across Liverpool will be coming together next week to raise awareness of abuse
against vulnerable adults.
is National Safeguarding Adults Week, led by charity the Ann Craft Trust, and teams from Liverpool, as well as
three other Merseyside boroughs, will be out and about answering questions
about safeguarding and giving advice and information.
3,863 safeguarding concerns were raised via Liverpool City Council, and 73 per
cent of them progressed to a safeguarding enquiry. The most reported form of
abuse in the city is neglect, accounting for 39 per cent of concerns, with 30
per cent of concerns raised about incidents that took place in the alleged
there has been a combined safeguarding board across the Merseyside boroughs of
Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral., involving the local authorities, the
NHS, emergency services and other organisations that support and offer advice
to vulnerable adults.
teams will be at these venues
18 November, 10am-3pm – City centre one-stop shop, St Johns Market
19 November, 10am-3pm – Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
20 November, 10am-3pm – City centre one-stop shop, St Johns Market
22 November, 10am-3pm – Toxteth Town Hall, 15 High Park Street, L8 8DX
Farran, director, Adult Services and Health,
Liverpool City Council, said: “Keeping adults safe, particularly those who are vulnerable, is
something we take very seriously. Any concerns that are raised are looked at
carefully and the person is treated with dignity and respect.
Safeguarding Adults Week is an important opportunity to raise awareness of what
abusive behaviour can be. We all know that physical or sexual abuse or domestic
violence is wrong but everyone needs to be able recognise other behaviours that
threaten people’s safety and well-being such as financial abuse or neglect.
“The more we
all understand, the better we will recognise abusive behaviour and the safer
everyone in our community will be.”
chair of Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “By supporting the national awareness
week, we are hopeful that we can raise awareness of safeguarding in Merseyside
communities, and the role that everyone can play in preventing abuse and
supporting staff across our constituent local authorities in highlighting these
issues through public venues throughout the week.
“If, by our
collective efforts, we are successful in better safeguarding even a small
number of people across Merseyside, I feel it will have been worth it. As such,
we aim to reach a wide range of people from all backgrounds and ages to say
that safeguarding is everyone’s business.”
Concerns about safeguarding that are not emergencies can be raised by contacting Careline, Liverpool City Council’s social care contact centre, on 0151 233 3800.