Safeguarding is everyone’s business

Date published: 06 July 2018 15:51
Dated: 06 July 2018 16:47:24

South Yorkshire Police is linking arms with agencies across the county to support Safeguarding Awareness Week 9-16 July 2018.

Safeguarding is all about protecting vulnerable people from harm and everyone has a responsibility to spot the signs of abuse and keep people safe.

There are many events taking place across South Yorkshire to help you learn more about safeguarding adults and children including awareness sessions, information stalls, coffee mornings, conferences, knowledge seminars and training for professionals.

Click on the links below to find out about events in your area:

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber said: “Protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm is a primary role of the police service, putting those people’s welfare and safety at the heart of everything we do. Our officers and staff cannot do this alone though and that’s why this week is all about showing that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

“We work closely and share information with a host of agencies across South Yorkshire to ensure that vulnerable individuals in our communities receive the best and most appropriate support available but it’s crucial that every one of us learns how to spot the signs of abuse and keep each other safe.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber

“We have lots of advice on our website covering a wide range of concerns including mental health, child abuse, online safety, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and modern slavery.

“If you think someone you know is being exploited or abused, either online or in person, please share your concerns. We will listen and take action. We are absolutely committed to safeguarding vulnerable people, investigating wrongdoing and bringing offenders to justice.”

As part of Safeguarding Awareness Week, which you can follow on social media using #SAW18, the force is continuing to raise awareness of the risks of online grooming as part of our #DontBeExposed campaign.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people into sexual activity and this can include online.

If you’ve not watched Emily’s look back video below, you need to – it carries an important message.

This video is based on real events but the character used is fictional.

Click here for more information on child sexual exploitation, what we’re doing to tackle the issue and how to report it.

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