Derby citizens are being urged to check-in with their elderly neighbours, friends or relatives as part of a campaign to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, Saturday 15 June.

There were over 1300 safeguarding adult referrals made to Derby City Council for the over 65s last year, including financial, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect. 927 of these referrals went on to full enquiries.

Those who experience adult abuse may include people who cannot protect themselves due to their age or because they have a physical or learning disability, or mental health needs.

Councillor Roy Webb, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Housing said:

“Safeguarding and protecting adults from abuse is one of the most important responsibilities the Council has and something we take very seriously.  Safeguarding is not something that any one organisation can do on its own and everyone has a responsibility to ensure that people are safe and protected.  This campaign is a timely reminder for all of us to think about our own personal and moral responsibility for keeping people safe, including our friends and neighbours, and letting them know you are there for them and being someone they can turn to if help is required”.

Allan Breeton, Independent Chair of the Derby Safeguarding Adults Board, said:

“The first step in preventing abuse and neglect is to have a conversation, so maybe go and have a cuppa with your elderly neighbour, take time to make a phone call to your elderly parents to check that they’re ok, or go out for lunch with your elderly friend. Social contact from a friendly face is the easiest step we can take to prevent abuse and neglect from occurring.”

Derby City Council has a dedicated Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Team and comprehensive range of services designed to support adults and to prevent instances of abuse and neglect. If you feel you may need support, or know of someone who does, please contact Derby Adult Social Care on 01332 640777

You can also contact Derby’s out of hours emergency social care service on 01332 786968 and in an emergency phone 999.

Find out more about adult abuse and the Derby Safeguarding Adults Board.