National Safeguarding Adults Week runs from 18th – 24th November.
During the awareness week, information hubs will be stationed across Wirral and several Merseyside authorities in community spaces, open to members of the public.
The pop-ups, organised in conjunction with Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB), will promote safeguarding awareness and information to the people of Wirral.
Safeguarding refers to measures designed to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals. These measures allow children, young people and adults at risk to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.
Graham Hodkinson, Director for Adult Care and Health in Wirral, said: “I’m pleased to announce that Wirral will take part in this Merseyside-wide effort to raise awareness of safeguarding, its strengths and, also, the realities of its difficulties.
“With access to information and advice on safeguarding, members of the public can educate themselves on the issues and help to make our borough, a safe place for all.”
As part of the exercise, trained staff at each venue will be on hand to answer questions about safeguarding adults, in addition to offering advice and distributing relevant information.
During the week members of Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board will also visit agencies across the region to gauge how adult safeguarding is being developed in different areas, to share and take note of best practice and to speak to individuals and staff who are affected by safeguarding adults.
Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, formed in 2017, is made up of the four former safeguarding adults boards from Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.
It is a statutory body which includes senior managers from local NHS, local authority and Merseyside Police alongside members from other emergency services, probation services and the voluntary sector.
The board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that adults in Merseyside, who may be at risk, are able to live fulfilling lives, free from abuse and neglect.
Sue Redmond, Chair of Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “By supporting the national awareness week, we as a board are hopeful that we can raise awareness of safeguarding in Merseyside communities, and the roles that everyone can play in preventing abuse and neglect.
“We are 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.”
Members of the public can access safeguarding information at the following events across Wirral:
- Tuesday 19th November - Wallasey Town Hall (Seacombe OSS)
- Wednesday 20th November - Arrowe Park Hospital – Information bank
- Thursday 21st November - Bebington One Stop Shop service, within the Central Library
- Friday 22nd November - St Catherine’s Birkenhead
The key messages of Merseyside’s Safeguarding week will be:
- Everyone should be able to live free from abuse and neglect
- Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business
- Everyone should be involved in decisions that affect them