On Monday 9th October, Spectrum worked with Wakefield Council and other district partners to show their commitment to safeguarding by hosting a Wakefield Safeguarding public launch event.
The event, which was held outside the Wakefield Cathedral, was a great opportunity for the public to learn more about safeguarding, what they can do if they have any safeguarding concerns or indeed get help if they are experiencing any form of abuse or violence. Partners included West Yorkshire Police, Inspiring Recovery, WDDAS Wakefield Domestic Abuse Service, CGL, Barnardos, Mid Yorks NHS Trust, SWYFT, West Yorkshire Fire Service, Samaritans, Spectrum People and many others.
Safeguarding protects children, young people and vulnerable adults from issues such as domestic violence and abuse, child sexual exploitation, alcohol and substance misuse and human trafficking. The event was set up to help advise people on these issues, and remind them that it is everyone’s business to help protect the most vulnerable members of society.
The event was excellent because members of the public were able to talk to any of the partners about any concerns they had, and if they were unable to advise, they could refer them to a service who could.
In addition, a number of training courses, aimed at staff, were held during the week, to enhance education around safeguarding.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child or vulnerable person, call 0345 8 503 503. If they’re in immediate danger, contact the Police on 999.