Conference focuses on trauma caused by safeguarding issues

Cllr Sue Little (second from right) with keynote figures at the conference, including interim director of children's services Roger Harris. The council has confirmed the search is underway to find a permanent director for that role.

PROFESSIONALS, service providers and agencies from across safeguarding services came together recently for the annual Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Board’s (TSAB) conference.

It took place at Stifford Hall Hotel in Grays, the conference provided partners who deliver services for Thurrock residents with the opportunity to discuss key topics and share best safeguarding practice.

This year’s event focused on trauma informed care, which is the process of understanding, recognising and supporting people with the psychological effects of traumatic experiences.

Professionals such as social workers, nurses, psychological workers and the police discussed the impact of trauma, and how to respond sensitively and appropriately. The conference also explored:

  • How our bodies react to difficult experiences such as abuse and neglect
  • how we protect and keep residents safe in ways that focus on the person’s individual needs
  • recognising the psychological effects on professionals
  • existing services that are available to support people to overcome psychological trauma

Cllr Sue Little, Thurrock Council cabinet member for social care, said: “By bringing together our key partners across the adult safeguarding system we have been able to discuss the impacts of trauma and how complex this can be for both our clients and practitioners.

“It is with the help and support of these services, and with the strong sense of collaborative working we have established with them, that we can continue to support adults in Thurrock to live a life free from harm, abuse and neglect.”

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Among those present at the conference was Roger Harris, currenbty acting as interim head of children’s services in the borough among a number of other responsibilitires. The serach is currently underway to find a new director in the wake of controversy over his appointment.

Despite some rumours and comment on social media to the contrary, Thurrock Council has confirmed that Mr Harris will be be assigned the role on a permanent basis. A spokesperson said: “Recruitment for the role has commenced and the interim arrangements will remain in place until the new Corporate Director of Children’s Services starts.”