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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event back for a second year

Posted on May 2017

Find out more about the support available across Wigan Borough for the victims of neglect and/or abuse of older people.

Adult Safeguarding means that local authorities, police and NHS agencies involved with adults who might be at risk of abuse have a duty of care to ensure that procedures are in place, that they encourage reporting of suspected abuse, and take action to stop the abuse. WSAB is an independently led partnership which holds these agencies to account this duty of care.

After a very successful awareness raising event last year, WSAB, Wigan Council (Public Health), Wigan and Leigh Pensioners Link, Dementia Buddies/Good Deeds Trust (Atherton), Alzheimer’s Society (Wigan) and Age UK Wigan Borough and GMP (Wigan), will team up again to host an information stall based on the ground floor of the Grand Arcade on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Thursday 15 June 2017.

'Action on Elder Abuse' report that over 500,000 older people are abused each year in the UK, with both men and women being at risk of abuse. Mistreatment can be physical, psychological, mental, sexual, financial and neglectful.  

Dr Paul Kingston, the Independent Chair of WSAB says “Neglect or abuse of older people is something which is a real issue nationally and preventing it happening at all is a high priority for Wigan Safeguarding Adults Board. The Board oversees systems and approaches delivered by a broad range of agencies to both identify and prevent neglect or abuse wherever it might happen. This partnership approach is key in keeping everyone across Wigan Borough safe”

So come along to our stall and find out what help there is for those who may be suffering or advice on what to do if you think you know someone who is being abused.”

The stall will include information from Action on Elder Abuse, a national charity which works to prevent the abuse of vulnerable older people and will run from 10am to 2.30pm on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.