New Joint Chair of the local Safeguarding Adults Board highlights the importance of safeguarding

This Safeguarding Week (21 – 25 June) BCP Council and Dorset Council are working together with the newly appointed Joint Independent Chair of the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board and the Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Safeguarding Adult Boards, Siân Walker, to highlight the importance the role of safeguarding plays.

Siân Walker describes:

“Safeguarding adults with care and support needs is fundamental to everything we do – it is everyone’s business.

“It is the most important role we have both in the public and the voluntary sector and having the opportunity to lead and oversee continuously improving practice in the two local authorities is a great opportunity.

“It is very important to me that we listen to the voices of those people who have experienced safeguarding interventions and find and improve ways to engage with them to deliver better services.”

Cllr Karen Rampton, BCP Council Portfolio Holder for Adults said:

“This safeguarding week, we would like to remind people that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

“Vulnerable adults such as those with disabilities, the elderly, and anyone who is unable to protect themselves against abuse or neglect require just as much safeguarding as children and young people.

“We welcome Siân to her new role as Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board and we look forward to working together to continue to work to protect our local communities.”

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Adult social care and health added:

“We work extremely hard to make sure everyone in Dorset lives as safely and independently as possible. Abuse can take many forms and can happen to anyone, at any time. The Safeguarding Adults Boards are there to monitor and review safeguarding practices and develop ways of working, which will improve ability to support Dorset residents across the community to live a life free from abuse.

“Sian brings a wealth of experience to the role and we’re excited to welcome her to her new role”

See Siân talk about her new role and the importance of safeguarding here:

Find out more about safeguarding and reporting abuse in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area here

Find out more about safeguarding and reporting abused in the Dorset Council area here

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