15th Dec, 2017

Warwick Hospital signs up to safe places scheme

Leamington Editorial 23rd Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SOUTH Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) is the latest organisation to sign up to the Safe Places scheme.

Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police and the Learning Disability Partnership Board joined forces in 2012 to launch a network of places where people with learning disabilities could go to if they felt unsafe or vulnerable.

National research suggests nine out of ten people with a learning disability have been targeted with verbal harassment or violence and fear of persecution prevents many from going out.

But Warwick Hospital is now the latest location to be added to the growing number of safe places across the county.

Stickers will be displayed in the Lakin Road hospital’s windows so people with learning disabilities know they can go there should they feel vulnerable or threatened at any point.

SWFT director of nursing, Helen Lancaster said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership and want to promote South Warwickshire Foundation Trust as a safe place for vulnerable people.

“We hope other organisations will get involved so a real support network is developed.”

County council spokeswoman for adult social care, Jose Compton added: “It is essential all members of our community feel safe and secure when they are out in Warwickshire.

“People feel safer going out into the community when they know there are Safe Places nearby and I’m delighted Warwick Hospital is part of the scheme.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/safeplaces for information on registered Safe Places or to join the scheme.

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