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Council agreement to support National Adults Safeguardng Week

Last Wednesday at the Full Council meeting I was delighted to bring a motion in support of National Safeguarding Adults Week. National Safeguarding Adults Week is organised each year by the Ann Craft Trust, a national safeguarding charity which supports organisations to safeguard adults and young people at risk. The week aims to raise awareness of issues around adult safeguarding, with a focus on key safeguarding themes, such as adult grooming, organisational abuse, financial abuse and disability hate crime.

The motion committed the Council to working with the Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board to help promote the week in future years, as well as encouraging other local authorities to participate.

The Council also resolved to work with organisations such as the Ann Craft Trust to lobby the Department for Health and Social Care to officially recognise National Safeguarding Adults Week.

It’s fantastic to see Lewisham leading the way on adult safeguarding. This is a really important issue that often doesn’t get enough attention. I’m delighted that the Council has officially recognised National Safeguarding Adults Week and is committed to promoting it in future years.

I am looking forward to working with other councils and the Ann Craft Trust to increase participation in National Safeguarding Adults Week among local authorities, as well as lobbying for official recognition from the Department of Health and Social Care.