We at YOU take the prevention, reporting, and recording of abuse seriously. This is key to providing excellent services for people and our communities, helping them speak openly and honestly about concerns. Adult safeguarding is pivotal, so how do we help people to keep themselves safe?
Learning and Adult Safeguarding
We believe safeguarding is everyone’s business. Accordingly, we keep awareness of abuse high on people’s minds through creative ways of training and learning from people’s experiences. This is further highlighted by our robust training and policies. One of our fantastic support staff created a multiple choice quiz, based on the television show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? that provides a fun learning environment for people and staff. We use every experience as a time to reflect and improve practice where we need to, remaining open and transparent because we can always do better.
We look to help prevent abuse in all its forms through enabling people to connect with local services in their community such as the police force, where people hold discussions around mate and hate crime, for example, talking about ways they can help themselves to not become a victim of these crimes. Moreover, we provide safe places to report abuse, such as the Third-Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre in Advice Portsmouth.
We look to protect people and our communities. We produce easy to follow plans and information to help people help themselves and better understand how to help others and report abuse. Our approach emphasises partnering and working alongside our local authorities and being part of networks of agencies ensuring adult safeguarding remains everyone’s business.
There are never any easy solutions, and the risks that face vulnerable people won’t simply disappear. But that can be no excuse for inaction or despair. Our communities can be safe and the people in them can flourish when we all do our part.
One creative response to this challenge is found in ‘Living Without Fear’, a video about Mate Crime produced by Blue Apple Theatre which is well worth watching and sharing.