Safeguarding Adults Week 2023
During Safeguarding Adults Week 2023, we are focusing on how you can prioritise the welfare and wellbeing of yourself and others.
There’s a strong link between safeguarding and mental and physical wellbeing. If someone’s wellbeing is suffering, they may consider certain actions that put them at risk. The concept of ‘wellbeing’ is threaded throughout UK legislation and is part of the Law about how health and social care is provided. Our wellbeing includes our mental and physical health, our relationships, our connection with our communities and our contribution to society. Being able to live free from abuse and neglect is a key element of wellbeing.
Any actions taken to safeguard an adult must take their whole wellbeing into account and be proportionate to the risk of harm. We work with people to understand what matters to them and consider their beliefs, views and feelings when offering support.
We would like to encourage you to think about what wellbeing means to you and what this means for the people you support during Safeguarding Adults Week 2023.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff, volunteers, and individuals within The Methodist Church.
Creating a safer organisational culture is vital in promoting the wellbeing of staff, volunteers, and the people they support. It is important that our Churches are a place where everyone is confident their concerns are welcomed, listened to, and addressed appropriately.
We encourage continuous learning and reflection and lead with positive actions and values to ensure members have the confidence to challenge and instigate change.
We want to encourage people to reflect on the culture in their Church: what is working well in terms of promoting the wellbeing of people within the church, or what could be improved?
We will be hosting a Zoom session for Safeguarding Officers to discuss these ideas further and would welcome people sharing good practice about what is working well in their church. You can register for this session below.