Councils and agencies unite across Kent in major crackdown on abuse as part of Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week
PUBLISHED: 11:42 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:42 26 September 2016
If in any doubt, report it, public is advised
Agencies across the county will be joining forces to crack down on a broad range of abuse against adults.
It will form part of Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week which runs from October 3-7. And the message being hammered home is ‘see it, report it, stop it’.
Abuse comes in many forms and may include physical, psychological, financial or material, such as consumer scams, sexual abuse, neglect, modern slavery, self-neglect, hate crimes and discrimination, and domestic violence.
Kent County Council, Medway Council, NHS and health organisations, district councils, emergency services, care provides, housing association and the voluntary sector will all be involved, raising awareness about different forms of abuse and how to recognise and stop it.
Independent chair of the Kent and Medway safeguarding adults board, Deborah Stuart-Angus, said: “Abuse and neglect can happen to anyone, from any background and we want victims to know they are not alone. We will not tolerate abuse in Kent and Medway and agencies across the county continue to work very closely to aim to keep the most vulnerable members of our society safe.
“We know that abuse can be hard to talk about and, in many circumstances, we can only help to stop it if a concern is brought to our attention. That’s why we need our communities, staff and partners across Kent and Medway, to be our eyes and ears.
“My rule of thumb has always been: ‘If you are in doubt check it out’ - if you have a concern, please report it. We will not overreact. We will take a balanced view, sometimes simply giving advice or when necessary, making relevant enquiries. We will keep the person at the centre of what we do, enabling them to stay in control and keeping safeguarding personal.”
Last year, more than 4,000 people did speak up across Kent and Medway and reported their concerns.
To report abuse, contact Kent County Council on 03000 41 61 61 or Medway Council on 01634 334466 or if someone is in immediate risk, dial 999. Support will be provided by specially trained people to victims of abuse and those who report it.