Awareness week is hailed a success

Pc Caroline Brown, Coun Alison Waggott-Fairley, PCSO Brian Phillips and Susan Meins, from North Tyneside Council, at a SAFE week information display at the Rising Sun Farm.

Pc Caroline Brown, Coun Alison Waggott-Fairley, PCSO Brian Phillips and Susan Meins, from North Tyneside Council, at a SAFE week information display at the Rising Sun Farm.

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A campaign raising awareness about protecting vulnerable adults from abuse and harm has been hailed a success.

The third annual Safeguarding Adults for Everyone (SAFE) week saw a number of events held last week.

North Tyneside Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team, along with various partners, took part in community events to highlight the issue.

Hundreds of people visited information stands on display, including at North Tyneside General Hospital, North Shields town centre, Segedunum and the Rising Sun Farm.

Several care homes hosted coffee mornings to raise awareness among residents and their families.

Adults at risk of harm are people over 18 who may be unable to take care of themselves and protect themselves from harm or exploitation because they are physically disabled, have mental health problems, learning difficulties or are frail, elderly or ill.

Coun Carole Burdis, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “Safeguarding adults is everyone’s business. All adults have the right to live their lives free from harm and abuse but sadly that doesn’t always happen.

“Safeguarding adults is about supporting individuals who are experiencing abuse or neglect to protect themselves from that abuse.

“Events like SAFE week are a good way of raising awareness. This year’s campaign has proved another huge success with hundreds of people taking advantage of the information on offer.”

As the lead organisation in safeguarding adults at risk of harm, North Tyneside Council organises SAFE week in conjunction with multi-agency partners from health, police, Newcastle and Northumberland local authorities, as well as a range of voluntary and private providers.

Abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, institutional, discriminatory and neglect.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, from Northumbria Police, said: “We are pleased to support our partners in helping to keep people safe in North Tyneside. Safeguarding the more vulnerable members of our society is at the heart of what we do.

“At these events our officers have also been helping residents stay safe from crime by giving them advice on how to keep themselves safe and their homes. How to make it difficult for burglars to sneak-in and your property to steal. Our advice is always don’t make it easy for them – keep it locked and secure.”

For more information about safeguarding adults visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk/browse.shtml?p_subjectCategory=421 or contact Alison Tombs, Senior Manager Safeguarding and Quality, at Alison.tombs@northtyneside.gov.uk

Referrals should be made to the Adult Social Care Gateway Team on 0191 643 2777.