Safeguarding is everyone’s business

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Coercive control is an aspect in many areas of safeguarding children, adults and domestic abuse.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s safeguarding team has been working closely with partners in Liverpool: Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board, Citysafe and Liverpool City Council to educate staff around the issues of coercive control and what they can do.

Earlier this year over a 100 staff from our trust, other health partners, local authorities, police and probation met at an event at Aintree Racecourse. The event was hosted by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Merseyside Police.

On the 10 December 2018, to recognise Human Rights Day, we are launching with our partner agencies 7 minute briefing: Coercive Control found here.

On the 1 Feb 2018 Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board will be hosting a spotlight session on coercive control considering its role in domestic abuse, child abuse and radicalisation. Places on the spotlight session can be booked through Liverpool’s “Early Help Directory”. Further information on coercive control can also be found in the directory.

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business and to combat it we all need to understand coercive control to work to maintain individual human rights.