National Safeguarding Week
‘Safeguarding is everybody’s business’ is the key message to all of Wales’
residents as Safeguarding Boards across Wales, in partnership with Welsh
Government and the National Independent Safeguarding Board prepare to launch
National Safeguarding Week next week (Monday 13 to Friday 17 November).
Working with partners from health, the emergency services, third sector and
others, the Boards plan to raise everyone’s awareness of what safeguarding
means and the many situations in which it can arise.
Safeguarding is about protecting vulnerable children and adults from abuse and
neglect and ensuring their wellbeing. Making sure people are supported to live
full and happy lives is also an important part of safeguarding.
Safeguarding Week will see a range of activities across Wales to which members
of the public and safeguarding professionals are encouraged to attend.
Flintshire County Council is supporting the initiative and has a wide range of
information, advice and training sessions across the county, including the
launch of its Safeguarding Policy, training sessions and daily messages in
schools to include information on CSE (child sexual exploitation) and modern
slavery as well as presentations for council staff on safeguarding. There will
also be information displays at locations throughout Flintshire and we are
asking our employees to wear badges to show support for safeguarding week.
Flintshire County Council Champions of Corporate Safeguarding, Councillors
Christine Jones and Billy Mullin, said:
“The Council has recently agreed a new Corporate Safeguarding Policy that
provides a framework for all of our employees, elected members, volunteers and
contractors to safeguard children and adults.
“We fully support Safeguarding Week which helps raise awareness of safeguarding
issues which include child sexual exploitation, forced marriage, human
trafficking, and serious sexual offences. It is important that we all have
greater awareness of the issues and protect children and adults at risk. Our
key message this week is “Safeguarding is everybody’s’ responsibility” – we all
need to be able to recognise the signs and know how to report them.”
To find out more about safeguarding and for full details of events across North
Wales, please visit: www.northwalessafeguardingboard.wales.