Corporate Safeguarding Policy
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
“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.