WGSB Programme of Events for National Safeguarding Week
by Justine Davies
West Glamorgan Safeguarding Boards' Programme of Events
13th-17th of November 2023
About the West Glamorgan Safeguarding Board
The West Glamorgan Safeguarding Board (WGSB) was established to promote, inform and support multi agency safeguarding for Children and Adults across Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
We are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of Children and Adults living in the region.
The WGSB is a multi-agency forum, which brings together representatives of each of the main agencies and professionals who are responsible for helping to protect Children and Adults from abuse and neglect.
The WGSB is responsible for agreeing on how the different services and professional groups should co-operate to safeguard children and Adults, and for making sure that arrangements work effectively in bringing about better outcomes for Children and Adults in West Glamorgan.
Take a look at our website for further information including safeguarding Policies www.wgsb.wales
Chairs of the West Glamorgan Safeguarding Board
David Howes Director of Social Services Swansea Council
Andrew Jarrett Director of Social Services Neath Port Talbot Council
Eve Davis Superintendent South Wales Police
Paul Stuart Davies Assistant Director of Nursing, Corporate Services Swansea Bay University Health Board
Our Vision To ensure that Children, Young People and Adults in West Glamorgan are protected and prevented from becoming at risk of abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm. The Boards will engage with, listen to and hear the views of Children, Young People and Adults. Safeguarding involves both the protection of Children and Adults at risk from abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm and preventing them from becoming at risk of abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm.
This years National Safeguarding week, the WGSBs' would like to focus on Creating Safe Spaces for everyone. Whether you're young, or elderly having a Safe Space where you feel comfortable and treated with dignity and respect is part of safeguarding.
The term safe space refers to places/spaces "intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations.
Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It's fundamental to high-quality health and social care.
Please look at the programme to see what events are taking place to support safeguarding week.
The 13th-17th November is National Safeguarding Week 2023!
The aim of Safeguarding Week is to raise awareness about safeguarding because everyone has a role to play in keeping people safe from harm. And to educate people about the signs and dangers of abuse or neglect and to encourage organisations to have vital conversations and share safeguarding resources.
Safeguarding is about protecting children and adults from abuse or neglect and educating those around them to recognise the signs and dangers.
Safeguarding should be a priority for all organisations, voluntary, statutory and charities, especially those that work with children, young people and adults at risk.
The WGSB will focus on the theme 'Creating Safe Spaces for everyone’. The whole week is jam-packed full of meetings, webinars and activities across each safeguarding board area with the aim of raising awareness of safeguarding and sharing best practices. so go take a look, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Business Unit email@example.com
Swansea Council’s Community Safety Team have launched a pilot Safe Place scheme throughout Gowerton and Gorseinon.The scheme will help create safe environments throughout Swansea. Reduce fear of crime and encourage the reporting of all criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.
A Safe Place training package has been developed which will be distributed to participating premises. Once this training is completed and signed off by all staff members a poster will be erected to confirm their participation. Each premises will also receive a report sheet to log any incidents and demands.
Paul Evans (Community Safety Coordinator) say’s “The businesses in Gowerton and Gorseinon are very keen and willing to participate in this scheme. It’s important that everyone plays an active part in making communities and neighbourhoods safe for all. This scheme will benefit all members of society from the young person who may feel threatened to the elderly person who may just need a rest and a little reassurance. Trained staff at each Safe Place will be able to help the person find a solution to what they are experiencing and can contact someone to assist them. I am sure this scheme will be a success and fantastic work has been done by our partners to get it all off the ground”.
SWP Insp Simon Trick says "We are extremely pleased to be a part of this initiative. The Safe Place Scheme identifies places in the community where people can go for help if they feel unsafe. Creating these safe places in our community is a valued opportunity to promote safeguarding and sign posting to those people that need it”.
The pilot scheme will run for three months in Gorseinon and Gowerton before being assessed. If deemed successful the intention will be to expand the scheme to cover every ward in Swansea.