National Safeguarding Week
â€˜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" â€“ 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.