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Cheshire West supports Safeguarding Adults Week

Cheshire West and Chester Council and the borough’s Local Safeguarding Adults Board are supporting National Safeguarding Adults Week.

Adult safeguarding involves protecting adults who are at risk of abuse and unable to protect themselves due to age or disability, enabling them to live a life free from abuse and neglect.

The week-long event from 20-24 November is designed to enable more people to recognise the signs of abuse and neglect and to know how to record and report any concerns they may have. The theme this year is ‘looking after yourself and others’.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Sheila Little said:

“The Council and its partners are committed to preventing abuse and supporting those who experience it.

“It’s so important that everyone knows the signs of abuse. Safeguarding Adults Week plays a vital role in making sure that everyone is as informed as they can be to take appropriate action when they spot abuse taking place and we’re proud to support it.”

Abuse can take many forms including physical, domestic, sexual, psychological, financial and material, modern slavery, neglect, discriminatory, organisational and self-neglect.

Ian Cardwell, chair of Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Adults Board, said:

"The Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Adults Board is committed to supporting Safeguarding Adults Week.

“Together with our board members and partners, the board coordinates and supports multi-agency working to safeguard and protect adults at risk of abuse and neglect in west Cheshire, ensuring that agencies respond to concerns quickly and effectively. Safeguarding Adults Week is critical to raising awareness of the importance of safeguarding in both organisations and our communities.”

Safeguarding Adults Week – Themes for 2023

  • Monday – what’s my role in safeguarding adults?
  • Tuesday – lets start talking – taking the lead on safeguarding in your organisation.
  • Wednesday – who cares for the carers? Secondary and vicarious trauma.
  • Thursday – adopting a trauma informed approach to safeguarding adults.
  • Friday – listen, learn and lead - co-production with experts by experience.

Safeguarding Adults Week Events

  • Tuesday 21st November, 10-11am: Let’s Start Talking – Taking The Lead on Safer Cultures in Your Organisation. Laura Thorpe will set-out what makes a safer culture and provide participants with the space to reflect on the culture within their organisation.
  • Wednesday 22 November, 9am – 4pm: Looking After Yourself & Others: Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding Adults Conference 2023. Our conference provides a selection of informative keynotes and workshops that enable you to learn about effective techniques for safeguarding the wellbeing of yourself, your staff and the people you support.
  • Thursday 23rd November 10 am – 12 pm – Pan Cheshire ‘Our Ways of working’ – online workshop on adopting a trauma informed approach to safeguard adults. To book a place click on the link and click on the heading ‘Adopting a Trauma informed approach to safeguarding adults’ Training | Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Friday 24th November, 10-11am: Developing Boccia England’s ‘Your Wellbeing Toolkit’. We will be joined by Boccia England to learn about the creation of their wellbeing toolkit. This will be followed by a discussion about how to support the wellbeing of players, volunteers and staff in sport and activity organisations.

All seminars can be booked online: https://www.anncrafttrust.org/events/

To refer adult safeguarding concerns in Cheshire West and Chester complete the online form: 

Cheshire West and Chester Council Adult Social Care Online 

or call 0300 1237034, out of hours phone: 01244 977277

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