"Together, we all have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse."
The West Glamorgan Safeguarding Board (WGSB) website 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
- making sure that arrangements work effectively in bringing about better outcomes for Children and Adults in West Glamorgan
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.
A child is defined by the Children’s Act 1989 as anyone less than 18 years of age. A ‘child at risk’ is defined in the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) Act 2014 as a child who;
- is experiencing or is at risk of abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm; and
- has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
An ‘adult at risk’ is defined in the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) 2014 as an adult who:
- is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect;
- has needs for care and support (whether or not the Local Authority is meeting any of those needs); and
- as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against abuse or neglect or the risk of it
Abuse means physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse.
Financial abuse includes;
- having money or other property stolen;
- being defrauded;
- being put under pressure in relation to money or other property;
- having money or other property misused.
Neglect means a failure to meet a person’s basic physical, emotional, social or psychological needs, which is likely to result in an impairment of the person’s well-being.
The responsibilities and functions of the Boards' are set out in the statutory guidance under Part 7 of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. It has an overall responsibility for challenging relevant agencies so that;
- there are effective measures in place to protect Children and Adults at risk who are experiencing harm or who may be at risk as the result of abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm; and
- there is effective inter-agency co-operation in planning and delivering protection services and in sharing information
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding is everyone's business.