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Safeguarding in the Spotlight

An opportunity to learn more about how South Tyneside Council is working to keep vulnerable people safe from harm is on offer next week.

Members of the People Select Committee will be given an update on adult safeguarding and the priorities for the year ahead.

By working closely with partners, the Council is looking at ways of preventing the likelihood of abuse to those adults at risk as well as supporting adults who have experienced abuse or harm. An initiative, called Making Safeguarding Personal, is a key priority for the Council and its partners which seeks to ensure that information, advice and support reflects the views and needs of the person. By getting to know the person and their circumstances this can help with ensuring they receive the right support.

Social isolation is a factor that can increase the risk of abuse and harm and this is something that the Council will focus on reducing by enabling people to connect with their local community and develop networks that will reduce the risks to them.                                                                                               

Chair of the People Select Committee, Councillor John McCabe, said: "Safeguarding vulnerable adults, who may be at risk of abuse, is one of the most important duties that the Council has.

"Safeguarding is everyone's business and we would urge people to look out for the most vulnerable in our communities and come along and find out more about this issue."

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 November at 10am in the Council Chamber of South Shields Town Hall. All are welcome.


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