Safeguarding adults in the deaf community

The Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB) has begun a project this year to try to better support deaf people and people who are hard of hearing to recognise when they, or someone they know, is at risk of harm and abuse, where they can report this to and receive support. There have been a number of articles in the national news about the lack of information available for deaf people in relation to harm and abuse, and we would like to make some improvements in Derbyshire.

We are working with the British Deaf Association (BDA), Communication Unlimited and the North Derbyshire Deaf Forum on this piece of work, as well as Derbyshire County Council Adult Care safeguarding and deaf teams. We would like to involve people in the community who are deaf or hard of hearing in designing the services we offer in the future, which is why we would ask you what you think.

We would like to ask some questions to help us to understand how best we can support you. We will use the feedback to produce some videos, posters and leaflets, which we will share widely across Derbyshire and Derby City. To let us know your views, please complete the safeguarding adults survey, which will be open from 31 July 2019 to 30 September 2019.

Your feedback will help us with designing and planning the design of future resources and support.