Bradford District launches Safeguarding Week 2014 (2 Oct 2014)

Bradford will launch a week of activities to focus on the extensive work undertaken by the Council and many other partner organisations to safeguard children, young people and adults on Monday, 6 October 2014.

Bradford Safeguarding Children and Adults boards are coordinating the programme which runs from Monday, 6 to Friday, 10 October. Safeguarding Week has been growing for a number of years and is an innovative approach to raising awareness about safeguarding and supporting integrated working.

The week brings together organisations and agencies from across the Bradford District to provide learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers who work to safeguard adults and children.

The week also provides an opportunity for schools and colleges to showcase work and performances they have developed around safeguarding issues including bullying, keeping safe online, and forming safe relationships.

The launch event on 6 October takes place in City Hall and City Park. It will include live performances and presentations and will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, strategic leaders, managers and practitioners from across the district.

Activities at the launch event include 'Ignite', a group of pupils from Tong School who will perform "Block, Report, Delete, Get Help!" which focuses on how young people can tackle online abuse.

Other activities include 'In my shoes', a DVD presentation on domestic violence survivors' experiences, and a piece by students from Bradford College Performing Arts students on the theme of safeguarding.

The keynote speaker will be Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of the charity Karma Nirvana, who will be speaking about the changes in the law regarding forced marriage.

The event will close with the launch of the UN GIFT box in City Park. UN GIFT box is an innovative project created by STOP THE TRAFFIK and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and was first launched during the 2012 London Olympics. The UN GIFT box will be in City Park from Monday, 6 October to Friday, 10 October and is open from 11am - 4pm. UN GIFT box is hosted by the Soroptomist International of Yorkshire who are working in partnership with STOP THE TRAFFIK.

Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children's Services, said: "We view safeguarding as the most important responsibility we have. Holding a week of activities dedicated to developing the skills and knowledge of staff who work in this vital area is an important way in which we can share best practice amongst different agencies."

Jonathan Phillips, Independent Chair of the Bradford Safeguarding Adults Board, said: "Abuse is an issue that can affect anyone and we know many people suffer silently. This week helps us to raise awareness of ways in which we can help make the lives of adults and children safer."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Safeguarding Week is a really important initiative for the Bradford District and across West Yorkshire. It brings together professionals from different areas and supports an integrated approach to safeguarding. Initiatives such as the UN GIFT box also highlight the work being undertaken to tackle some of the wider issues faced by our society including human trafficking."

Cllr Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and Chair of the Bradford Community Safety Partnership, said: "Safeguarding is everybody's business. The whole community has a role to play in making the district a safer place to live and work. Safeguarding week provides an important way in which we can make practice more effective."

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