From 27 November to 1 December, the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board and Safeguarding Children Board are joining forces and inviting partners and organisations to participate in Safeguarding Awareness Week. The key purpose of the week is to provide a range of learning opportunities for the public, professionals and volunteers working with adults and children at risk in West Sussex. This week is aimed at improving their safeguarding knowledge, skills and understanding, and promoting joint working.
Safeguarding is not a new phenomenon, but it is the first time that agencies across West Sussex have come together to raise awareness of the work we do, and how members of the public can get advice, help and support if they are worried about someone.
Because a lot of the work we do isn’t always high profile, you may not even know what safeguarding is, or how we can help you or someone you are concerned about.
Therefore, we have compiled a list of definitions available to view at the tab above.
However, the main thing to remember is that there is help and support available.
There are a number of things that you can do if you are worried about someone. Sometimes simply being there for someone is enough. However, at other times speaking up and making a safeguarding referral might be more appropriate.
We understand that it can be daunting and you may not feel confident or know when it is the right time to take action.
If you have specific concerns about a child or adult, who you think needs social care intervention, get in touch with us.
If you are worried about a community issue or have general concerns about an area, let the police know. Sussex Police’s newly-formed Prevention Teams are made up of skilled Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Police Officers and staff.
Formerly known as Neighbourhood Policing Teams, they are now working more efficiently and effectively to prevent crime and to actively target local issues. They need information from communities about locations of concern or issues that need to be tackled. Your information could be vital to them. You can report concerns and information to the police by visiting www.sussex.police.uk/contact-us/ or by calling 101.
In an emergency, always ring 999.
During Safeguarding Awareness Week, The Safer West Sussex Partnership, in conjunction with the Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adults Board, will run a number of events across West Sussex for professionals and the public aimed at safeguarding adults and children, and raising awareness of the role we all can play in keeping ourselves and others safe and well.
All events organised below are free to attend.