Safeguarding Week: Where to turn for help
During Safeguarding Week, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its partners are reminding the public about the services available to keep themselves, and everybody else, safe.
Each day, advice will be sent out on a theme, telling the community what signs they should be looking out for, and where to turn to if they have concerns about adults or children.
Although face-to-face events cannot be held during this year’s event, messages on social media and the internet are telling the public that safeguarding services are still working round the clock in the East Riding.
The themes for the week are:
Monday: Keeping Safe
Tuesday: Domestic Abuse
Wednesday: Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Thursday: Online Safety
Councillor Vanessa Walker, portfolio holder for adult and carer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Often those suffering abuse or neglect do not realise or want to admit that they are a victim and so it is crucial that the awareness of these issues is raised so that people can be safeguarded appropriately.”
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “Keeping people safe from exploitation and harm is everyone’s responsibility.
“If you are concerned about a child or young person, we need you to report it. There is a lot of help that is available for families.”
Keeping children safe is everybody’s business – don’t think ‘what if I am wrong?’, think ‘what if I am right?’.
If you have concerns about a child you know, or who lives near you – and are worried they are being neglected or physically, emotionally or sexually abused - it is essential that you report it.
In an emergency, dial 999.
Would you be able to identify modern slavery if you saw it? Or see if someone was a victim of financial abuse?
Abuse is often marked by a change in behaviour, and depending on the type of abuse, an individual may have experienced they may be withdrawn, experience increased anxiety and fear; have less money; have unexplained bruising or display other signs.
Often, those suffering abuse or neglect are unable to protect themselves due to care and support needs so keeping adults safe from harm is everybody’s business.
If you think an adult is at risk, report your concerns by ringing the Safeguarding Adults Team 01482 396940 or visit www.ersab.org.uk.