Safeguarding week on the agenda for agencies across North Wales
Public social care and health organisations across North Wales will be doing their bit to promote this year’s National Safeguarding Week (November 12-16), with a mixture of training and information events.
Events being held across North Wales during the week include sessions on self-harm awareness, safeguarding children, modern day slavery and adults at risk.
One of the highlights of the week is a day - long conference where staff working for the various agencies get together to learn about good practice in safeguarding, sharing case studies and learning from each other.
Jenny Williams, Director of Social Services at Conwy Council, who also chairs the North Wales Safeguarding Board, said: “National Safeguarding Week has long established itself as a great opportunity to highlight the good work going on nationally to improve people’s well-being, but to also inform the public on what they should do if they have any concerns.
“Children and adults at risk regularly access a range of our services and safeguarding is a responsibility for us all. If people have the slightest concern about a child or adult at risk, then in must be reported. It’s very much a case of better being safe than sorry.
“All partner agencies have a clear role to play in ensuring that all staff are fully aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and where / how they should report their concerns. The North Wales region is pleased to be supporting this year’s national campaign.
Further information is available on the North Wales Safeguarding Board’s website: www.northwalessafeguardingboard.wales.
Safeguarding adults, young people and children is a priority for the Council; the Council take seriously its responsibilities to keep people safe. Safeguarding includes everything a Council can do to keep people safe, including minimising the risk of harm and accidents, taking action to tackle safety concerns and ensuring people grow up and live in safe circumstances. We all need to know what abuse is, how to recognise it, and that we all have a shared responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk.
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Abuse comes in many forms and more than one type of abuse may be happening at the same time. The following are some examples of abuse:
Often controlled and maltreated, victims are forced into crimes such as cannabis cultivation or pick pocketing against their will.
Victims are forced to carry out housework and domestic chores in private households with little or no pay, restricted movement, very limited or no free time and minimal privacy often sleeping where they work. As it takes place in private households it is a deeply hidden form of exploitation.
Having money or property stolen, being pressured into giving people money or changing a will, misuse of benefits, not being allowed access to money.
Victims are forced to work against their will, often working very long hours for little or no pay in dire conditions under verbal or physical threats of violence to them or their families.
Victims medical or physical care needs are ignored, food or drink is withheld, not allowing access to appropriate health or social services, being left in wet or dirty clothes.
Being hit or slapped, being given the wrong medication on purpose, being locked in or force-fed.
Being threatened, not being given choices, being bullied or isolated from other people.
Involves the exploitation of susceptible people who are drawn into violent extremism by radicalisers often using a persuasive rationale and charismatic individuals to attract people to their cause. The aim is to attract people to their reasoning, inspire new recruits and embed their extreme views and persuade vulnerable individuals of the legitimacy of their cause.
Being touched or kissed when it is not wanted, being made to touch or kiss someone else, being raped, being made to listen to sexual comments or forced to look at sexual acts, or materials, forced to perform non-consensual or abusive sexual acts against their will, such as prostitution, escort work and pornography.
Being moved either internationally or domestically so victims can be exploited.
You may suspect abuse because:
- You have general concerns about someone’s wellbeing
- You see or hear about something which could be abuse
- Someone tells you that something has happened or is happening to them, which could be abuse.If in doubt, you should still report it.
Call the police directly in an emergency or if a crime has been committed.
Social Services - Children
- During office hours contact Social Services on 01352 701000
- Outside of office hours, please telephone the Duty Social Worker on: 0845 0533116
Social Services - Adults
- During office hours contact Social Services on 01352 803444
- Outside of office hours contact 0345 053 3116