West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is supporting Sussex Safeguarding Week (27 Nov-1 Dec) as part of the service’s commitment to protect every resident in the county, enabling them to live safe, healthy and happy lives.
The West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board, the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board and the Safer West Sussex Partnership are joining forces to deliver a week of safeguarding learning events.
The fire service will be giving a presentation on Thursday 30th November, as part of a drop-in event at Arun Civic Centre, on the support and work carried out with vulnerable people.
Alistair Evans, WSFRS Prevention & Safeguarding Officer, says: “Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights. We want everyone in our county, no matter what their age, to be able to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.
“The fire service has unprecedented access to many homes, whether that be through responding to emergencies or performing Safe & Well Visits for vulnerable residents. A key part of this responsibility is to identify potential markers for concern and ensure adults and children alike are able to access the care and support they need, when they need it.”
The key purpose of the week is to provide a range of learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers working with at-risk adults and children, aimed at improving their safeguarding knowledge, skills and understanding, and promoting joint working.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.