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Reforms to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, 20/10/11 [W]

Gwenda Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Social Services and Children, has outlined changes to the way that children and adults at risk in Wales will be safeguarded and protected in the future.

The Welsh Government has confirmed its intention to introduce a Social Services (Wales) Bill in October 2012, with a consultion to held leading up to this. Plans unveiled include making provision to require adult and children Boards to amalgamate to reflect arrangements at a national level, and to ensure that arrangements reflected the ‘people’ model of services set out in Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action. A National Safeguarding Board is also planned, with statutory powers with executive functions to commission work.

Other provisions in the planned Bill will include the duty to investigate, cooperate and share information in protecting adults.

Read the full story on the Welsh Government website.