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Safeguarding is everyone’s business

Published: 28 October 2020

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Find out how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect

We all have a right to be safe from harm and abuse and everyone has a role to play in safeguarding, never more so than during the Covid-19 pandemic, when people with care and support needs may be particularly isolated.

Safeguarding Adults Week 2020, which runs from 16 to 22 November, aims to raise awareness of the forms abuse or neglect can take, the potential signs it's happening and the actions we should take in response.

Seven key themes will be explored throughout the week, beginning with the link between safeguarding and wellbeing. If someone's wellbeing is suffering, they may consider certain actions that put them at risk. Keeping your wellbeing in check and looking out for the wellbeing of friends, family and others can help prevent this.

The risks of adult grooming will be highlighted - a form of abuse that involves manipulating someone until they're isolated, dependent and more vulnerable to exploitation. More about how this happens can be found on the Ann Craft Trust website.

The week will also aim to demystify safeguarding laws and will highlight how everyone has their own part to play in safeguarding.

There will also be a focus on organisational abuse – which is neglect and poor care practice in a specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, or even someone's own home – as well as on safeguarding adults in sport and activity and in the community.

For more information about Safeguarding Adults Week, visit the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board Website.

Support is available to adults at risk of abuse or neglect, who because of a disability, care and support needs or poor physical or mental health, are unable to manage that risk. If you are in that situation or suspect someone else may be, please report it. Find out how on our Report concerns of adult abuse and harm web page.

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