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#TellUsYourConcerns about safeguarding

Published Friday, 19 June 2020

Raising awareness of the many kinds of abuse against adults and children is the aim of York’s Safeguarding Week 2020 (22-26 June).

Residents are asked to be aware of domestic abuse, online scams, radicalisation, drug-dealing and self neglect, to help protect and inform people of all ages who may be vulnerable to abuse.

Using the hashtag #TellUsYourConcerns, the campaign will highlight the risks, show where help and support is available and promote a variety of ways. This is to help everyone look after themselves, their children and family, friend or neighbour.

The themes addressed will be:

Tim Madgwick, chair of City of York Safeguarding Adults Board, said:

“Safeguarding Week 2020 has added significance for us all when we think what the last few months of lockdown has meant for so many across York.

“During lockdown, we have seen incredible commitment and responses from volunteers and a range of key workers to support residents, and the work of our safeguarding teams.“

“We'll do our very best throughout the week to use every opportunity to share information and promote the importance of safeguarding right across the city.“

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

“I’m so proud of our city for making safeguarding everybody’s business and I urge everybody to continue to do this.

“During Safeguarding Week 2020, we want to raise even more awareness of what abuse can look like. We will continue to provide help, support and services to ensure that children and adults are kept informed and know how to tell us their concerns.”

Sarah Hill, Chief Executive Officer of IDAS York, said:

During this incredibly challenging time when victims of domestic abuse have been isolated with perpetrators, it is more important than ever to raise awareness about the services that can provide support.

“Safeguarding Week provides a great opportunity to spread awareness and we would ask anyone who is worried about themselves, a family member – including children - or a neighbour to contact IDAS for advice.”