A special event highlighting ways to tackle the issue of cold callers targeting vulnerable people is the centrepiece of this year’s Safeguarding Adults for Everyone (SAFE) week in Northumberland.
The information session, being led by Northumberland Safeguarding Adults and Community Safety Services, will include advice and information on how people can keep safe, how people can manage cold calls or pressure to buy unsolicited services and actions they can take if they feel they have been subject to such attention.
It follows a motion passed by full council last month where members agreed Northumberland County Council would hold an information session about the pro-active work the council and its partners do to protect the elderly and most vulnerable.
It was also agreed that County Council political group leaders would write urging the County’s MPs to pursue the promises made by central government on these issues.
The SAFE Week – from Monday, November 2, to Friday, November 6 – is now in its second year.
It sees councils across the North of Tyne join forces to make people aware of the huge impact adult abuse can have on individuals and the support that is available to help them take action.
During the week, Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils will be working together on a range of events including a zip wire slide across the Tyne Bridge, a schools presentation and a series of coffee mornings to highlight the role everyone can play in protecting vulnerable adults.
Northumberland County Council’s policy board member for adult care and public health, Coun Susan Dungworth said: “Northumberland has the largest percentage of older people in the country and that’s why we lead the way in protecting our elderly and at risk people.
“Cold calling, cold texting and e-mails are an increasing problem where people are being pestered and even targeted for cash and we’re determined to help tackle this issue.
“As a council we are ahead of the game in many areas such as safeguarding, working with the police and Trading Standards and this a great opportunity to bring forward new ideas for future development and further increase awareness with partner organisations.”
For more information on adult safeguarding visit www.northumberland.gov.uk
Anyone wishing to raise a safeguarding concern can call 01670 536400. If someone is at immediate risk, call 999 for the emergency services.