A special week of events is taking place in Calderdale, to raise awareness about the support available to protect vulnerable children and adults across the borough and highlight how people can recognise and report any concerns.
The eighth annual Calderdale Safeguarding Week will take place between Monday 20 and Friday 24 June, with a varied programme of over 20 events hosted by Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board and Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership.
The programme has daily themes based on safeguarding priorities for Calderdale. It includes sessions on issues such as domestic abuse, extremism, suicide prevention and working with people with complex needs.
The events will be a mix of live sessions and virtual events, with videos, webinars and podcasts providing additional useful resources for practitioners, managers, and members of the public. There are also information stalls being set up in schools in the borough, which will focus on drug awareness and substance abuse.
All the events spread the message that everyone has a responsibility to make sure the people around us are safe and cared for. Reporting safeguarding concerns is so important to ensure the most vulnerable people get the support they need. There is always someone available to help and a partnership of organisations working intensively to prevent these issues in Calderdale.
For a full list of Safeguarding Week events and to book your place, please visit the Safeguarding Calderdale website: https://safeguarding.calderdale.gov.uk/safeguarding-week-2022/
The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said:
“Safeguarding is everyone’s business and we all have a responsibility to look out for those around us, be able to recognise when something isn’t right and know how to report any concerns. We always take any issues raised to us seriously and along with our partners, do all we can to ensure that relevant support is provided and people are protected from harm.
“Safeguarding Week covers a variety of important topics, presented in an accessible and informative way. There’s no limit to the number of sessions you can attend and there are also ‘on demand’ resources such as podcasts, making it even easier for people to get involved and support efforts to keep children and adults safe in Calderdale.”
A social media campaign throughout the week, run by a range of organisations in Calderdale, will share important messages to raise awareness of safeguarding issues and services that offer support. Keep an eye on Twitter, including @Calderdale, and Facebook, including Calderdale Council.
If you are concerned about a child, please call MAST on 01422 393336.
If you need guidance or advice regarding an adult at risk, you can call Gateway to Care on 01422 393000.
You can also call the out of hours Emergency Duty Team on 01422 288000. In an emergency where there is a threat to life or serious injury, call 999. If you are concerned that a crime has been committed, call 101.
Visit https://safeguarding.calderdale.gov.uk for more information on how to get support and to report any safeguarding concerns.