vulnerable adults, Safeguarding Week also acts as a reminder to us all to look out for the wellbeing and safety of our most vulnerable.

“We are committed to protecting people who may be at risk from all types of safeguarding issues. These can include domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, forced marriage, and missing people. Safeguarding is everyone’s business and we need everybody’s assistance to help us ensure the safeguarding of those who need it most.”

Anyone with any safeguarding concerns about a child or a vulnerable adult needs to call 0345 8 503 503. Or anyone worried about someone’s immediate safety should contact the Police by calling 999.

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