National Safeguarding Week

Written by
15th November, 2021

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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility all year round. National Safeguarding week runs from 15–19th November. This year’s theme is lessons learned. Safeguarding Week is an annual, national campaign focusing on a wide range of safeguarding issues affecting our communities in Wales.

Do you know what safeguarding is?

Children and young people (under 18) – Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Adults – Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

What should I do?

If you are being abused or think someone else is being abused, you should tell someone. Don’t assume that someone else will tell and don’t worry if you think you might be wrong – it is still important for someone with experience and responsibility to look into it. Social Services have a legal duty to do this.

If you or someone you know is being abused and is in immediate danger, you need to do something straight away to stop them or others being hurt. You should ring 999 and tell the operator what is happening.

If you think a crime might have taken place, such as rape, assault or theft, please ring the police and be careful not to remove or destroy any evidence.

If you are worried about contacting the police you can always contact social services to talk things over first.

Wherever you live, whether it’s a care home or your own home or whichever place you have visited, if you’ve experienced or witnessed abuse, please contact social services.

Further information about Safeguarding can be found on the following websites

The National Independent Safeguarding Board was set up under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, you can find out more about the Board and what they do by visiting their website.

The Safeguarding Wales website is full of information, including how to download the app.

The Ann Craft Trust website is full of information and resources.

Reporting and more information

If you have concerns or would like more information, contact details are below:

If you live in Blaenau Gwent:
telephone: 01495 315700
email: dutyteam@blaenau-gwent.gcsx.gov.uk
fax:01495 315265

If you live in Torfaen:
telephone: 01495 762200
email: socialcarecalltorfaen@torfaen.gov.uk
fax: 01633 648794

If you live in Newport:
telephone: 01633 656656
email: info@newport.gov.uk

If you live in Monmouthshire:
telephone: 01291 638928
email: monpovaduty@monmouthshire.gcsx.gov.uk

If it is an emergency and you need to contact us outside of office hours please call the Emergency Duty Team on 0800 328 4432. Further information can be obtained from: www.gwasb.org.uk

If you live in Powys
Children
telephone: 01597 826687

Adults
telephone: 01597 827556


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