Event set to highlight cold-call concerns

Coun Susan Dungworth

Coun Susan Dungworth

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A special event highlighting ways to tackle the issue of cold callers targeting vulnerable people is the centrepiece of this year’s Safeguarding Adults for Everyone (SAFE) week in Northumberland.

The information session, being led by Northumberland Safeguarding Adults and Community Safety Services, will include advice and information on how people can keep safe, how people can manage cold calls or pressure to buy unsolicited services and actions they can take if they feel they have been subject to such attention.

The county council’s cabinet member for adult care and public health, Coun Susan Dungworth, said: “Northumberland has the largest percentage of older people in the country and that’s why we lead the way in protecting our elderly and at risk people.”

It follows a motion passed by full council last month where members agreed the authority would hold an information session about the proactive work the council and its partners do to protect the elderly and most vulnerable.

It was also agreed that county council political group leaders would write urging the county’s MPs to pursue the promises made by central government on these issues.

The SAFE Week, which starts today and runs until Sunday, is now in its second year. It sees councils across the North of Tyne area join forces to make people aware of the huge impact adult abuse can have on individuals and the support that is available to help them take action.

Anyone wishing to raise a safeguarding concern can call 01670 536400. If someone is at immediate risk, call 999 for the emergency services.