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14 August 2018

Latics stars Will Grigg and Reece James show their support for Together Against Abuse at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre.

A powerful campaign has been launched in Wigan Borough urging people to report signs of abuse and neglect.

Residents are being encouraged to spot signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse to help people to recognise when they, or someone they know, might need help and support.

Wigan Safeguarding Children Board and Wigan Safeguarding Adult Board have joined together for the first time for the Together Against Abuse initiative with support from partners including Wigan Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Local Health Trusts and Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust currently work in partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Wigan Council’s domestic violence team to provide a mentoring and intervention programme aimed at young people aged between 8-16 years old who live in households where domestic violence incidents have taken place. The project provides fun recreational activities and domestic violence intervention workshops.

Abuse can take many forms including physical, psychological, domestic or financial abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect including self-neglect and discrimination amongst others.

As part Wigan Council’s Deal scheme, residents are being urged to be the ‘eyes and ears’ in their local community and are encouraged to report any concerns they have about children or adults.

Safeguarding Board partners will communicate the message to communities by touring the borough on Wigan Council’s ‘Deal Bus’ throughout the summer.

The Independent Chair of both Safeguarding Boards, Dr Paul Kingston, highlighted the timeliness of the campaign saying:

“At a time when there are revelations about abuse and neglect at the forefront of society; this campaign is extremely relevant. Safeguarding is not solely the domain of professionals, it is everyone’s business.

“This campaign will inform the public what they can do to stay vigilant, and to report any concerns that they have so that individuals and families living in the borough feel safe and are safe.”

People are being urged not to wait but to report a safeguarding concern by contacting the below:

Wigan Council initial assessment teams

Children and young people: 01942 828300

Adults: 01942 828777

Greater Manchester Police: 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency National Domestic Abuse free 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247

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