Safeguarding adults in Knowsley

Published on: Tuesday, 22-March-2016

A dedicated team committed to supporting and safeguarding adults at risk of neglect or abuse will join forces with other safeguarding professionals in Knowsley.

A Safeguarding Adults Team has been established within the borough’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), based at Huyton Police Station.

The team will be a single point of contact providing safeguarding support to adults with care and support needs and those at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. It is estimated there are more than 7,000 vulnerable adults in Knowsley.

The team will work closely with agencies such as the police, health and housing providers, ensuring vulnerable people are at the centre of all activity concerning their safety, health and well-being.

Victims of abuse, or those wanting to report the abuse of a vulnerable adult, can contact the team on 0151 443 2600.

The creation of the new team in the MASH followed a review of local safeguarding arrangements including consultations with people who use services, carers, families, providers of services and staff.

Julie Moss, Director of Adult Service at Knowsley Council: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business - we all have a responsibility to ensure that adults with care and support needs are safe and can live without fear of harassment or harm.

“Vulnerable people at risk of abuse may include the elderly and those with a physical or learning disability. They may be at risk from a relative, friend, neighbour, carer – or even a stranger. Abuse can happen anywhere - in a person’s home, a residential or nursing home or in a day centre or hospital.

“It’s simple and easy to report concerns about the welfare of any adult with care or support needs. All safeguarding concerns will be dealt with swiftly and in a responsive way – keeping the adult at the centre of the process.”