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Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week

Safeguarding Adults Awareness week begins today. During the week, information hubs will be stationed across several Merseyside authorities in community spaces, open to members of the public.

The pop-ups, organised by Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB), will promote safeguarding awareness to the people of Merseyside from 18th – 22nd November.

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, formed in 2017, is made up of the four former safeguarding adults boards from Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.Please activate the link below to find out where you can get more information about locations in your local area where more information will be available on how to prevent abuse and neglect of adults who may be at risk:

Safeguarding Awareness Venues 18.11 revised

Radio City

Adult safeguarding will be featured on the Tony Snell’s morning show on Radio Merseyside throughout the week, where you can hear from people who have come forward to tell their stories to raise awareness and help to prevent others being abused. You will also hear from professionals who will be explaining what adult safeguarding is all about and how you may be able to identify those people who may be at risk in your family or wider community.

Notes on the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB)

The MSAB is a statutory body which includes senior managers from local NHS, local authority and Merseyside Police alongside members from other emergency services, probation services and the voluntary sector.

The board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that adults in Merseyside, who may be at risk, are able to live fulfilling lives, free from abuse and neglect.

Sue Redmond, Chair of Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “By supporting the national awareness week, we as a board are hopeful that we can raise awareness of safeguarding in Merseyside communities, and the roles that everyone can play in preventing abuse and neglect.

“We are supporting staff across our constituent local authorities in highlighting these issues through public venues throughout the week.

“If, by our collective efforts, we are successful in better safeguarding even a small number of people across Merseyside, I feel it will have been worth it. As such, we aim to reach a wide range of people from all backgrounds and ages to say that safeguarding is everyone’s business.”

Trained staff at each venue will be on hand to answer questions about safeguarding adults, in addition to offering advice and distributing relevant information.

During the week members of the board will also visit agencies across the region to gauge how adult safeguarding is being developed in different areas, to share and take note of best practice and to speak to individuals and staff who are affected by safeguarding adults.