Surrey Adult Learning supports Safeguarding Adults Week from 16 to 22 November 2020.
Safeguarding is intended to promote the welfare of children and adults, especially those who are most vulnerable, by helping to protect them from bullying, harassment, abuse of any kind, discrimination or victimisation.
Safeguarding Adults Week 2020 is an important time to remind ourselves what safeguarding means and whilst we are sharing this information today, it is something we need to be vigilant about every day.
This year the theme is:
'We all have a responsibility to be there for each other, and to look out for each other'.
There are some key themes running throughout the week. The three most relevant to Surrey Adult Learning are:
- Safeguarding and Wellbeing
- Creating Safer Places
- Adult Grooming and Exploitation
Safeguarding and Wellbeing
There's a strong link between safeguarding and mental and physical wellbeing. Learn to spot the signs that someone might not be doing so well, and don't be afraid to ask: "Are you OK?" Take a look at Mind's mental health and wellbeing hub.
Creating Safer Places
Take this opportunity to enhance your knowledge about safeguarding and consider how it applies to you in your role. How can you make a difference?
- Learn about the different types of harm and abuse
- Discover how to spot the signs
- Record any concerns you have
- Report your concerns to your safeguarding officer.
Adult Grooming and Exploitation
Grooming is a form of abuse that involves manipulating someone until they're isolated, dependent, and more vulnerable to exploitation.
When most people think about grooming, they think about children. But adults are vulnerable to grooming too. It often starts with friendship, sometimes referred to as 'mate crime'. It can take the form of online grooming, sexual abuse, financial abuse or radicalisation.
Further information and resources on Safeguarding Adults Week, including information, resources and details of Organisational abuse, Safeguarding adults in sport and activity and Understanding Safeguarding legislation can be found at Ann Care Trust.