Safeguarding Adults in Week 2020 – Focus on Safeguarding Adults in Sport

How time flies during a pandemic!

16-22 November is Safeguarding Adults Week in England, coordinated by ACT.

And as luck would have it, the National Safeguarding Week in Wales is the same week.

This will be the third time we’ve coordinated Safeguarding Adults Week. The weeks have gone from strength to strength with sport and activity organisations really getting behind them on social media. Head here to read more about last year’s week and get some ideas for this year.

So if you haven’t done so already, please sign up to get updates and information about the week. You can also download the poster to show your commitment.

Themes and Areas of Focus

Every year, we use Safeguarding Adults Week to draw attention to certain key safeguarding themes.

Here are the themes for 2020:

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

Throughout the week we will be sending out information related to these themes and highlighting good practice.

Though we’re focusing on Safeguarding in Sport & Activity on the Saturday, every theme relates to sport and activity in some way.

Monday – Safeguarding and Wellbeing

The principle of wellbeing is a key theme in safeguarding legislation and is central to sport and activity.

Take part in our online sport participation forum to have your say on safeguarding adults.

Tuesday – Adult Grooming & Exploitation

Grooming is a form of abuse that involves manipulating someone until they are isolated, dependent, and more vulnerable to exploitation. People may think that grooming only applies to children. However, we are developing our understanding in how adults can be groomed. We’re also looking into how an exploitative relationship can lead to other types of harm, such as financial abuse and modern day slavery.

Wednesday – Understanding Safeguarding Legislation

People often ask us to clarify certain aspects of safeguarding legislation. The laws around safeguarding adults can feel quite different to legislation applying to children. This day will help you to understand the relevance of legislation to your work.

Thursday – Creating Safer Places

Safeguarding Adults is everybody’s business. Think about how you can create a safer space within your organisation. And in the afternoon, we invite you to attend our AGM and a seminar on safeguarding and racism. Head here to sign up.

Friday – Organisational Abuse

This follows on from the theme on Thursday, We’ll be discussing various real-life cases at our AGM. But if you can’t make it, head here to read our essential primer on organisational abuse.

Saturday – Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity

What sort of activities can you organise for your organisation to show your commitment to safeguarding adults in sport?

Sunday – Safeguarding in Your Community

Think about how your organisation fits in with other community organisations. Are you linking in with Safeguarding Adults Boards’ partnership events?

What Are Your Plans For Safeguarding Adults Week?

So get 16-22 November in your diaries and spread the word among your colleagues.

Also, please use the hashtag #SafeguardingAdultsWeek and let us make the week even more successful.