Council supports Safeguarding Week

18/06/2018, PR8825

Keeping children and vulnerable adults safe is everyone’s business - that’s the message from Wakefield Council for Safeguarding Week, which starts on 25 June.

Wakefield city centre

​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 aims to raise awareness of safeguarding to the public as well as bringing together people from different sectors, including those working in the local authority, health, education, police and voluntary organisations to share their knowledge and experience.

The week's event will be launched on Monday 25 June with an event from 9am to 1pm at the Cathedral precinct, in Wakefield city centre, which everyone is welcomed 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. There will also be a public event in Castleford town centre on Friday 29 June which will be attended by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commission (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson.

During the week there will be opportunities for professionals involved with safeguarding to attend various talks and courses on topics such as child sexual exploitation, online safety, mental health and domestic violence.

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: "Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults is a matter for everyone in our district. We all need to be aware of what to look out for, and how to report our concerns if we spot possible signs of abuse."

Cllr Pat Garbutt, 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 our most vulnerable, who may be at risk from a whole range of serious issues including domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect and forced marriage. We all have a responsibility to ensure we play our part in protecting those at risk from abuse."

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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