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Northumbria Healthcare highlights importance of keeping people safe

Wednesday, 02 October, 2019
Northumbria Healthcare highlights importance of keeping people safe

The importance of keeping people in Northumberland and North Tyneside of all ages safe has been highlighted at a conference hosted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The seventh annual conference brought together multiagency partners to discuss a range of issues including childhood adversity and its impact into adulthood, counter terrorism/extremism as well as criminal exploitation. It also heard from guests including Northumbria Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, David Felton and the family of Alice Ruggles, the young woman who was tragically murdered in 2016 by her ex-boyfriend,.

Paula Shandran, head of safeguarding at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “It was so good to see those who work in safeguarding coming together for a shared purpose. The thought-provoking day was extremely useful and has highlighted the important role we have in protecting vulnerable adults, children and young people in our communities.

“Although it was very emotive to hear from the family of Alice Ruggles, in some way, we can learn from what happened and I’d like to thank them for bravely sharing their story.”

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680