New scheme holds the key to keeping vulnerable adults safe
Monday, 2 December
A new scheme aimed at keeping vulnerable adults in Norfolk safe is proof that sometimes simple ideas are the best.
The ‘Key to Keep You Safe’ scheme has been launched by the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board, which includes representatives from Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Constabulary and local health organisations. Key fobs have been produced which have the 24-hour Norfolk County Council phone number to report adult social services emergencies (0344 800 8020) printed on one side. On the other side, there is space for an ‘in case of emergencies’ number, which could belong to a relative or friend, to be filled in.
The key fobs are targeted at vulnerable adults who may have, for example, decreased mobility, poor memory or who may get easily distracted and confused. They can be attached to a key ring and if people carrying one become distressed or have a fall, the key fob will allow members of the public to quickly get in touch with both a personal contact and professionals who will be able to help.
Ten thousand key fobs have been produced, fully funded by partners of the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board, and some have already been distributed to people who may benefit from them. (more…)