April to June 2018

Spreading the message on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

We continue in our mission to raise awareness of elder abuse in all its forms and the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15th June provides an important platform for the charity. This year to mark WEAAD we delivered information sessions to South East Fermanagh Foundation and to staff from the Safeguarding Steering Group in Ards and North Down Borough Council.

We were delighted to provide a key note address at the Southern Local Adult Safeguarding Partnership WEAAD event on the theme of Financial Abuse Matters.

"The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important. Let us strengthen our resolve to end this problem as part of our broader efforts to create a life of dignity for all."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Elder Abuse Response - The Solution is in Your Hands

We have now celebrated the first anniversary of the Northern Ireland based Helpline service. In our first year alone a staggering 49% of calls related to financial abuse ranging from abuse of Power of Attorney to family members stealing thousands from their elderly relatives.

We are now in our second year of delivering this important service with local responses to local people and we continue to support older people and concerned family members and friends through the Helpline. We have achieved some significant positive safeguarding outcomes for older people ranging from making referrals to statutory agencies, securing legal advice for older people at risk, and providing advice and support to older people on self protection.

If you are concerned about elder abuse, or are worried about an older person, call our confidential and free phone service, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 080 8808 8141.

Prevention and Protection in Partnership

"Adult safeguarding will be most effective when it has the full support of the wider public and of safeguarding partners across the statutory, voluntary, community, independent and faith sectors working together and delivered in a way where roles, responsibilities and lines of accountability are clearly defined and understood". Adult Safeguarding: Prevention and Protection in Partnership 2015

We believe effective prevention can only be achieved when everyone works together. We continue our membership of strategic regional adult safeguarding fora including the Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership (NIASP) and Independent Domestic Abuse Advisory Group and have, for the second year running, provided an input on the 'Collaborative Working' module for the regional Adult Safeguarding Programme for Social Workers.

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Public Policy Matters

Too often the voice and experience of older people is absent from public policy. We continue to represent the views of older victims of abuse. In the past few months we have met with the Criminal Justice Inspectorate for Northern Ireland as part of their inspection into the care and treatment of victims and witnesses by the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland. We welcome these opportunities to share our expertise and the experiences of older people when they engage with our processes.