Anti abuse conference in Waterside

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A special event to raise awareness of the abuse of vulnerable people is to be held in Derry next week.

The conference to be held in the Waterfoot Hotel has been arranged by the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) to mark World Elder Abuse Day on June 15.

The Western Trust and those partner organisations which make up the Western Local Adult Safeguarding Partnership (LASP) want the public to show their support and attend their local event to help highlight vulnerable adult abuse. The event will run between 10am and 12 noon and include key speakers and interactive information stands.

The Western LASP is keen to raise awareness of the abusive situations faced by older people, people with mental health issues, learning disability, physical disabilities and those with addictions. The aim is to raise awareness of issues relating to all types of abuse of vulnerable people, help people to recognise abuse and give advice on what to do if they suspect someone is being abused.

“Raising awareness about the potential for abuse to happen is the first positive step in preventing it” said Aidan Gordon, Assistant Director for Adult Safeguarding services for the Western Trust, “LASP is dedicated to safeguarding all vulnerable people from abuse and encourages staff, as well as service users, carers and the general public to be vigilant and report any suspicions they may have. Abuse in any form is totally unacceptable.”