Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Board

National Safeguarding Week 12th – 16th November 2018

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Welcome to National Safeguarding Week. This important event in the Board’s calendar seeks to highlight and raise awareness of a number of safeguarding issues that affect children and adults in our communities across Mid and West Wales. In conjunction with our statutory board partners, Welsh Government and other Safeguarding Boards across Wales please see our daily highlights of activities and events taking place this week across the region. These will help raise awareness of different types of abuse, as well our daily theme, which seeks to highlight different forms of exploitation that are prevalent and effect the communities and people of Mid and West Wales
In addition to the numerous activities taking place throughout the week, as part of its focus on Financial Exploitation Ceredigion Flying Start Staff will be talking to parents about preparing for Universal Credit as part of its Lets’ Talk Money programme. Sessions will be taking place across Ceredigion on 30/11/18 Cardigan, 14/11/18 Penparcau, 14/11/18 Aberporth, Llanarth 5/11/18.

Monday 12th November

Today’s theme is Criminal Exploitation

Criminal Exploitation involves situations and relationships where a person receives something (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, and money) for completing a criminal task on behalf of another individual or group. Abuse may be in the form of county lines or cuckooing by criminals and gangs. See it. Report it. Stop it.

Other safeguarding events and activities taking place across the region today include


In partnership with the DPJ Foundation Pembrokeshire, officially launch their Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Module. Members of Staff from Pembrokeshire’s Integrated Safeguarding Service will promoting this as well as other events and information in Reception at County Hall in Haverfordwest.

Pembrokeshire’s Junior Safeguardians in association with Young Choices for Youth Forum is delivering a safeguarding session for young people with additional needs on the 12th November at Pembrokeshire Archives


LAC/ Ray Ceredigion Children in Need Project. An activity delivered in partnership to raise awareness of the dangers of ‘grooming’. The session will include video, discussion and activities that will enable young people to recognise the dangers of grooming.

Tuesday 13th November

Today’s theme is Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Exploitation when someone achieves sexual gratification, financial gain or advancement through the sexual abuse or exploitation of another person, disregarding the right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental well-being; Sexual exploitation preys on vulnerable women, children and men. See it. Report it. Stop it

Other safeguarding events and activities taking place across region today includes


The Junior Safeguardians (Pembrokeshire’s junior safeguarding children board) are holding their third Safeguarding Conference for young people.
The young delegates who attend the conference will receive a newly designed module Keeping Children, Young People and Adults Safe in Pembrokeshire as well as completing a workshop with Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. The Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so. They will also be given information to take back to their groups to raise the profile of Safeguarding in line with National Safeguarding Week.

There will be stalls and information display in Prince Philip Hospital supported by Trading Standards highlighting issues of risks of financial abuse of the elderly and adults at risk


Llandysul family Centre
9:30am Illegal Money Lending Unit session
9:30am – 12:30pm Citizens advice Bureau session

Llanarth Church Hall
10:30am – 1:30pm Citizens advice Bureau session
1:30pm Illegal Money Lending Unit session

Lampeter Family Centre
Energy Champion - William Jones

Wednesday 14th November

Today’s Theme is Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of threat, force, coercion or deception to gain control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. All of these have been uncovered in Wales. See it. Report it. Stop it.

Other safeguarding events and activities taking place across the region today include.


At the Pavilion. Llandrindod Wells today, Powys Multi-Agency Safeguarding Conference 2018, See something …. Say something takes place
This conference will address issues such as Exploitation and Participation and Engagement. Keynotes speeches include input from author Samantha Woodhouse who will be speaking about her experiences of Child Sexual Exploitation and Steve Bartley from the Older Persons Commissioner for Wales Office who will be addressing the audience about some of the real-life issues that older people face including ageism and loneliness.


Pembrokeshire’s Junior Safeguardians will be attending Pembrokeshire College today to talk to students find out about how young people feel safe.

Hywel Dda

There will be and an engagement event taking place today at Withybush Hospital with a stall and information display jointly supported by members of the adult and Children’s safeguarding team highlighting current safeguarding issues and providing information on how to access information and support.


