Adult abuse is everyone’s business and this Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (9-13 October), residents of Kent and Medway are urged to ‘See It, Report It, Stop It’.
Following our multi-agency reviews of cases, which help organisations to learn lessons and improve practice, we have particularly highlighted issues relating to neglect and self-neglect and so have agreed that our theme for this year’s campaign is “Respect not Neglect”.
Abuse comes in many forms and may include physical, psychological, financial or material, such as consumer scams, sexual abuse, neglect, modern slavery, self-neglect, hate crimes and discrimination, and domestic violence. The term self-neglect covers behaviours that in different ways manifest unwillingness or inability to care for oneself and/or one’s environment.
Last year, more than 6,000 people did speak up across Kent and Medway and reported their concerns and 1477 of those related to neglect and acts of omission.
The best weapon against abuse is talking about it and anyone with concerns about a loved one, colleague, friend, neighbour or themselves needs to tell us about it.
Agencies across Kent and Medway, including: Kent County Council, Medway Council, NHS and Health organisations, district councils, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, Kent Police, care providers, housing associations, national probation services and the voluntary sector, are raising awareness this week about different forms of abuse and how to recognise and stop it.
Independent Chair of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board, Deborah Stuart- Angus, said:
“I am very proud to announce our annual Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week. I would like to personally thank all those who will make this as successful as it was last year. I sincerely hope this campaign contributes to further raising public awareness of abuse and neglect across Kent and Medway and how safeguarding is everybody's business.”
Kent and Medway’s multi-agency Safeguarding Adults Board brings together agencies across the County to keep adults safe from harm and protect their rights. During Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week, events are being held to raise awareness of the different types of abuse that some people of Kent and Medway suffer daily and how they, or their loved ones, can seek the help and advice they need to keep them safe and well.
To report abuse, contact Kent County Council on 03000 41 61 61 or Medway Council on 01634 334466 or if someone is in immediate risk, dial 999. Support will be provided by specially trained people to victims of abuse and those who report it.
Throughout the week there'll be pop up information stands across Kent and Medway in the following places:
Monday 9 October – Bluewater Community Safety Shop (between 10 - 3)
Tuesday 10 October – Tesco in Whitfield, Dover (between 10 – 3)
Wednesday 11 October – ASDA, Sittingbourne ASDA (between 10 and 3)
Thursday 12 October - public information stall at Pentagon Centre, Chatham
Friday 13 October - public information stall at Drill Hall Library, University of Kent Medway Campus