NHS Lothian public protection events

A special conference and a week of information road shows will take place next week (12-16 Nov) throughout NHS Lothian.

The events, set-up as part of the NHS Lothian Public Protection framework and action plan, aim to raise awareness of the need to protect people at risk of harm or abuse.

Information stalls will be set up in public areas with staff on hand to answer any questions.

Anne Neilson, Designated Nurse Public Protection, NHS Lothian, said: “These events will help to raise awareness of public protection in relation to the prevention of harm and or abuse of children, young people and adults at risk.

“There will be information available to take away and people will have the opportunity to discuss with staff experienced in this area of work. There is no need to book, people can just come along and have a look at the stalls.”

As well as the information stalls, NHS Lothian will be hosting a multi-agency Public Protection Conference for staff on Tuesday 13 November, at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

The staff conference will set out to explain the progress of the Adult Support & Protection legislation; raise awareness of ways in which adults may experience harm and abuse and provide information on the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in place.

Melanie Hornett, Nurse Director, NHS Lothian, said: “We have a responsibility to protect children, young people and adults who are, or may be, at risk of harm and abuse.

“The conference and road shows will enable staff from health, police, social services, education and voluntary sector services to come together and share knowledge and experience.

“It will help to raise awareness of public protection issues and provide information about the services available to support people affected by these issues.”