National Safeguarding Week 2020: 16th - 20th November
National Safeguarding Week 2020 will take place across Wales from 16th - 20th November. News on events and themes agreed for the week will appear here as soon as they are available.
In the meantime, a highlights reel of National Safeguarding Week 2019 can be found below.
NSGW 2019: The press release
Hazardous co-sleeping with infants and adults who self-neglect are among topics for discussion highlighted in National Safeguarding Week in Mid and West Wales which runs from next Monday (4th November).
A wide-ranging programme is taking place throughout the week across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys including conferences, engagement events and workshops.
The programme has been co-ordinated by CWMPAS and CYSUR, the Mid and West Wales Regional Safeguarding Board.
A highlight of the week is the Board’s annual conference at Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest on Thursday, 14th November.
The keynote address is being delivered by Dr Eileen Munro, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.
Dr Munro is the author of the Munro Review of Child Protection - a child-centred system which made a number of recommendations to reform the child protection system from being over-bureaucratised to one that keeps a focus on the child.
The conference will highlight key achievements across the region in implementing the Signs of Safety approach to working with families.
Signs of Safety is a more inclusive, solution-focused approach which encourages families to find their own solutions to the challenges they may be experiencing.
During the week, the Safeguarding Board will also seek to raise awareness of circumstances in which co-sleeping becomes unsafe, as well as the dangers of self-neglect and hoarding.
Technology will also be a theme as the Board formally launches its newly designed website and enhanced social media presence in order to improve awareness of its work and functions.
The new All-Wales Protection Procedures is also due to launch while Dyfed Powys Police will follow a comprehensive programme of activities to engage schools and communities, focussing on a variety of themes such as sexting, cyber-crime and exploitation.
One of the regional themes of #NationalSafeguardingWeek is co-sleeping in hazardous circumstances.
There is evidence for and against sharing a bed with your baby – but the message is clear on what makes co-sleeping dangerous.
Do not co-sleep with your baby if you:
- Have been drinking or taking drugs
- Smoke regularly
- Are sleeping on the sofa or armchair
- Are extremely tired/drowsy
Our campaign posters will be promoted widely across our social media during the week. Please feel free to circulate as you may wish.
Self-Neglect and Hoarding
Another focus of ours during #NationalSafeguardingWeek is self-neglect and hoarding. It’s more than uncleanliness, or mess – it can reach a point where it poses a danger to the person not looking after themselves or their home.
An overview of the issue is available here.