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Range of topics for Safeguarding Week

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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 (November 4).

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, November 14.

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.

Other events taking place in Pembrokeshire include the Junior Safeguarding Conference during which secondary school pupils will receive a safeguarding module devised by Pembrokeshire’s Safeguardians. There will also be a County Lines workshop to be facilitated by Fearless, a branch of Crimestoppers.

Carmarthenshire County Council will be facilitating consultation with partner agencies to finalise the draft regional self-neglect policy.
Hywel Dda University Health Board will also hold a Learning Event related to this theme as part of Safeguarding Week activities.

Events taking place across Powys include the formal launch of new procedures relating to deprivation of liberty safeguards, as well as training across Health Boards on a range of adult safeguarding issues delivered jointly with Trading Standards and Police.

TESTUNAU AMRYWIOL AR GYFER YR WYTHNOS
DDIOGELU

Mae cyd-gysgu peryglus gyda babanod, ac oedolion sy’n hunan-esgeuluso ymhlith testunau i’w trafod y tynnir sylw atynt yn yr Wythnos Ddiogelu Genedlaethol yng Nghanolbarth a Gorllewin Cymru sy’n rhedeg o ddydd Llun nesaf (4 Tachwedd).

Mae rhaglen eang yn cael ei chynnal trwy gydol yr wythnos ledled Sir Benfro, Ceredigion, Sir Gaerfyrddin a Phowys yn cynnwys cynadleddau, digwyddiadau ymgysylltu a gweithdai.

Cydgysylltwyd y rhaglen gan CWMPAS a CYSUR, Bwrdd Diogelu Rhanbarthol Canolbarth a Gorllewin Cymru.

Un o uchafbwyntiau’r wythnos yw cynhadledd flynyddol y Bwrdd yng Ngholeg Sir Benfro yn Hwlffordd ddydd Iau, 14 Tachwedd.

Cyflwynir y prif anerchiad gan Dr Eileen Munro, Athro Emeritws Polisi Cymdeithasol yn Ysgol Economeg Llundain.

Dr Munro yw awdur Munro Review of Child Protection – a child-centred system, a wnaeth nifer o argymhellion i ddiwygio’r system amddiffyn plant o fod yn system or-fiwrocrataidd i un sy’n cynnal ffocws ar y plentyn.

Bydd y gynhadledd yn tynnu sylw at y prif gyflawniadau ar draws y rhanbarth o ran gweithredu’r ymagwedd Arwyddion Diogelwch wrth weithio gyda theuluoedd.

Mae Arwyddion Diogelwch yn ymagwedd fwy cynhwysol, yn canolbwyntio ar atebion, sy’n annog teuluoedd i ddod o hyd i’w hatebion eu hunain i’r heriau y gallant fod yn eu hwynebu.

Yn ystod yr wythnos, bydd y Bwrdd Diogelu yn mynd ati hefyd i gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o amgylchiadau lle mae cyd-gysgu yn anniogel, yn ogystal â pheryglon hunan-esgeuluso a chelcio.

Bydd technoleg yn thema hefyd wrth i’r Bwrdd lansio’i wefan yn ffurfiol ar ei newydd gwedd, ynghyd â gwell presenoldeb yn y cyfryngau
cymdeithasol er mwyn gwella ymwybyddiaeth o’i waith a’i swyddogaethau.

Bydd fersiwn newydd Gweithdrefnau Amddiffyn Cymru Gyfan yn cael ei lansio hefyd, a bydd Heddlu Dyfed Powys yn dilyn rhaglen gynhwysfawr o weithgareddau i ymgysylltu ag ysgolion a chymunedau, gan ganolbwyntio ar amrywiaeth o themâu fel secstio, seiberdroseddu a chamfanteisio.

Mae digwyddiadau eraill sy’n cael eu cynnal yn Sir Benfro yn cynnwys y Gynhadledd Diogelu Plant Iau lle bydd disgyblion ysgolion uwchradd yn derbyn modiwl diogelu a ddyfeisiwyd gan Warchodwyr Sir Benfro. Hefyd, bydd gweithdy Llinellau Cyffuriau yn cael ei gynnal gan Fearless, sef cangen o Crimestoppers.

Bydd Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin yn hwyluso ymgynghoriad gydag asiantaethau partner i roi’r wedd derfynol ar y polisi hunan-esgeuluso rhanbarthol drafft. Hefyd, bydd Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda yn cynnal Digwyddiad Dysgu yn gysylltiedig â’r thema hon fel rhan o weithgareddau’r Wythnos Ddiogelu.

Mae digwyddiadau sy’n cael eu cynnal ledled Powys yn cynnwys lansio gweithdrefnau newydd yn ffurfiol yn ymwneud â threfniadau diogelu wrth amddifadu o ryddid, yn ogystal â hyfforddiant ar draws Byrddau Iechyd ar amrywiaeth o faterion diogelu oedolion a gyflwynir ar y cyd â Safonau Masnach a’r Heddlu.

