We often explore the importance of safeguarding in relation to organisations and workplaces. Yet safeguarding is just as important in our communities and everyday life. Many people are continuing to work from home and spending an increasing amount of time in their local area. So we want to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding in the community. On this day we will be focusing on bystander action. We’ll explore the actions you can take if you witness incidents of discrimination or bullying in everyday life.
Adults Safeguarding Animated Scribe
This video provides information about abuse, how to recognise it and how to report concerns.
Information, Support and Advice on Loneliness and Social Isolation
Over 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely. Half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all. If you know someone who is lonely or socially isolated, they may be vulnerable and open to forms of abuse such as scams and financial abuse. Information on ways to combat loneliness and isolation along with links to organisations and groups who can provide support is available on Connect to Support Hampshire’s Staying Connected webpage and from the organisations listed below.
People of all ages can feel lonely or socially isolated at some point in their lives. For many of us, particularly in later life, loneliness can define our lives and have a significant impact on our wellbeing. See Age UK for information and support available including their befriending service.
A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia and what they can do to help. Visit the Dementia Friends website to find out more.
Dementia Friendly Communities
A dementia-friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have high aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in everyday activities which are meaningful to them, e.g. hobbies, leisure activities and shopping. Dementia-friendly environments are spaces which have been specifically designed, equipped and furnished to enable easier access, comfort and security and in which it is easier to undertake usual daily activities. More information can be found on the Dementia RoadMap website and Hampshire County Council have produced a helpful checklist for businesses and organisation to enable them become dementia-friendly.
Hampshire has an ageing population. Unfortunately, developing dementia is increasingly common, a product of living longer. The county has recognised this need and there is great service provision to assist those living with dementia and their carers. Age Space has organised support by NHS in Hampshire and local charities. See NHS Services for people with Dementia and Local Charities supporting people with Dementia for more information about the services and support available.
The Silver Line offers older people support with loneliness including a 24-hour helpline which is available 365 days a year. It also offers a befriending service to combat loneliness. Visit their website here.
Good Neighbours Network
The Good Neighbours Network is a collection of over 120 local groups run by local people for local people, all offering a helping hand to others in their community. The groups provide both practical help with tasks and emotional help though befriending schemes and an expanding range of social activities, from film clubs to bike clubs. Many offer much-needed transport to medical appointments or a hand with the shopping. There are also two Dementia cafes in the Network. All the groups aim to reach out to isolated people and deliver what is needed in their community. Find a list of groups in Hampshire on the Good Neighbours website.
Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind has practical tips to help you manage feelings of loneliness as well as information about other places you can to go for support. Visit the Mind website.
The Samaritans provide a free listening service, with no judgement or pressure and they will help you work through what’s on your mind. If you need advice or specialist support for a specific issue, they have a list of specialist organisations, including their contact details, which you may find helpful. Visit the Samaritans website to find out more about how they can help. You can also call them free on 116 123.
Wavelength provides media technology to lonely people living in poverty. For people who are lonely, a simple radio or television can feel like a lifeline. Visit the Wavelength website here to find out how you can apply for help.
When you’re suffering from bereavement, you will often suffer from loneliness as the friendship you and your partner had with other couples might disappear. You might also feel isolated in your grief and feel that nobody else can understand what you’re going through.
The Way Foundation (Widowed And Young)
The Way Foundation is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under who have lost their partner. Way offers a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who’s lost a partner before their 51st birthday – married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation. Visit the Way Foundation website to find out more.
Cruse offers telephone, email and website support for people of all ages who have been bereaved. Their national freephone helpline number is 0808 808 1677 and there are also local services as well as a website – hopeagain.org.uk – specifically for children and young people. Visit the Cruse website for more information.
Bereavement and End of Life Care
Information and links to Hampshire services for bereavement and end of life care can be found on the Hampshire County Council Mental Wellbeing Hampshire and Connect to Support Hampshire End of Life Care and Bereavement webpages.
Safeguarding and You
Do you know what your role in safeguarding is? Safeguarding is for everyone. It’s not just about knowing your role in an employment setting but also about knowing your role as a human being in everyday life to promote safer cultures in the community. Today we want to highlight that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and that everyone needs to play their part to create safer cultures effectively.
The Ann Craft Trust’s KnowHow NCVO Safeguarding Hub can be accessed here.
Learn more about your role in safeguarding at the Ann Craft Trust’s website here
Sports and activity clubs are at the centre of communities. More information more about safeguarding in sport can be found here.
The Power of Language in Safeguarding Practice: read the Ann Craft Trust’s blog here.
Explore the terminology resource from Sporting Equals here.
Read the guidance from Victim Support and The Children’s Society about appropriate language when working with young people subject to sexual exploitation here.
Language Creates Reality: how Becca’s community project is revolutionising language use in health and social care. Find out more here.
End the Awkward – it can be difficult to know how to talk about disability. Explore these free resources that offer support and advice to help end the awkward!
The words we use can help us to build more positive cultures.
Jargon isn’t just confusing. It can also leave people feeling excluded and isolated.
Inclusive and accessible language can widen participation in services, organisations and communities.
Good communication is a two-way street. Don’t just aim to be understood. Aim to understand others too and ensure that everyone who wants to talk can have their say.
If you are worried about an adult, please telephone Southampton Adult Social Care: 023 8083 3003 or call the Police: 101 or in an emergency dial 999