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July
2014
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‘Doing nothing is not an option’ as Leeds launches safeguarding campaign






















Caption: Some of the artwork that will be used across the city as part of the prevention of abuse campaign





A new campaign
focusing on ‘doing nothing is not an option’ when it comes to adult abuse and
that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard people in the city launches
this week.





The Leeds Safeguarding
Adults Board is launching the prevention of adult abuse campaign from Monday 21
July.






Safeguarding adults
refers to the protection of an 'adult at risk' from abuse or neglect, aimed at
people over 18 years of age with health or social care needs.






Posters and
information will be up around the city, alongside a social media campaign with
a call to action to report adult abuse if people suspect it.






Anyone who
suspects any kind of adult abuse or feels they are a victim themselves should
contact
0113 222 4401 (Textphone
for deaf and hard of hearing people: 0113 222 4410) during office hours. If it
is outside office hours (at night, during weekends or bank holidays) contact
the emergency duty team on 0113 240 9536.






For people wanting advice on any matter to do with safeguarding adults call
0113 224 3511.





Dr Paul Kingston, chair of the Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board
said:






“It is vitally
important we get the message out that we all have a responsibility to safeguard
adults at risk of abuse or neglect throughout our city.






“Noticing and
acting on concerns, even if it is something very small, could really help someone
who is at risk from such abuse, and we would urge everyone to take these
matters seriously.






Dealing
with allegations or concerns about abuse can be very difficult and distressing
for everyone involved. Deciding what the right thing to do is can be stressful,
particularly if the person you are concerned about is reluctant to accept support.






Whilst this is an adult
safeguarding campaign, we are also working closely with the Leeds Safeguarding
Children’s Board to raise the profile of safeguarding generally.”






Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive
board member with responsibility for adult social care said:






“Leeds as a city is
committed to safeguarding those in our area who may be at risk of abuse.  






“We already have strong
reporting procedures in place for the safeguarding of adults, and we are
working to ensure we raise the profile of safeguarding in the city and ensure that
people are aware of how to report their concerns or get in touch with the right
agency for advice.”






Notes to editors:






Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board



Safeguarding adults is
the multi-agency procedure used to protect someone from abuse or neglect. The
procedures are specifically for those people who are over the age of 18 years
of age,



  • who may need health or social care support to
    maintain their independence and wellbeing; and


  • who may be unable to take care of him or herself, or


  • unable to protect him or herself against harm or
    exploitation




For more information see
the Leeds Safeguarding Adults website: www.leedssafeguardingadults.org.uk






For further information contact



Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team




Mob: 07712214224