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New awareness campaign highlights the importance of safeguarding adults at risk of abuse

As part of the first National Safeguarding Adults Week (19-25 November), launched to promote the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of adults across the UK, a series of events are being held aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by adults with learning disabilities or autism, and sharing resources and good practice. Each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding risks and Ann Craft Trust will be releasing resources and information about each topic.

Topics being focused on through the week are:

As part of the week, Dimensions will providing information at the Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding Seminar on Thursday 22nd November. We’ll also be presenting some of the work we have done as part of our #ImWithSam campaign, to tackle learning disability hate crime. The presentation will be led by Dimensions Campaigns Advisor, Mark Brookes and Dimensions Public Affairs Officer, Andie Gbedmah, who both helped deliver training to over 1,000 police officers in Surrey in the reporting of disability or autism hate crime and supporting victims.

Deborah Kitson, CEO of the Ann Craft Trust, says: “We wanted to set up this week to highlight the issues affecting adults at risk. It is important that, not only professionals involved in the care and support of adults, but everyone is aware of the potential risks facing many adults.

About the Network

Led by the Ann Craft Trust, the Network includes members from a range of organisations across the UK that play a role in safeguarding adults at risk from harm and abuse. Alongside Dimensions, members include Sense, Choice Support, Brandon Trust, Advance, HFT, CVT, Voiceability, MacIntyre, and United Response.

To find out more about Safeguarding Adults Week and to view resources, visit the website