Friday's Safeguarding Week Message of the Day

It's Safeguarding Week 20th June – 24th June 2022; help us to improve awareness and understanding of safeguarding adults in Leeds.  

Talk to me, hear my voice

Safeguarding is about people. Listening to them, supporting them, helping them to be safe and live their life in the way they want.  The best way to end Safeguarding Week is with some words from citizens, from the people we are their to support.

"Put yourself in my shoes and think about what it feels like for me to have someone else making decisions about me, and my life, and not listening to what I want to happen.

Then think about what a difference it would make to me:

  • to have someone work properly alongside me – working with me, not doing to me;
  • to really listen to what I want to happen;
  • to focus on my needs and not the needs of the organisation.

Please think about what it feels like for me to have assumptions and judgements made about me, by people I don't know, based on my situation, what has happened to me or what's written in my file.

Then think about what a difference it makes to me:

to be treated as an individual; recognising my strengths and diversity;

  • as someone special;
  • as someone worth your respect; and
  • without judgements and assumptions being made about me.

Please think about what it feels like for me to have had to shout all of my life to be listened to.

Then think about what a difference it makes to me:

  • if you take the time to stop and listen;
  • if you treat me gently;
  • if I don't have to shout.

Put yourself in my shoes and think about what it feels like for me to have my views and lived experience dismissed by someone who thinks they know better.

Then think about what a difference it would make to me:

  • if my lived experience both good and bad was valued;
  • my views were acknowledged and respected; and were
  • not dismissed in a "doctor knows best type of way".

We believe that working in this way will really make a difference to people in Leeds".

These words were written for us by the Touchstone Safeguarding Service User Group. To find out more about citizen messages for practice, and their expectations of us, go to Board's Talk to me, hear my voice webpage.

Our Safeguarding Week, Friday request, is to ask all practitioners and organisations in Leeds to reflect on this Talk to me, Hear my voice message. When you start work next week ask yourself if there are they some things you might to differently based on this message from citizens in Leeds?

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Also; Hear from some of our Board members, as to why safeguarding is so important to them and their organisations.