Preventing the neglect and abuse of vulnerable adults will be top of the agenda in Medway when Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week takes place from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 June.

A joint event between Medway Council and Kent County Council, the awareness week is aimed at reminding everyone they have a part to play in protecting people against the harm caused by neglect and abuse, as well as raising awareness of the help and support that’s available.
Information will be available to everyone on how to prevent and be aware of the different kinds of abuse vulnerable adults may fall victim to, from physical, sexual and psychological abuse to discrimination, neglect and financial exploitation.
Vulnerable adults who are in need of care and protection can include people with learning disabilities, older people, people with mental health problems and those with a physical disability.

Medway Council’s social services teams work closely alongside partners in housing, health, police, education, private and voluntary sector organisations, to raise awareness of this issue and to take action to prevent it, as well as taking the lead in coordinating the response if someone reports adult abuse.
Social care teams will be on hand at the following locations to answer questions and give out information:
• Monday, 11 June at Gillingham Market from 9am to 4.30pm.
• Tuesday, 12 June at Strood Market from 9am to 3pm.
• Wednesday, 13 June in the Pentagon Shopping Centre from 9am to 5pm.
• Thursday, 14 June from 9am to 3pm at Rochester Community Hub.
• Friday, 15 June at Rainham Shopping Centre from 9am to 4pm.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr David Brake said: “Protecting vulnerable people in our community is our most important priority, and everyone can play their part in assisting us to help those who are at risk.
“We want to make people aware not only of the support and advice that’s available but also the importance of reporting the signs of adult abuse. If you have any kind of concern please contact us, as your call can make all the difference.”
For more information on adult safeguarding visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/abuse.
Alternatively you can call 01634 334466. If someone is at immediate risk, call 999 for the emergency services

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