Residents can find out about the valuable work of the Royal Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board via a new website, which is now live.
The board is independent of the council and is made up of a number of different agencies including the NHS, Council, Police, Fire and Ambulance Services and other organisations working across the borough. Its role is to make sure that local safeguarding services are working together and are effective. The new website contains a range of information about how the board achieves this. Readers can also find out what abuse and neglect is and how to report it if they are concerned about someone.
To mark the launch of the new website Greenwich Time spoke to Mark Godfrey, Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board, to get an insight into its role and his work since taking up the position last August.
He said: “In the royal borough, the Safeguarding Adults Board is about working together to prevent abuse and neglect before it happens, and also to ensure that services are investigating and supporting people where this does occur.
“There has been a lot of good work done in the royal borough and we are working so that we see even more progress in the future. I have been the independent chair for almost a year now and there are of course many challenges, but we are creating an even stronger multi-agency approach, involving collaboration with many organisations and other partnerships working on key issues such as sexual exploitation and human trafficking/modern slavery.”
Mark explained further about the board’s approach to safeguarding adults in the royal borough, saying: “The Board aims to promote wellbeing for local people and ensure that the views, wishes, feelings and beliefs are taken into account when there are safeguarding concerns - it's really important that we work to empower people to make their own decisions as much as possible. A further key aim is for the board to actively work with local communities to raise awareness to prevent abuse and neglect, and also to support people to report it wherever it occurs.”
The new website will play a valuable role in the board’s work and Mark explained: “Local people can go online to find out about the board, its work, and my role as the independent chair. It will also prove a vital tool to raising awareness of safeguarding issues and ultimately helping people to live safely and access support when it is required.”
Residents can visit the new website at www.greenwichsafeguardingadults.org.uk