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Safeguarding adults

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Sandwell's Safeguarding Adults Awareness week is getting under way (16 – 22 November) to support National Safeguarding Adults Week 2020.

Over the week, each day will focus on a key area of abuse or risk that some people in Sandwell suffer daily and how they, or their loved ones, can seek the help and advice they need to keep them safe and well.

  • Monday – Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Tuesday – Adult Grooming
  • Wednesday – Understanding Legislation
  • Thursday – Creating Safer Places
  • Friday – Organisational Abuse
  • Saturday – Sport & Activity
  • Sunday – Safeguarding in Your Community

To find out more about Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Week – visit Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board webpage or follow #SafeguardingAdultsWeek on Twitter.

Report adult abuse

If you know an adult is at risk of harm, you must report it.

We work with other organisations and agencies to make sure that adults at risk are safe. It is important that everyone knows what to do if abuse is reported or suspected and that we work together to prevent it.

Support adults at risk

Do you provide a service to, or work with, adults with care and support needs?

Do you want to know more about how you can help safeguard adults at risk in Sandwell?

Find out more about what we do to make sure adults are safe.

Watch our 'See Something, Do Something' film.

Use correct procedures and forms

Do you have contact with adults at risk through work, volunteering or caring?

Use the safeguarding adults forms and local guidance, policies and procedures to report suspected abuse and neglect.

Sandwell Policy and Procedures to address Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Professionals, volunteers and individuals who come across FGM for the first time can feel shocked, upset, helpless and unsure of how to respond appropriately to ensure children are protected from harm.  They may be afraid of tackling the issue due to perceived cultural sensitivities.  However, it is important for this issue to be addressed and that women and girls are safeguarded.  

Sandwell's Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership have developed an FGM policy and procedures document which covers both adults and children’s workforces to provide guidance for frontline professionals and their managers, individuals in Sandwell’s local communities and community groups on:

  • Identifying when a child may be at risk of being subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to protect the child;
  • Identifying when a child has been subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to support the child and;
  • Measures which can be implemented to prevent and ultimately eliminate the practice of FGM.

This procedure should be read together with Sandwell adult and child safeguarding procedures. 

The policy is available here.

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