Safeguarding Adults Week 2020

Safeguarding Adults Week 2020

National Safeguarding Communications 2020


Merton Priory Churches are supporting National Safeguarding Adults Week #SafeguardingAdultsWeek to make people aware of the different types of abuse that some people experience.

National Adult Safeguarding week starts on Monday 16 November – is an excellent opportunity to promote adult safeguarding and the work that organisations are doing to protect residents across our community.

Adult safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. The Care Act 2014, describes 10 forms of adult abuse – they are:

  • physical
  • domestic
  • sexual
  • psychological
  • modern slavery
  • neglect
  • discriminatory
  • organisational and
  • self-neglect.


Adults at risk of abuse are people over 18, who are unable to protect themselves due to age, or disability.

Research by Action on Elder Abuse suggests that as many as one in eleven older people in the UK are mistreated or neglected by those they trust the most. Abuse can happen anywhere – in a person’s home, in the street, in a residential or nursing home, at a day centre or resource centre, in a hospital or indeed any place where an adult at risk might be.

The purpose of National Safeguarding Adults Week is to raise awareness about adult abuse, so that everyone can spot the signs and know how to report safeguarding concerns.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID restrictions, we are unable to plan any face to face events or circulate any leaflets or posters.

So, this year we are putting all our hard work into our social media campaign for each days key theme:

  • Monday – Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Tuesday –Adult Grooming
  • Wednesday – Understanding Legislation
  • Thursday – Creating Safer Places
  • Friday – Organisational Abuse
  • Saturday – Sport & Activity
  • Sunday – Safeguarding in Your Community


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Our Safeguarding officer at Christ Church is Karen Warman. Contact Email:

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Hugh Constant, who heads a team based at Trinity House in Southwark. A member of this team can be contacted on 020 7939 9423 (office hours) or 020 3874 6743 (out of hours)

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