Police support SAFE Week events

05 Jun 2017 14:09 PM

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Police are supporting a multi-agency week of events aimed at raising awareness about protecting vulnerable people from abuse and harm.

The SAFE Week initiative - Safeguarding Awareness For Everyone - which runs June 5 -11, sees a range of community events in the region to focus on safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.

The initiative organised by local authorities sees partners working together to highlight issues from domestic abuse to Child Sexual Exploitation, and to encourage people to seek the help they need if they suffer abuse or harm.

The week will focus on a range of issues including summer safety,  domestic abuse, neglect, mental health issues and sexual exploitation.

Neighbourhood officers in North Tyneside will be at an information stall at the White Swan Customer First Centre in Killingworth on Tuesday June 6, from 10am to noon, and will also be at the Langdale Centre, in Wallsend on Thursday, June 8, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: "We're pleased to support SAFE week and attend events to offer advice to people. We want to encourage residents to come along and pop in and visit our officers with any concerns or queries they may have.  We're happy to help.

"Safeguarding vulnerable people and ensuring they get the support they need is a priority for Northumbria Police. We also want everyone to be alert to this important issue and to make sure they report any abuse they are made aware of."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, said: “People of all ages often don’t realise when they are vulnerable and they can get into situations through no fault of their own.  Northumbria Police has a duty to look after them, whatever the circumstance, and working with partners and ensuring our officers are doing everything they can to protect vulnerable people is a top priority of mine. I congratulate this campaign, which is highlighting some very important issues such as domestic abuse and sexual exploitation, and I give it my full support.

Anyone with concerns about abuse or crime issues should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.