Safeguarding Week is everyone’s business

Kirklees’ first ever Safeguarding Week -17 – 21 October 2016 –  is set to launch this month following months of preparation and planning.

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During the week, a varied programme of events, seminars and talks at different venues across Kirklees will help to raise awareness of the role everyone has in safeguarding adults and children who may be at risk. Some events are for staff and partner agencies who work together to promote safe and healthy communities across Kirklees but many events are for everyone who lives in Kirklees. There will be signposting to the support available in all localities including that which partner agencies, voluntary and statutory sectors offer. All events are free to attend and early booking is advised due to some having limited places.

‘Stronger together – working for a safe and healthy Kirklees’ is the joint vision of Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB), Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board (KSAB), Community Safety Partnerships (CSP), the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Children’s Trust.

The week will start with a launch event at the Hudawi Centre, Huddersfield at which Adrian Lythgo, Kirklees Council Chief Executive along with representatives from the five boards will talk about safeguarding in the community. The event is open to the public from 11.00am with a range of market stalls and staff on hand to speak with. A branded information bus will park up at various locations over the five days and people can drop in and find out more, ask questions and get advice.

Cllr Vic Kendrick, Cabinet Member – Adults, Health & Activity to Improve Health said:

“The safeguarding of adults and children in our community is of huge importance and that is why Safeguarding Week has my full backing.

“Working together with partner agencies, ensuring that our staff and frontline workers are fully trained to offer the best advice, information and support will help to make sure those people who need this support and help – whether it’s for them personally, a family member or someone they know, know where to go and importantly have the courage and strength to speak out.

“Safeguarding does cover a lot of different areas but each one is of equal importance to make sure those who live in our community are kept safe and healthy and protected”

Councillor Erin Hill, Cabinet Member for Family Support and Child Protection said:

“The boards already work together in helping to keep local people safe and healthy within strong and supportive communities.

“At the same time, we recognise that closer, more formal links will support our work and achieve a better focus on individual, family and community wellbeing.”

To find out more about Safeguarding Week please visit kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk

To find out about the events taking place during Safeguarding Week visit Kirklees Community Directory

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