Understanding safeguarding to protect society's most vulnerable

Adults safeguarding

Safeguarding is protecting an adult or a child’s right to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect.

This week (15 to 21 November) is Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week, a time when we are all encouraged to recognise the different types of abuse or neglect and importantly, report any concerns we may have.

The awareness week is aimed at giving access to key resources and information, encouraging people to engage with crucial safeguarding issues and spreading the word about safeguarding best practices.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and anything you notice could form part of a bigger picture. It’s about what you can do to create safer environments in which all members of society can live their lives free from fear of abuse, harm or coercion.

Stacy Washington, our trust lead for Safeguarding Adults & Prevent, said: “At Oxleas, we are committed to ensuring that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults and children who are at risk. If you are concerned about a child, visit our Safeguarding children page. If you have concerns about an adult, visit our Safeguarding adults page. Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone - please keep your eyes and ears open and report any concerns you have."

If you would like to learn more about safeguarding, the Ann Craft Trust has created an excellent video explanation

There’s also a library of helpful safeguarding resources.

As part of Safeguarding Adults Week, several regional safeguarding organisations will be holding a range of learning sessions that are free to attend:

  • A collection of safeguarding boards in the South East of London have teamed up to organise a varied timetable of events that you can access here.
  • The Royal Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board has arranged an entire month of workshops and talks on the subject of safeguarding. These will take place between the 1st and 26th of November. The schedule can be found here.
  • Finally, NHS England and the South East Regional Safeguarding Team will be running a week-long series of discussions on safeguarding in the South East. You can find all the information you need to join in this flyer.

Published on 16th November 2021