On the 10th September 2015, People First NZ hosted a Hui about ‘Safeguarding Adults from Abuse (SAFA)’ in Auckland as part of the Keeping Safe Feeling Safe project.

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The Hui brought together around 40 people from across Government and non-government agencies, the community, people who use services and carers. The aim was to bring people together to talk about a system and framework for safeguarding adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect and who need the support of services to keep themselves safe. There is a real need to work together in a coordinated way to respond to the abuse and neglect of adults with needs for care and support, in particular adults with learning disability.

The Keeping Safe Feeling Safe Working Group is working with Waitematā District Health Board and North Shore Police to establish a ‘Safeguarding Adults from Abuse (SAFA) group’ to do this work.

Bringing everyone together created an opportunity to ask these three questions:

  1. What is your service doing now?
  2. What are the barriers for your service?
  3. What could the Keeping Safe Feeling Safe Safeguarding Adults from Abuse group do to help?

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The Hui had a great turn out with a lot of discussion, networking and actions to follow up on.  It was a great example of the community coming together to address this important area of work.

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Thank you to Auckland Council for your support of support People First NZ with funding for the Hui, and to Spectrum Care for providing the lunch.  The SAFA project is part of the KSFS project supported by Think Differently.

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