Awareness week on protecting vulnerable people in Portsmouth

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Safeguarding Week aims to raise awareness of help and support available

INFORMATION on how to protect vulnerable adults and children will be given throughout this week.

Safeguarding week was launched in Guildhall Square. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151106-5613)

Safeguarding week was launched in Guildhall Square. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151106-5613)

Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Hampshire Constabulary and the voluntary and charity sectors, have all come together for Safeguarding Week.

Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights.

Rob Watt, director of adult social Care at Portsmouth City Council said: ‘We have launched this awareness week to help people understand and appreciate what safeguarding is all about and how to report any concerns.

‘People understand some safeguarding issues such as physical abuse, but we also want to raise awareness of wider issues.

‘This could be financial abuse, emotional, harassment and bullying or neglect.

‘Neglect could even be unintentional but happens because a carer is overwhelmed.

‘We want people to know help is out there and it’s everyone’s responsibility to safeguard the most vulnerable in society.

‘Your first port of call could be the main agencies such as the police, the health service and the NHS.

‘But you can also go to voluntary and charity agencies.’

Safeguarding Week runs until Sunday.

Anne Taylor, safeguarding adult lead nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital, said: ‘We will be focusing on educating staff to pick up on the signs of safeguarding issues.

‘We will also be training members on what they should do if they do notice signs.’

The independent Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board and Portsmouth’s Safeguarding Adults’ Board have launched new websites.

To find out more, visit portsmouthscb.org.uk or portsmouthsab.uk