Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) participates in National Safeguarding Adults Week and in 2023 this is 20th – 24th November.  Locally it is used to highlight Sunderland’s Safeguarding Adults Awareness Campaign, coordinated by SSAB. The Board has membership from a range of organisations who help and support people in Sunderland with health, social care and other issues. These organisations want to help people to have a greater awareness of what being safe means.

Sunderland Safeguarding Learning Week 2023

For 2023, we have again teamed up with Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) to deliver a timetable of events (some online, some in person) aimed at professionals, on a range of safeguarding themes.  Events included webinars, briefings and learning opportunities.  Some of these events are being delivered by our Board/Partnership member organisations, and some will be for the whole region, not just Sunderland.  To view the current timetable and book a place on a session, go to the SSCP website here.  

Feedback from participants in the week we ran in 2022 was broadly positive, with increases in learning and knowledge and intentions to positively change practice as a result being highlighted.  

A message from Vanessa Bainbridge, Independent Chair, Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board:

Hello, I’m Vanessa Bainbridge, Independent Chair of Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB), and I’m pleased to be able to speak about Safeguarding Learning Week 2023.

As chair of the SSAB, I’m delighted with all the activity and the hard work from all agencies that has gone into Safeguarding Learning Week, it will be a real opportunity for organisations and staff, at all levels to focus, learn and improve practice – it will also be a chance to allow staff and the public to see the excellent work going on in the city to safeguard children, young people and adults from abuse and neglect.



As part of the week’s activity, you can also view this short video from 2022 of Mike Crozier, Head of Adult Social Care, Sunderland City Council, talking about the importance of multi-agency partnership working through SSAB, keeping people safe, addressing abuse & Making Safeguarding Personal: Multi-Agency Working and Safeguarding Adults (Note: external link to YouTube page)

Safeguarding Resources

Additional resources are show below: these links are for resources that SSAB has developed which organisations can use to raise awareness of safeguarding adults all year round.

Abuse of adults is wrong. Help to keep people safe – your friend, your neighbour, your relative, yourself. Recognise it. Report it. Stop it.



Safeguarding Children and Adults Leaflet 2022

SSAB Poster A – 2022

SSAB Poster B – 2022

The Ann Craft Trust coordinates National Safeguarding Adults Week.  The theme for Safeguarding Adults Week 2023 is ‘Safeguarding Yourself and Others’.   Each day, there will be a focus on a specific topic to facilitate conversations around the theme:

  • Monday – What’s My Role in Safeguarding Adults?
  • Tuesday – Let’s Start Talking: Taking the Lead on Safeguarding in your Organisation
  • Wednesday – Who Cares for the Carers?  Secondary and Vicarious Trauma
  • Thursday – Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach to Safeguarding Adults
  • Friday – Listen Learn, Lead – Co-Production with Experts by Experience

Resources from National Safeguarding Adults Week 2023 can be found on the Ann Craft Trust website: Ann Craft Trust – Safeguarding Adults Week 2023