An intergenerational lunch will be taking place at Both Family Centre with a talk session to be delivered by the illegal Money lending Unit on loan Sharks.

Thursday 15th November

Today’s theme is Financial Exploitation

Financial Abuse is a violation of an individual's rights relating to their financial affairs or assets. Anyone can be a victim of financial abuse, but certain groups are more vulnerable, e.g. older people and people with specific disabilities are known to be at increased risk. See it. Report it. Stop it.

Events and activities taking place across the region today include our Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Board for Adults CWMPAS Regional Conference taking place at The Halliwell Centre, Trinity St David, Carmarthen. Putting Voice and Control and the Heart of Safeguarding Practice for Adults Who Are At Risk Of Abuse and Neglect in Mid and West Wales

This conference will officially launch two significant pieces of work completed in the last 12 months by the Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Board for Adults CWMPAS. It also includes keynote Speeches from Baroness Finlay a Deputy Speaker in The House of Lords and current chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum for England and Wales, and Keith Towler current Vice Chair of the National Independent Safeguarding Board
Regional Adult Safeguarding Threshold Guidance Document
This document is the result of collaboration between the four local authorities Adult Safeguarding Teams in the Mid and West Wales Region, Pembrokeshire, and Carmarthenshire. Ceredigion and Powys, Dyfed Powys Police, Hywel Dda, Powys Teaching Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust. The document aims to provide guidance to practitioners working in Adult Safeguarding Practice with a view to ensuring practice is consistent across the region and is fully aligned with the core principles and spirit of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The current chair of the National Independent Safeguarding Board Margaret Flynn will formally launch the Threshold Document as part of today’s conference


Safer Lives Healthier Relationships, Tackling Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women in our Communities
Mid and West Wales Regional Strategy and Delivery Plan

Safer Lives, Healthier Relationships
Tackling Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women in our Communities
All forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable and anyone who experiences domestic abuse, sexual violence and violence against women deserves an effective and timely response from all public services.
The enactment of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 requires the public sector in Wales to work together in a consistent and cohesive way to improve the outcomes for individuals and their families subjected to Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women. The Act sits alongside the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 which provides a legal framework for transforming social services and improving the well-being of adults and children who need care and support and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 which requires public bodies to think about what actions and activities are required to improve the well-being of current and future generations.
This is Mid and West Wales’ first joint strategy to be published in line with the Act and outlines how the region will support anyone who is experiencing or has experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence or violence against women, hold perpetrators to account, ensure professionals have the tools and knowledge to act, increase awareness of the issue and how to access support and help children and young people to understand inequality in relationships and that abusive behaviour is always wrong.
We want to ensure that Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women is acknowledged as “everyone’s business” and is a cross cutting theme that requires all areas of public policy to address and to shape and improve the delivery of services for those affected.
People do not experience Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women in a vacuum and neither can services, nor wider society, tackle such issues in isolation. With a strong focus on preventative, protective and supportive mechanisms we must work in partnership with survivors, stakeholders and communities to ensure the meaningful delivery of this regional strategy.
Our collective vision is for anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse, sexual violence or violence against women, their children, wider families and communities to know how and where to get the help that they need, to provide that help in a consistent and co-ordinated manner, and to work towards a society in which no form of Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence or Violence against Women is tolerated.

Rhian Bowen Davies, former National Advisor on Violence against Women, Gender Based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, will formally launch the Strategy and Delivery Plan as part of today’s conference

Friday 16th November

Today’s theme is Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery is when someone is forced to work through coercion or threat, is owned or controlled by an ’employer’, through abuse or the threat of abuse, or bought and sold as ‘property’ or is physically constrained. It can come in many forms including domestic servitude. In 2017, 193 referrals of potential victims of slavery in Wales were received. See it. Report it. Stop it.

Pembrokeshire’s Junior Safeguardians will be developing a series of photo’s to showcase their jam packed week of events and activities and will be sharing this on social media platforms .

A session will be delivered on universal credit at Lampeter Family centre