November is Safeguarding Month in Tower Hamlets

People in Tower Hamlets are being encouraged to do their bit to protect vulnerable adults and children as part of Safeguarding Month this November.

The theme of the month is ‘safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’ andthe council, police, health, community, housing and voluntary organisations will work together to raise awareness and understanding of issues such as harm, neglect and domestic abuse

A dedicated phone line (020 7364 6085) for reporting concerns about adult welfare goes live at the start of the month and a programme of activities, including seminars, workshops and events for the public and professionals will take place across the borough.

Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards will present their annual reports at meetings of the Health and Wellbeing Board on Tuesday 7 November and Cabinet on 28 November.

The Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards priorities for next year include sharing knowledge amongst professionals and involving and listening to adults, children and young people to reflect their views on how to prevent abuse.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“We aim to ensure that Tower Hamlets is a place where vulnerable children and adults can live free from harm. Safeguarding Month highlights our work alongside the police, voluntary sector and health organisations to intervene early and help vulnerable children and adults. This work cannot be achieved without everyone taking responsibility for safeguarding our vulnerable residents.”

The borough will also mark International Day for the Elimination of Gender based Violence on 25 November (also known as White Ribbon Day).

And to support the initiative, the council and local groups will take part in 16 days of activism aimed at eliminating domestic abuse, including violence against women and girls.

Cllr Denise Jones, chair, Tower Hamlets Health and Wellbeing Board and Cabinet member for Health and Adults Services said:

“It is essential that organisations which are responsible for protecting the welfare of adults and children work closely together to provide help and support.

“Our annual safeguarding month aims to raise awareness of work that is taking place across the borough and it is great to see businesses, local people, professionals, voluntary and health and social care organisations getting involved.”

Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs, Lead Member for Education and Children’s services  said:

“Safeguarding is one of the council’s most important duties and we are working closely with our partners to significantly improve the quality and timeliness of our services for children at risk of harm, abuse and neglect. Safeguarding month is an important time to raise awareness and ensure everyone can play their part in keeping young people safe.

“Safeguarding can affect everyone – whether that might be suspicions around someone you know being abused or neglected, or questions about how to access support for yourself or a friend. It could be around online bullying or worries about being groomed.

“We need to work together to ensure everyone feels safe and can access the support and help they, and their families, need. The activities and workshops on offer this month showcase the range of information and services available here in Tower Hamlets.”

To raise concerns about the welfare of a child or young person call 020 7364 5601/5606.

To report any concerns about a vulnerable adult contact 020 7364 6085.

Posted on Friday 3rd November 2017