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:
- Monday will look at domestic abuse and the forms it takes both physical and emotional. During the pandemic, both adults and children can find themselves isolated with abusive members of their family. We have been signposting adults to silent ‘live chats’ with advisers at IDAS for help and support. More at www.idas.org.uk
- Tuesday is about scams and online safety. Scams can come through the post, over the phone or face-to-face on the doorstep. We’re encouraging people to be aware of, avoid and report them to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33. To help keep children and young people safe online, we’re signposting them to advice and information at https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/ children-young-people/staying-safe-online/
- Wednesday will look at radicalisation and extremism. ‘Let’s Talk About It’, is an initiative designed to provide help and guidance for all ages to educate against hate: https://educateagainsthate.com/resources/lets-talk/
- Thursday will focus on county lines and cuckooing. Drug-dealing networks can exploit adults and children alike. For more information go to: www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/child-sexual-abuse-and-exploitation.htm and https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
- Friday will look at mental health and wellbeing. It’s more important than ever to look after your physical and mental health. There are sources of advice and information for adults at http://everymindmatters.co.uk and www.livewellyork.co.uk and for young people at https://www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/
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.”