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Free online sessions announced for Safeguarding Week

Published Thursday, 26 May 2022

Partners involved in safeguarding across North Yorkshire, the City of York and East Riding have come together and developed an extensive programme of learning events for Safeguarding Week.

The Safeguarding Adults Boards, Children’s Safeguarding Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships' sessions all underpin this year’s theme which is ‘Safeguarding is everybody’s business’.

Spurred on by the success of Safeguarding Week 2021, the safeguarding partners have worked to extend the range of topics being covered this year. While a number of the 50 sessions are open only to professionals working in the safeguarding sector, the majority of the sessions are also open to the public. The week-long programme support members of the public who want to learn more about safeguarding.

Covering topics such as:

  • support for children and young people impacted by domestic abuse
  • signs of radicalisation
  • keeping children safe online
  • fraud awareness and protection
  • the power of the bystander amongst many other safeguarding areas

The sessions have been designed to stimulate discussion, spark innovation and share best practice. Each session will be delivered by inspirational and motivational speakers, all of whom are experts in their field.

The full programme of events is open for viewing and booking via EventBrite and early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

All the agencies involved will be sharing information across their social media channels and website in the run up to Safeguarding week and throughout the week. To follow along look for the hashtag #safeguardingweek2022 on social media. Safeguarding Adults Week will take place on Monday 20 June to Friday 24 June.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care at City of York Council, said:

This week’s excellent programme of events allows us all to educate ourselves further on how we can help safeguard people from abuse. From it, we can learn more about what safeguarding is, recognising the signs of abuse and what to do if we see it. Safeguarding adults and children from harm is everybody’s business.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education at City of York Council, said:

If you feel something’s not right or if you see signs of physical, sexual, financial, emotional, neglectful, discriminatory or organisational abuse or self neglect, please report it so the experts can support and safely intervene.

"In York, report your concerns about adults by calling telephone: 01904 555111 or report it online at Safeguarding Adults. For concerns about children in York, please call telephone: 1904 551900 or report it online at Safer Children. If someone is in immediate danger please always call 999."

Assistant Chief Constable Lindsey Butterfield, Chair of the North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership, said:

It is a real privilege to represent the work of the North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership as we stride towards safeguarding week commencing on the 20th June through to the 24th.

"Our strength is in our values and objectives delivered collectively by our partnership, who have come together to deliver a real depth and spread of events that span Community Safety, Hate Crime, Prevent and Domestic Abuse.

"We have a number of sessions covering domestic abuse with our focus on the key themes to support professionals and public alike understand the journey the impact of domestic abuse on adult victims and survivors and their children and our approach to challenging and pursuing perpetrators of abuse. This is an incredible opportunity for all to gain knowledge, confidence and skills in managing this key area that affects so many within our community.”

Paul Shevlin, Chair of York and North Yorkshire Prevent Partnership Board and Chief Executive of Craven District Council said:

Being part of Safeguarding Week 2022 is a fantastic opportunity in helping to raise awareness of how those who are most vulnerable within our communities could be drawn into extremism.

"As part of this week’s schedule we are offering 2 Prevent Awareness sessions available for professionals and members of the public which will highlight the referral process and walk through real cases in North Yorkshire, showcasing their positive outcomes.”