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Magistrates uphold council decision not to renew dog-breeding licence

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ON MONDAY 18 November 2019, Rhydian Jones of Waun Lluest, Gorrig, Llandysul appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates at an appeal hearing objecting to the decision not to renew his Dog Breeding Licence.

Ceredigion County Council took the decision under the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014, because of breaches in licence conditions identified during unannounced inspections of the premises. The breaches included the lack of supervision, enrichment and socialisation given to the dogs. Breaches also included the unsatisfactory cleaning of premises and the absence of dog breeding records. There was also a failure to make improvements requested of Mr Jones previously.

Health and Welfare Reports provided during the hearing detailed health problems with the dogs which included lice and mange.

Mr Jones disputed the findings and decision of the council throughout the appeal hearing. His defence referred to the considerable amount of improvements that had been completed.

The court concluded that the council had provided full and clear grounds for not renewing the Dog Breeding Licence, stating that the council was both reasonable and proportionate in their actions. The court accepted that the establishment was unsatisfactory in many respects whilst acknowledging that significant improvements had been made. It took into consideration the history of non-compliance at Waun Lluest, the testimony given by the appellant and the lack of confidence in him as a licensee. The court concluded that the recent improvements made by Mr Jones were unlikely to be sustained and found in favour of the council. The appeal was dismissed. Mr Jones was ordered to pay £500 costs.

Alun Williams is the council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Policy and Performance. He said, “We are delighted that Magistrates found in our favour. A decision not to renew a licence is not taken lightly and officers and council solicitors had to build a robust case to present to the court. We will continue to make unannounced inspection visits to all licensed dog breeders in the county, the great majority of which operate well within regulations and the conditions of their licence. We will also pursue those individuals who breed dogs without a licence. Anyone with information on such activities should contact the council on 01545 570 881.”

Mr Jones previously held a licence to breed 26 adult dogs. His establishment had recently featured in a BBC Wales investigative documentary, although the council had decided not to renew the licence many months before broadcast.

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A Battered Suitcase in the Attic: Explore Your Own Archive

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CEREDIGION’S Explore Your Own Archives’ campaign, ‘A Battered Suitcase in the Attic’, will be held from 25 to 30 November 2019. The intention is to get people to value their own personal archives. The title reflects the half-forgotten treasures that many people have hidden in the attic or under the bed in their homes.

Explore Your Archive is a national campaign delivered by the Archives and Records Association which aims to showcase the best of archives and archive services to a wide range of existing and potential users.

The local campaign wants to make people in the county consider and start to really value the documents that they’ve stashed away, and look after them.

During the week, various events and activities will take place at Aberystwyth Bandstand. The Bandstand will be open from 10am until 5pm Monday until Friday. Events and activities during the week are free for all, and some can be seen below.

· Displays of beautiful and interesting things from the Ceredigion Archives collections.

· A display of some special collections curated by Aberystwyth University Postgraduates studying Archive Administration.

· A chance to get your own free archive box for your family’s document treasures.

· A ‘Victorian’ photo-booth – dress up in the clothes (kindly loaned by Ceredigion Museum) and strike a suitable pose in front of our specially painted backdrop.

· Badge-making for all ages.

· Comfy corner: relax and watch a slide show of images from our collections, share your recollections with us.

· Browse a selection of Ceredigion Archives books, greetings cards and preservation items for sale at modest prices.

· Refreshments.

There are also lectures, workshops for adults and children and an evening with local ballad singer Owen Shiers. All events are free but so you’ll need to book for the workshops and Owen Shiers’ performance on Thursday night as numbers are limited.

Visit http://bit.ly/ArchifdyCeredigionArchives to book your place on workshops or Owen Shiers’ performance, or you can call Ceredigion Archives on 01970 633697 between 10-5 on Monday until Friday. Also, on the website you can see a full list of day to day activities and events taking place during the week.

If you need further information, call Ceredigion Archives on 01970 633697.

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Three New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as lifeboat mechanics

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THREE volunteer crew members have recently qualified as volunteer all-weather lifeboat mechanics at New Quay Lifeboat Station.

After a long training programme, which included courses at the RNLI College in Poole and extensive training on station, Pete Yates and Huw Williams were put through their paces by Peter McColl, RNLI Senior Assessor Trainer, Plant and Machinery, in their final pass out assessment 31 October.

After demanding assessments, where they had to deal with a variety of emergency situations at sea, Pete and Huw demonstrated the required level of competence to become lifeboat mechanics.

Pete said: ‘It was a very intense assessment, having to constantly think on your feet and remember your training.’

On 20 November, RNLI Assessor Trainer Simon Bunting visited the station and made it a hat trick of mechanic pass outs as crew member Dylan Price successfully completed a series of assessments, both onshore and afloat.

Huw added: ‘Pete, Dylan and I would like to thank the crew who gave up their time to launch the boat for our assessments and also thank our mechanics who have helped so much with training. We couldn’t have done it without their support.’

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘As part of our ongoing succession planning, Pete, Huw and Dylan have trained hard over the past year and I’d like to thank them for their time and effort. It is essential that we have a mechanic available at all times and this gives us much more flexibility to cover weekends and holidays for our full time station mechanic.’

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