The Buckinghamshire Council is promoting awareness of what people should do if they have concerns about another individual, as well as encouraging everyone in the county to do their part to keep an eye out for elderly or vulnerable adults who may be at risk.
National Safeguarding Adults Week will take place from Monday, November 20, to Friday, November 24, 2023. It brings together individuals and organisations to address various subjects within this year’s theme, which is ‘taking care of yourself and others.’
Its goal is to highlight critical safeguarding concerns, spark debates, and improve knowledge of safeguarding best practise.
During this week, representatives of the council’s Safeguarding Adults team and workers from other council departments will be visiting town centres around the county to meet with residents, offer support, and share advice on how to report concerns if you are concerned about a friend, relative, or colleague. The meetings will take place as part of the Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week.
Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing on the Buckinghamshire Council, Angela Macpherson, stated that “everyone deserves to live a happy life in a safe place, free from harm and neglect. We are all too aware of the unfortunate reality that abuse occurs. According to the data that we have collected so far for the fiscal year 2022/23, we have received little over 12,000 reports of suspected cases of abuse and neglect involving adults who live in Buckinghamshire. We are dedicated to assisting all adults in leading a life that is free from violence and can bring them joy. To be able to do this, we require your assistance. The message that we want to convey to people is this: if you see something, say something, or do something about it. Please get in touch with us so that we can assist you if you have any concerns regarding a person you know or something you’ve seen in the event that you have any suspicions regarding it.”
Because of this, organisations are encouraged to think about what “wellbeing” means to them as well as to the individuals they support.
In addition to this, it investigates different approaches that might be taken to improve the health and happiness of staff members, volunteers, and the individuals that they assist.
SOURCE: Buckinghamshire council