Safeguarding Adults Week: A message from our CEO – Katherine Shepherd

This week is Safeguarding Adults Week.  It gives organisations such as The Mustard Tree the opportunity to share why safeguarding for adults is an important part of our work and to encourage conversations on the importance of keeping adults safe.

Safeguarding is about enabling people to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.  Through safeguarding we are able to ensure that we have done all that we can to protect others.

Safeguarding begins with training.  All staff and volunteers at the Mustard Tree are trained in Safeguarding for Adults to Level 1.  I have also trained over 90 people from different organisations so far this year with more sessions planned in December.  This shows our ongoing commitment to provide support for adults at risk in our communities.

Through our work, we sadly come across safeguarding issues with both young people and adults; because of our commitment and training, we are able to identify and act upon those situations.  Through the reach of our partnerships, organisations work together to ensure that every individual is supported.

It is important to look out for others in our community who are vulnerable, or may be at risk of harm. The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board website contains more information about safeguarding across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham:

“If you think that someone is at risk, raise an alarm. Everyone can make a difference.” (The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board)

Katherine Shepherd – CEO The Mustard Tree Foundation (Reading)