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Safeguarding Week 2021 – Free virtual conference programme announced

Last modified: 2 June 2021 at 03:06pm

Between 21-25 June a week-long programme of online seminars will take place which are free and open to the public, sharing the key message that ‘Safeguarding is everybody’s business’

A virtual, online conference will take place between Monday 21 and Friday 25 June, to mark Safeguarding Week 2021.

Partners from Safeguarding Adults Boards, Children’s Safeguarding Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships across North Yorkshire, the City of York and East Riding have come together and developed an extensive programme of learning events, seminars and interactive sessions which all underpin this year’s theme – ‘Safeguarding is everybody’s business’.

The conference boasts a packed programme of sessions, with the majority catering for both members of the public who want to learn more about safeguarding, and professionals wanting to develop their skills and knowledge.

Covering topics such as self-neglect, loneliness and isolation, babies in lockdown, modern slavery, domestic abuse and child exploitation, the sessions have been designed to stimulate discussion, spark innovation and share best practice. Each session will be delivered by inspirational and motivational speakers, all of whom are experts in their field.

The full programme of events is open for viewing and booking via the North Yorkshire Police Eventbrite webpage www.nypolice.eventbrite.com – early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Speaking about the forthcoming conference, Detective Superintendent Allan Harder, Lead for Safeguarding at North Yorkshire Police said:

“It is fantastic to see so many agencies come together under current circumstances to ensure Safeguarding Week 2021 can still take place. This is a vital week in our calendar. It allows experts, professionals, volunteers and members of the public to come together, share best practice and learn about the most recent developments in the field. The programme of events taking place across the week is a reflection of how wide and varied the field of safeguarding is. It is also a great demonstration of the close working across so many agencies and organisations who together ensure the public of North Yorkshire, the City of York and the East Riding are safe and cared for.”

Richard Webb, Corporate Director, Health and Adult Services North Yorkshire County Council said:

“The week gives us the opportunity to demystify ‘Safeguarding’, explain what it is and how everyone, both professionals and members of the public, can get involved. Everybody has a part to play in keeping themselves, friends and family, employees and our wider community safe. Over the past 16 months of the pandemic, we have seen an outpouring of kindness, consideration and thought for one another, especially for those within our communities who are more vulnerable. Safeguarding Week gives everyone a chance to learn more about the agencies and organisations who can support all that goodwill and kindness, ensuring it is sustainable for the long term, resulting in stronger and more resilient communities.”

SafeLives Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Jess Asato said:

“We are so pleased to be taking part in Safeguarding Week as it gives us a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to the public about the need for domestic abuse to be everybody’s business – whether you are a family member, friend, neighbour or employer. The fact that this week is going ahead and taking place online means that it is open and accessible to all. We really welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to working with local areas to improve the domestic abuse response for the whole family. Even though lockdown might have ended, we still need everyone to #ReachIn to those they think are experiencing harm.”

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care at City of York Council, said:

“The programme of events on offer throughout the week is really comprehensive and I’d encourage everyone to go online and take a look at the sessions. There really is something for everyone. There’s information for parents and carers who look after both young and older children, those who care for older relatives or dependents, sessions for employers who are wanting to know more about safeguarding and supporting staff, as well as content for safeguarding professionals wanting to develop their skills further. What’s even better is that all the sessions are free and convenient to attend. So please be sure you visit the website, see what’s on offer and register early to avoid disappointment.”

Kay Durrant, Chair of East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board and Scrutineer of East Riding Safeguarding Children’s Partnership said:

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to come together with our safeguarding partners across the City of York and North Yorkshire to share best practice and learn from each other. Across our areas we have a plethora of safeguarding skills and knowledge, so it’s great to be able to work collaboratively to spread that vital information further, helping to keep the public of the East Riding, the City of York and North Yorkshire safe and cared for.”

The full conference programme is available online now www.nypolice.eventbrite.com

All the agencies involved will be sharing information across their social media channels and website in the run up to Safeguarding week and throughout the week. To follow along look for the hashtag #safeguardingiseverybodysbusiness

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