Learn more about support to keep you safe this National Safeguarding Adults Week

Learn more about support to keep you safe this National Safeguarding Adults Week

Local Safeguarding Adults Boards highlight the support available across Southend, Essex and Thurrock for victims of abuse this National Safeguarding Adults Week.

During this year’s National Safeguarding Adults Week (15 to 21 November), Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding Adults Boards are urging residents to find out about the local support available to adults who are victims of abuse.

Abuse amongst adults can take many forms, including Modern Slavery, Cuckooing, Hate Crime, Radicalisation and Extremism and Domestic Abuse. However, there is help available from organisations such as Essex County Council’s Adult Social Care service, Essex Police, and COMPASS, for anyone who may need somewhere to turn to for help locally.

Throughout the week, the subject of safeguarding adults will be explored on the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board social media channels, with a focus on the particular issues seen within Southend, Essex and Thurrock communities each day.

The first National Safeguarding Adults Week was launched in 2018 by the Ann Craft Trust, who used the week to raise awareness of different ways in which people can be abused and neglected.

Superintendent Natalia Ross from Essex Police, said: “Essex Police is pleased to support this campaign again this year. The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Boards are a key partnership for delivering many of the priorities outlines in the Essex Police Crime Prevention strategy. This week provides a great opportunity to highlight several key safeguarding issues. It is important that we raise awareness of these serious crimes that have such a significant impact on people feeling safe within their communities.”

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “Safeguarding adults can feel like a technical subject that is only relevant to people who are especially vulnerable.  However, any one of us can be vulnerable at one time or another and so this work is relevant to everyone.  Making sure information and advice is easily available is hugely important because knowing where and how to access local support can truly make a difference to someone’s life.”

Deborah Stuart-Angus the Essex Safeguarding Adult Board’s Independent Chair said: “The overall aim of the Board is to enable adults at risk to live their lives, free from abuse or neglect and we keenly support this annual and very important campaign, to raise awareness and to raise the profile of the issues that people may face, in our County. Local people and local communities can be the eyes and the ears of prevention.’

Follow the campaign on: Twitter @SafeguardEssex and Facebook The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board. Visit the campaign webpage at www.essexsab.org.uk/NSAW2021

Jamie Langstone