Awards success during Keeping Safe Week

It’s Keeping Safe Week this week, for which the Trust has joined forces with health, education, adult social services and the council to raise awareness of the issues around safeguarding.

The annual event kicked off with a launch for professionals involved in the field of safeguarding, at the Mansion House, during which an awards ceremony was held to recognise individuals and groups of people who have played a part in keeping others safe.

Tornedale Primary School staff received an award after being nominated by Alicia Lee from the Trust’s Domestic Abuse team for their part in a multi-agency response to a high risk domestic abuse case.

Alicia said: “Head teacher Lisa Almunshi and the staff at Tornedale were able to recognise the sensitivity of the case early on and gave mum a listening ear. Lisa allowed meetings to take place between mum and the social worker, DANs worker and police to avoid any escalation of risk and was a key part of building mum’s confidence to make a complaint to the police and seek support.

“If the issue had been handled differently, mum would not have felt at ease and would not have persevered with the case, as she had pulled out at the last minute in the past. Her six children could then have ended up in care.

Lisa said: “I’m really proud to receive the award on behalf of all the staff at Tornedale as they genuinely care about the children and families.”

Practice development worker, Jayne Desmier and Social worker Sally Clarke received an award after being spurred into helping others following their own family tragedies.

They have both lost family members to suicide in recent times – Jayne her nephew and Sally her brother – and spearheaded a project to help make sure that other families do not have to go through what theirs have.

They came up with the idea of getting a video made about the importance of men opening up and talking about their problems. After receiving funding from Public Health, the professional video was made, featuring a local poet and men from Doncaster who have all suffered from poor mental health. The video, which received widespread coverage including on radio and TV, can be viewed here: www.yourlifedoncaster.co.uk/anotherway

Modern Apprentice in the Trust's Workforce Development team, Kanisha Snape, also received an award after being nominated by Independent Visitor Scheme co-ordinator Sue Wakefield for her leading role in the scheme.

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