Staff and local healthcare workers are being encouraged to get involved in National Safeguarding Adults Week (18-24 November 2019) by the six Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. They hope that talking openly about safeguarding adults can help to raise awareness of this important subject.
Safeguarding means protecting a citizen’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care. Safeguarding children, young people and adults is a collective responsibility of the NHS and Local Authority. Adults such as those receiving care in their own home, people with physical, sensory and mental impairments, and those with learning disabilities are most at risk and National Safeguarding Adults Week is a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults – so we can be better, together.
Lisa Bates, Designated Nurse for Adult Safeguarding at the Staffordshire CCGs said: “National Safeguarding Adults Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness around adult safeguarding among healthcare workers.
“Over the course of the week, we are encouraging staff to speak freely about their responsibilities in safeguarding adults at risk. We hope that this will lead to an open dialogue where staff feel comfortable asking questions and raising any concerns they have around safeguarding.”
Ann Craft Trust – the charity behind the awareness week – have a number of resources available to guide staff through their discussions and to provide further information.
This year, the six CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are collaborating with the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board (SSASPB) by holding stands. These information stalls will help raise awareness of the campaign and will cover a variety of issues, including:
- Modern slavery
- Domestic abuse
- Transforming care
- Safeguarding adults in sport and activity.
Lisa added: “I would encourage local staff and even members of the public to come along to one of our events where they can find out more about the campaign, how we’re doing our bit and how they too can get involved.”
The stalls will be held in the foyer at Smithfield One Building, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4FA on Tuesday 19 November from 9am to 3pm and at Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2LP on Thursday, 21 November from 9am until 3pm.
To find out more about National Safeguarding Adults Week and to view the resources available, visit the Ann Craft Trust’s website. You can also keep up to date with all of the campaign activity by following the hashtag #SafeguardingAdultsWeek on Twitter.