Health, Education, Doncaster Council and Doncaster Children’s Services Trust have joined forces for this year’s Keeping Safe Week (formerly known as Safeguarding Awareness Week) to reinforce the message across the region that ‘safeguarding is everyone’s business’.
Starting on Monday 8 July there are events happening to inform the public and professionals about how to protect our most vulnerable residents as well as raising awareness of the signs of abuse and how to report it.
The Doncaster Celebrating Safeguarding Awards kick-started the week-long campaign at the Mansion House, with local people being presented with an award to acknowledge the vital role they have played in helping to keep people safe in Doncaster.
Doncaster resident and mum of three, Jodie Keegan, is a survivor of domestic abuse and now works with others who are at risk. She received a safeguarding award to recognise her contributions and said of the event: “It’s absolutely awesome that we are holding a safeguarding week in Doncaster. We all have a duty to help each other, spot when there are signs of problems, and make sure it’s reported. It’s amazing to see awareness being raised of safeguarding issues such as domestic abuse, suicide awareness, and mental health, and I am very proud to be part of it”.
Alongside the awards ceremony, there were a number of information stalls in the Mansion House showcasing the support available for adults, children and families.
Doncaster Independent Safeguarding Adults Board Chair and Safeguarding Children’s Board Chair, Dr John Woodhouse said: “This is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of safeguarding across the region. Often people either don’t understand the different types of abuse or don’t feel confident reporting it so we want to ensure people know what support is out there and how they can play a part in protecting themselves and others. There’s a variety of topics incorporated into the week but most of all we simply want people to say something if they see something they don’t think is right.
“Abuse or neglect can happen anywhere at any time so for example, whether you are a bank cashier who suspects financial abuse, the teacher who notices a change in pupil’s behaviour or the friend or neighbour who sees something suspicious, we want you to recognise the signs and know who to contact to help.”
To report a safeguarding issue about a child or if you are worried about a child, go to: https://www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk/worried-about-a-child or call 01302 737777.
If you need to report a concern about a child or adult out of hours, call 01302 796000.