11 November 2019
Wales has become the first part of the UK to introduce a single set of safeguarding guidelines to help protect children and adults at risk with the launch of the new Wales Safeguarding Procedures mobile app at an event in Cardiff today.
Launched at the start of National Safeguarding Week, the Wales Safeguarding Procedures will standardise safeguarding practice across Wales and between agencies and sectors.
The procedures will set out for anyone working with children or adults what to do if they suspect an individual is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm.
Uniquely there will be no printed copies of the procedures. Instead they will be available to everyone online, either via the dedicated Wales Safeguarding Procedures website or a mobile app.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, said: “Today marks a milestone for safeguarding partners and for those they support across Wales. The launch of these procedures is a big step forward and reaffirms our commitment to promoting the right for both children and adults at risk in Wales to be safe.“I am pleased that Welsh Government has provided funding for the development of the procedures and also for training and learning resources to support their implementation. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all partners for their contribution to the considerable amount of work that has taken place.”