25 September – 6 October 2017 will see the launch of a Doncaster wide safeguarding awareness fortnight.
The fortnight, designed to raise awareness of child and adult safeguarding, will feature activities and training for professionals and members of the community across Doncaster.
Following a series of successful standalone safeguarding awareness events, the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB) partners have joined forces to further increase their impact and empower staff.
Rosie Faulkner, DSCB Board Manager said: “It is important we raise awareness of any safeguarding issues that could be affecting our population. The safeguarding fortnight will familiarise professionals across Doncaster with a wide variety of topics and empower them to act upon any concerns they may have.”
The week will start with a launch event bringing together leaders from public sector organisations as well as community leaders, local teachers and social workers.
Dr John Woodhouse, Independent Chair of the DSAB added: “Ensuring that the vulnerable are safe requires the contribution of everyone across Doncaster. The safeguarding fortnight helps raise awareness of a wide variety of potential safeguarding issues with a larger audience than ever before. It also means that organisations can learn from each other so that we can all do a better job of keeping vulnerable children and adults safe.”
Topics set to be covered during the fortnight include neglect and abuse, discrimination and hate crime, sexual abuse and exploitation, modern slavery and human trafficking, financial and material abuse, self-neglect and domestic abuse.
Speaking about the fortnight, Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said: “As a housing organisation which puts the welfare of tenants at the heart of our work, our staff across the organisation have a big opportunity to spot the signs of when things are wrong and raise concerns at the earliest point possible. We come into contact with people on a daily basis who other professionals might not see as often. We are pleased to be involved in the safeguarding fortnight and ensuring our workforce has the information and tools they need to get help to those who need it.”
Also heavily involved in the fortnight is Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDASH), who is hosting both a conference and several training and information sharing events across the two weeks.
Dr Deb Wildgoose, Director of Nursing and Quality at RDASH, added: “Our staff work with a wide range of patients, carers and their families. By being trained in safeguarding our staff
play their valuable part in keeping vulnerable members of our communities safe and well, signposting people to additional services they may need and raising the alarm if needed. We are pleased to be working with partners across Doncaster to help promote safeguarding far and wide.”
To find out more about safeguarding in Doncaster and the work of both Boards visit www.dscb.co.uk or www.doncaster.gov.uk