National Safeguarding Week

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2020

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2020 will take place from Monday 16 – Sunday 22 November.

This years key themes:

  • Monday – Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Tuesday –Adult Grooming
  • Wednesday – Understanding Legislation
  • Thursday – Creating Safer Places
  • Friday – Organisational Abuse
  • Saturday – Sport & Activity
  • Sunday – Safeguarding in Your Community

For more information please visit the Ann Craft Trust website

Safeguarding Adults Week 2019 Reaches More Than 5 Million

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2019 took place 18-24 November.

For the 2019 National Safeguarding Adults Week, the Ann Craft Trust collaborated with The SAB Manager Network and The University of Nottingham. They aimed to create a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults – so we can be better, together.


Find out what our partner organisations did to support National Safeguarding Week:

The Royal Surrey Adult Safeguarding team:

‘Our latest team of the week is our amazing Adult Safeguarding Team’. There are three members of the team; however they work closely alongside a number of other teams including: Adult Social Care, Children’s and Midwifery Safeguarding, Tissue Viability, Falls Nurses, Dementia and Learning Disability Nurses, and Adult Community Health Leads. Outside of the Trust the team work closely with the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board, the Police, Domestic Abuse Outreach and many other agencies.

The main focus of the team is to support patients and staff that are experiencing or are at risk of harm or abuse. As such, the team provide training, develop strategies and policies, and provide informal supervision. The team also ensure any external enquires into any concerns raised about care provided by the Trust are answered. They also provide many quality assurance reports and use these to prioritise and develop future service delivery.

Elaine Penfold, Safeguarding Adults Lead, said, “The referral rate is steadily increasing, as is the complexity of cases referred. So, although safeguarding traditionally focuses on abuse of the older person and male to female domestic abuse, it is encouraging to see increasing awareness and reporting of newer types of abuse across the Trust, including modern slavery, cuckooing, radicalisation, LGBTQ+ and male survivors of domestic abuse.

The role can be complex and varied but it is ultimately satisfying to be able to make a meaningful impact on someone’s life and to be able to make safeguarding personal.”

The team recently held a Safeguarding Conference, organised by Jenny Watkins, Safeguarding Adults Nurse Lead, which was well received and evaluated by the 75 staff from a range of disciplines who attended.

Elaine Welch has also been working closely with leads from across the Trust to establish a group of Domestic Abuse Champions and develop access to domestic abuse resources.

In addition to this Elaine has graduated from the University of Birmingham with a MSc in Senior Healthcare Leadership and achieved the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Award – well done, Elaine!

This week marks National Safeguarding Adults Week, and as such the team are supporting White ribbon day and the Mental Health Conference.

Lastly, they are in the process of developing a number of new initiatives which they hope to launch in the new year, including a streamlined referral process, a safeguarding supervision strategy, increased support for staff members, and all members of the community, including LGBTQ+, who are experiencing Domestic Abuse. What a brilliant team, and a well-deserved team of the week!

The Surrey and Sussex Hospital Safeguarding Adults Team also held a stall sharing information in the hospital.


Waverley and Woking Borough Councils, displayed our posters, leaflets and twitted posts through out the week.

Elmbridge Borough Council, took advantage of the high levels of footfall into their Community Centres around the borough.


The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board have produced a number of advertising materials these include: