Safeguarding is still everyone’s business

Wakefield Council is supporting Wakefield Safeguarding Week (21 – 25 June) by asking everyone to play their part in safeguarding children and recognising where families need support.

The campaign encourages people across the district to be aware and continue to be the eyes and ears of the community to help keep children and vulnerable adults safe, as we begin the journey back to normality.

During the week, the Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) will make available a series of free virtual webinars, podcasts, and e-learning opportunities to partner agencies, organisations, schools, and practitioners working with children and families across the district. These can be accessed via the WSCP website from 9.30am on 21 June. Topics revolve around domestic abuse, exploitation, young carers, LGBTQ+ awareness, bullying, education, and mental health and wellbeing amongst others.

The main event will be the WSCP Summer Conference on 23 June, where key note speaker Dr. Jenny Llloyd will be discussing best practice in safeguarding teenagers and Phil Pearce will be the inspirational speaker, discussing his life experiences with young people – all with the aim to help practitioners develop their skills and approaches to safeguarding young people and families. To book a place on the WSCP Conference, visit https://www.wakefieldscp.org.uk/summer-safeguarding-week-and-conference/

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

There will also be two face to face sessions during the week for professionals around resilience and participation.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “As ever we are committed to the safety of all our district’s children and young people. We know this has been a stressful and difficult time and our services are here to support families that need help. We want to remind people that we all need to play a part in supporting families under stress and ensuring the most vulnerable in our district are protected.

“Anyone who believes a child or young person is being harmed, or at risk of harm, must act, and must report their concerns.”

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business, and as restrictions lift we all have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our community and whilst we have excellent professionals working hard to safeguard children, the extra eyes and ears of our residents are also hugely helpful.

“We hope to highlight during this week the signs that a child or young person may be vulnerable and want everyone to know how to report their concerns – there are services open and ready and willing to help.”

Anyone with any safeguarding concerns about a child or a vulnerable adult should call 0345 8 503 503 (Freephone). If there are concerns about someone’s immediate safety, contact the police by calling 999.

To find out what courses and events are on offer or for more information, visit www.wakefieldscp.org.uk or follow @Wakefield_scp on Twitter.