Community event set to launch Bradford’s Safeguarding Week 2018

Bradford District's Safeguarding Week launches on Monday 25 June 2018 with a special community event.

The event takes place at Holme Wood Connect in BD4, and will showcase and celebrate activities and projects which local community groups have developed and deliver in the Holme Wood area of Bradford.

Those invited to the launch event will see presentations about the Build a Girl project, which supports young women in Holme Wood; the Buddy Project, an innovative way of supporting young people who are vulnerable; and the MYMUP project, which offers digital health and wellbeing solutions to help communities to self-care, socially interact and promote transformational change in their lives.

The week in Bradford runs from 25 June to 29 June and will see more than 50 events take place which look to offer training and information on safeguarding best practice with an emphasis this year on around the issue of grooming, coercion and control.

The programme of events, workshops and training is brought together by Bradford Safeguarding Children and Bradford Safeguarding Adults Board along with the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Board, with support from a wide partnership including Bradford Council, the police, health, and the voluntary sector.

Safeguarding Week, which began in Bradford and which is now in its seventh year, has now become a West Yorkshire wide initiative, with similar weeks now taking place in Leeds, Calderdale, Wakefield and Kirklees.

David Niven, Chair of the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Safeguarding really is everybody's business. This event demonstrates the positive work that people of all ages and backgrounds do to make their community stronger and safer. It is a fantastic way to launch a Safeguarding Week 2018 and we continue to work with all communities in the year ahead to make Bradford a safer place for our children.”

Jonathan Phillips, Chair of Bradford's Safeguarding Adults Board, said: "Safeguarding week is about all agencies, professionals and communities coming together to raise awareness about what safeguarding is and how people can be supported to lead safe, healthy and happy lives, free from abuse and neglect. I would urge everyone to review the weekly programme and sign up to an event.

"I would personally like to thank all the staff involved in coordinating the week for their excellent work and support to make things happen."

Coun Adrian Farley, portfolio holder for children and families, said: "Every one of us has a role to play in making our district a safe place to live and work. Safeguarding Week is an important way in which we can bring agencies and partners together to share learning and expertise that will keep children and families in our district safer."

Coun Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for healthy people and places, said: "We know that abuse can take many forms and can affect anyone. Safeguarding Week is a great way of bringing those involved in tackling abuse together and raising awareness so we can make our practice more effective and better protect those in our district who are vulnerable."

The full programme and more information about Safeguarding Week 2018 is available at


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