Stop Adult Abuse Week is a local initiative that started in 2014 when a number of Local Safeguarding Adult Board Communications Groups in the South West decided to join together to run a week to focus attention on Safeguarding. Each area chose a week to run a series of communications and events to promote safeguarding called Stop Adult Abuse Week. Now in its third year we have learnt that small local events work better than public stalls. We have also identified that providing materials gathered from good practice over the last two years will help agencies to get involved.
In Bristol the theme of Stop Adult Abuse Week is 'Mate Crime', and this topic will be part of the basis for the BSAB Annual Conference 2018 held on Tuesday 12th June. Mate Crime refers to a type of disability hate crime where individuals pretend to be friends with an adult in order to exploit them. You can download a leaflet on Mate Crime here. The BSAB recently published a thematic review of practice related to Mate Crime across the city, which you can read here.
Things you can do in your service to help people to become more aware of Mate Crime might include:
- Add the above banner to your email address for the week
- Talk to people about mate crime and explain what a true friendship looks like - the above leaflet might help.
- Attend the conference at BAWA – if you cannot attend you can ask BSAB for a copy of the power-point presentations by contacting us
- Show your support to highlight Mate Crime and promote ‘Stop Adult Abuse Week’ through social media - get in touch with us on Twitter using the handle @bristollsab.
We hope you can join us for the BSAB conference on 12th June, or help promote Stop Adult Abuse week in your own organisations.