Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board are encouraging people to know how to spot the signs and report any suspected abuse and neglect.
The message comes as part of Safeguarding Adults Week (16th – 22nd November), a week organised by the Ann Craft Trust to raise awareness and help people know what to do if the suspect abuse or neglect.
If you’re concerned about abuse and neglect for yourself or someone you know, there are a number of ways to get in touch with someone who can help:
- If it is an emergency dial 999
- To report a crime or potential crime to the Police you can phone the non-emergency number 101
- To report a safeguarding concern please call 01905 768053
- For safeguarding advice please phone the Adult Safeguarding Team on 01905 843189
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "Adults with care and support needs may need additional help to enable them to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
“Adult safeguarding is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, whilst respecting the wishes of the person involved.”
The Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board is a partnership of health and social care organisations, that works to promote wellbeing and help to reduce the risk of harm for people with care and support needs.
Derek Benson, the independent Chair for the Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “Safeguarding adults is everyone's business and the Board provides leadership and makes sure that everyone is playing their part. As well as raising awareness, the Board plays an important role in making sure that agencies respond appropriately to support vulnerable people.”
Safeguarding Adults Week aims to provide people with more information on safeguarding and wellbeing, adult grooming and exploitation, creating safer places, organisational abuse, safeguarding adults in sport and safeguarding in your community.
More information can be found about the awareness week on the Ann Craft Trust website.