South Yorkshire Safeguarding Week will be taking place from 9 to 16 July

Safeguarding Awareness Week is Everyone’s Business

We are joining forces with South Yorkshire partners during this year’s Safeguarding Awareness week to reinforce the message across the region that ‘safeguarding is everyone’s business.’

Starting on Monday 9 July there will be a week of workshops and events happening to inform the public and professionals about how to protect our most vulnerable residents.

The week will begin locally with the Doncaster Celebrating Safeguarding Awards at the Mansion House. This is the first year that the awards have run, with local people being presented with an award from Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, to acknowledge the vital role they have played in helping to keep people safe in Doncaster.

Alongside the awards ceremony, there will also be a number of information stalls in the Mansion House showcasing the support that is available for adults, children and families. Residents are encouraged to drop into the event between 1pm and 4pm to find out more about different types of abuse, how to spot the signs and also vital information on staying safe and well.

Prevention is the local theme with lots more events happening over the week that residents are encouraged to attend. A series of roadshow events will be happening in various locations across the borough including the Frenchgate Interchange, Lakeside Village and Scawthorpe Library. There is also a pre-bookable event at Cast specifically on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness. More details are available at www.doncaster.gov.uk/safeguardingweek2018 

Doncaster Independent Safeguarding Adults Board Chair and Interim Safeguarding Children’s Board Chair, Dr John Woodhouse said: “This is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of safeguarding across the region. Often people either don’t understand the different types of abuse or don’t feel confident reporting it so we want to ensure people know what support is out there and how they can play a part in protecting themselves and others. There’s a variety of topics incorporated into the week but most of all we simply want people to say something if they see something they don’t think is right.

“Abuse or neglect can happen anywhere at any time so for example, whether you are a bank cashier who suspects financial abuse, the teacher who notices a change in pupil’s behaviour or the friend or neighbour who sees something suspicious, we want you to recognise the signs and know who to contact to help.”

To report a safeguarding issue about a child visit worried about a child page web page with advice on how to raise a concern, or call 01302 737777.

For adults visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/safeguardingconcern  or call 01302 737391.

If you need to report a concern about a child or adult out of hours, call 01302 796000.

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