15 November 2015

“It’s important that our people in Sheffield feel safe. We know that our vulnerable people are more at risk from people who would misuse them and we all need to play our part to keep them safe.”

That’s the view of the Chair of Sheffield Safeguarding Board, Jane Haywood, who is joining the city council and partners in a week of events to raise awareness of how adults can stay safe in Sheffield.

From Monday 20 November to Friday 24 November, teams will be in the Moor Market from 10am to 3pm give information and advice about:

  • Banking scams and financial abuse
  • Online safety
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • How people can help keep themselves and others safe from harm

Information about how to enjoy the internet safely will be given on the Google Digital Garage Bus in the South East of Sheffield in the ASDA car park on Beighton road East on Thursday 23 November from 10am to 4pm, and repeated on Thursday 30 November.

The council’s Trading Standard team will also be giving advice throughout the week about avoiding scammers and rogue traders. They will be at:

  • Wednesday 22 November at Santander in Meadowhall – 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 23 November at Morrisons on Chesterfield Road – 10am-4pm
  •  Friday 24 November at Virgin Money on Fargate – 10am-4pm

Jane Haywood added: “We know there are people who are scammed, who are sexually abused and harmed in other ways. And when people are lonely, isolated and vulnerable, sadly there are others who are only too ready to take advantage of them.

“Everyone can help people stay safe. Whoever you are, you might see something that’s not right. And we want people to know what to do for the best if they see something.”

Sheffield City Council, along with the police and health services, has key role in protecting people at risk of harm. The authority’s adult safeguarding team has organised the week of events to raise the profile of the support available, and to encourage people to report issues if they don’t seem right.

In the past 12 months Sheffield City Council has had concerns raised about the safety of more than 3,000 adults. These have related to physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, financial or material abuse, modern slavery, and neglect, including self-neglect.

Councillor Cate McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council, said: “We want people to get in touch with us and tell us if they’re worried about someone. We will make sure this gets looked into and we’ll do what’s needed to protect them.

“If something doesn’t seem right then speak out. Don’t ignore it – report it. And please come to one of our events, to find out more.”

  • 0114 273 4908 – for advice about adult safeguarding
  • 0114 273 4855 – for advice about children’s safeguarding
  • If you are worried that someone could come to serious harm if something isn’t done very quickly please contact the Police.

Join the Adults Safeguarding Customer Forum and help keep yourself and others safe from abuse.  Speak to us to find out more: Safeguardingadults@sheffield.gov.uk, 0114 273 6870.