Find out more about the support available across the Wigan Borough for the victims of
neglect and/or abuse of older people by visiting Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, on Friday
15th June, as it becomes home to awareness raising stalls providing helpful advice to
Adult Safeguarding means that local authorities, police and other agencies involved with
adults who might be at risk of abuse have a duty of care to ensure that procedures are in
place, that encourage reporting of suspected abuse, and take action to stop the abuse.
Wigan Safeguarding Adults Board is an independently led partnership which holds these
agencies to account this duty of care.
After successfully raising awareness of elder abuse for the past two years, Wigan
Safeguarding Adult Board, Wigan Council (Public Health), Wigan and Leigh Pensioners Link,
Age UK Wigan Borough and Alzheimer’s Society (Wigan) will team up again to host a
information stalls based on the ground floor of Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, on World
Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Action on Elder Abuse report that an estimated 800,000 older people are abused each year
in the UK, with both men and women being at risk of abuse. Mistreatment can be physical,
psychological, mental, sexual, financial, Domestic and neglectful.
Dr Paul Kingston, the Independent Chair of WSAB says “Neglect or abuse of older people is
something which is a real issue nationally and preventing it happening at all is a high priority for Wigan Safeguarding Adults Board. The Board oversees systems and approaches
delivered by a broad range of agencies to both identify and prevent neglect or abuse
wherever it might happen. This partnership approach is key in keeping everyone across
Wigan Borough safe”
Staff will be on hand from 10am until 2pm, at the stalls in the shopping centre, providing in depth advice on the help available for those who may be suffering abuse. There will also be
support on what to do if someone you know is being abused and information from Action
on Elder Abuse, a national charity which works to prevent the abuse of vulnerable older
This year Action on Elder Abuse are asking people to promise to prevent and stop elder
abuse wherever they can; to never knowingly break the trust of an older person; to learn as much as possible about elder abuse and to educate work colleagues, friends and family
about elder abuse.