World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017: Commissioner announces new seminars to help front-line professionals tackle the abuse of older people


The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has announced that she will be running a new series of seminars during 2017-18 that will support front-line staff working across the public and third sectors in safeguarding older people from domestic abuse.

The seminars, which have been awarded the Agored Cymru Quality Mark, a measure of excellence for learning programmes in Wales, will help those taking part to understand the hidden epidemic of domestic abuse, how to identify the signs of abuse, and the kinds of help and support that is available to protect older people.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said: “Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an important reminder not only that significant numbers of older people are the victims of abuse every year, but also of the devastating impact that abuse has on people’s lives.

“It is therefore essential that all of us working within public services do all we can to ensure that there is a systematic and relentless approach to identifying older people at risk of harm and ensuring that those who are abused receive the help they need to regain their safety and wellbeing.

“That’s why I will be holding a series of safeguarding sem

inars for front-line staff – so they will be able to recognise when abuse is taking place and will know what help is available to protect older people.

“I am particularly pleased to have secured such a wide variety of speakers for the seminars, from key organisations working to prevent abused. Each speaker brings significant knowledge and expertise on different aspects of preventing abuse, which will be hugely valuable for the delegates taking part.”

To find out more about the safeguarding seminars, or to book your free place, visit: