Raising awareness of the many forms of abuse of adults with care and support needs is at the centre of a week-long campaign by the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) – marking this year’s National Safeguarding Adults Week (16 to 22 November 2020).
Working together and with local partners and communities, HSAB is focusing on a different issue each day during the week, to highlight the many forms abuse takes and the help that is available to combat it.
Graham Allen, Chair of the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults’ Board, said:
“Feeling safe and being able to live a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. However, some in our communities are less able to stand up for themselves and this is why we are asking local residents to support our work to prevent abuse and neglect and to raise safeguarding concerns wherever and whenever they occur.
“As a result of the pandemic, and with the impact of social distancing measures and the reduction in face-to-face contact, it is more important than ever that we all play our part in helping to spot the warning signs and acting on them when needed. Safeguarding is everyone’s business – if you spot the signs, make the call.”
Abuse and neglect could fall under several categories, including domestic, physical, psychological and/or emotional, financial, neglect or sexual.
Although not an exhaustive list, some signs of harm or abuse might include unexplained or unusual injuries, changes in behaviour or appearance, such as clothes being dirty, or an unexplained lack of money. There is more information on the warning signs on the HSAB website. Also on the website is detailed advice and information for the public and professionals, with helpful links.
Each day during National Safeguarding Adults Week, the HSAB will be shining a spotlight on a specific theme using social media with the hashtag #SafeguardingAdultsWeek.
The daily links are:
- Monday 16 November Prevention and safeguarding in local communities
- Tuesday 17 November Loneliness and social isolation
- Wednesday 18 November Mental Health
- Thursday 19 November Domestic abuse
- Friday 20 November Fraud, Scams and Cybercrime
- Saturday 21 November Homelessness
- Sunday 22 November Family approach
If you are worried that an adult is, or may be at risk from harm, please call 0300 555 1386 or out of hours 0300 555 1373. In addition to the local number, safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.
Further information about National Safeguarding Week can be found at: National Safeguarding Adults Week: 16th to 22nd November 2020