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Corporate Safeguarding Policy

Published: 10/02/2017

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will review a report on the Council’s corporate safeguarding and will be asked to approve a draft policy for wider consultation when it meets next week. Safeguarding is a wider concept than the protection of children and adults and deals with the promotion of: • Physical, emotional and mental health; • Protection from harm and neglect; • Education, training and leisure; • Contribution to society. Whilst Social Services leads on corporate safeguarding, it is the responsibility of all services across the Council. The Council’s responsibilities for safeguarding are set out in legislation including the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management, Councillor Billy Mullin, said: “Flintshire is committed to its responsibilities and has taken positive steps by establishing an internal Corporate Safeguarding Panel to ensure that there are robust arrangements in place for protecting children, young people and adults. “The Panel has already undertaken a self-assessment and has set out actions in its work programme which are both innovative and forward-thinking. These include: developing a full Corporate Safeguarding policy, introducing safeguarding training aimed at all employees and elected members and producing an annual safeguarding report to Cabinet and Scrutiny Committees, with a clear set of performance indicators to measure success. “Once approved by Cabinet, the draft policy will go out for wider consultation.” The Panel is jointly chaired by the Chief Officer, Social Services and Chief Officer, Education and Youth and is made up of a designated Safeguarding Lead from every Portfolio. The Cabinet Member, Social Services and Cabinet Member, Corporate Management are also members of this Panel.