Safeguarding Adults conference explores trauma and care

30 September 2019

Professionals, organisations and agencies that provide safeguarding services to Thurrock residents came together recently for the annual Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Board (TSAB) conference.

Taking place on Friday 27 September at Stifford Hall in Grays, the conference was an opportunity for partners to discuss key topics and share best safeguarding practice.

This year's event focused on trauma informed care, which is the process of understanding, recognising and supporting people with the psychological effects of traumatic experiences.

Professionals such as social workers, nurses, psychological workers and the police discussed the impact of trauma, and how to respond sensitively and appropriately. The conference also explored:

  • how our bodies react to difficult experiences such as abuse and neglect
  • how we protect and keep residents safe in ways that focus on the person’s individual needs
  • recognising the psychological effects on professionals
  • existing services that are available to support people to overcome psychological trauma

Cllr Sue Little, Cabinet member for social care, said: "By bringing together our key partners across the adult safeguarding system we have been able to discuss the impacts of trauma and how complex this can be for both our clients and practitioners.

"It is with the help and support of these services, and with the strong sense of collaborative working we have established with them, that we can continue to support adults in Thurrock to live a life free from harm, abuse and neglect."

If you suspect adult abuse is happening to someone you know, don’t wait until you are sure. Report it today by calling Thurrock First on 01375 511 000.

For more information go to the Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Board website.