Wakefield Council set to support Safeguarding Week

18/06/2019, PR-9086

Wakefield city centre

​Safeguarding really is 'Everyone's Business' - that's the message from Wakefield Council for Safeguarding Week, which starts on 24 June.

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

Safeguarding Week will be launched on Monday 24 June with an event from 9am to 1pm at the Cathedral precinct, in Wakefield city centre, which everyone is welcome to attend. It's a chance for people to come down and have a friendly and informal chat about various safeguarding topics with different organisations including the local authority, health, education, police and voluntary groups.

During the week there will also be other opportunities for professionals involved with safeguarding to attend various talks and courses on topics such as County Lines, financial exploitation and abuse, mental health, domestic violence and online safety.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: "Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults is something we should all be aware of and all our residents need to be aware of what to look out for, and how to report our concerns if they spot possible signs of abuse."

Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: "Safeguarding Week is very important as it acts as a reminder to look out for the wellbeing and safety of the most vulnerable people in our district who may be at risk from a whole range of serious issues. We all have a responsibility to ensure we play our part in protecting those at risk from abuse."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "This week is a great opportunity to champion one of our collective core aims, safeguarding our communities and helping to keep people safe. Safeguarding Week provides a real platform to raise awareness and celebrate achievements but also to identify gaps and continue to strive to improve our services.

"Safeguarding really is everyone's business and I would urge anyone to get involved and contact their local authority to see what is on offer. Specifically to learn about protecting themselves and others, and most importantly familiarise themselves with the support services that are there for them if and when they need them."

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.

To find out what courses and events are on offer or for more information, visit www.wakefieldlscb.org.uk or follow @Wakefield_LSCB on Twitter.

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