New powers to safeguard vulnerable children and adults in Wales….

The Welsh Goverment has recently announced that a legal obligation to report any child or adult believed to
be at risk of abuse or neglect will be implemented in Wales in 2016. This announcement links with the current consultation on Regulations and Statutory Guidance on Part 7 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act which covers:

Strengthening of arrangements for children at risk

New legislation to protect adults at risk, including a
duty to report and enquire

A new Adult Protection and Support Order

New structures for Safeguarding Boards:

A National Independent Safeguarding Board

The consultation closes on Monday 2 February 2015 and the proposal is to implement the new Act in April 2016.

The consultation together with other relevant documents can be read here

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