Essex County Council’s Safeguarding Essex Annual Report released
17 May 2012
Essex County Council has today released it’s Safeguarding Essex Annual Report which highlights the work achieved by the Adult Safeguarding team.
The report, which was presented to the Community and Older People Policy and Scrutiny Committee this morning, shows an increase in the number of safeguarding referrals which reflects the hard work of many Essex public agencies including ECC to raise awareness of safeguarding issues at all levels. This includes a promoting a telephone helpline (ASKSAL) to enable members of the public to refer any concerns for investigation. In addition these figures highlight the greater vigilance in preventing abuse from going undetected by the public sector staff and general public.
The report highlights the ongoing partnership work between ECC and other public sector bodies, such as hospitals, the police and social care providers. Public sector bodies are now able to work together better due to the ability to share data.
In addition the Safeguarding Essex team have been specifically working with Essex Trading Standards to address an increase in allegations made against “other/professional workers” such as builders and door to door salesman.
The team are also now actively gathering feedback from service users which helps to ensure the service is acting effectively and is a positive step in better understanding of what it feels like to be part of the safeguarding experience.
Essex County Councillor John Aldridge, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adults Social Care, said: “I would like to congratulate the great work of the Safeguarding Essex team over the last year. I am particularly pleased to see that more people are reporting abuse reflecting the fact that Essex is a county where people are vigilant and will not tolerate poor care or neglect, especially of the vulnerable.”
Essex County Councillor Bill Dick, Chairman of the Community and Older People Policy & Scrutiny Committee, said: “Safeguarding Essex work to encourage people to raise concerns to ensure vulnerable adults in the county are kept safe. The Committee congratulates the team on another year of excellent work. The Committee would wish management structures in the Adult’s and Children’s Services be brought together to reflect an all-age safeguarding ethos.”
Anyone with a safeguarding concern can contact the ASKSAL telephone line on 0845 66 66 63.