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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
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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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Ceredigion lifesavers go the extra mile during lockdown

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Loyal blood donors in Ceredigion have responded to a request from the Welsh
Blood Service to ‘donate differently’ by rolling up their sleeves to make a
lifesaving donation at one of the Service’s new regional hubs.

Across Wales, of the 6,808 individuals that visited a Welsh Blood Service donation
session in May 63% of donors attended a clinic that was not their usual donation
venue.

In Ceredigion, 293 donors came forward to give blood in May, with 34 attending a
donation session for the very first time.

Following a series of Covid-19 related venue cancellations and social distancing
restrictions, the Welsh Blood Service was unable to host donation sessions at the thirty
community venues it would typically visit across Wales each week.

The Service introduced a new collections schedule at the beginning of April which saw
collections taken from five regional donation hubs at different locations in Wales each
week. Donors were asked to travel to donate at their nearest hub.

Alan Prosser, Director of the Welsh Blood Service, said: “When it became clear we
couldn’t continue with business as usual, we knew we’d have to ask donors to donate
differently. Our regional donation hubs have replaced our usual local collections
programme and the response from donors has been remarkable.

“98.3% of the appointments we’ve made available since lockdown have been taken
and many of these appointments have been taken by donors who have been prepared
to go even further out of their way than they usually would just to make a potentially
lifesaving donation.”

The Service has also observed a sharp rise in the number of new donors coming
forward to donate.

Mr Prosser continued: “In May 2019, around 11% of those that attended our donation
sessions were new donors. This May, around 19% of our attendance has been people
who had never given before.

“We’ve also see a surge in the number of donors who haven’t given in years returning
to our sessions to help us boost stocks. It’s been amazing and we’re hugely grateful.”

Blood stocks in Wales have remained healthy throughout the pandemic as the reduced
collections activity has mirrored a reduction in the volume of blood used by hospitals.
However, the Service is urging donors to continue to attend their local sessions as and
when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

“Blood stocks are currently very healthy thanks to the commitment of new and existing
donors but we need people to keep giving blood to ensure we can continue to meet
hospital demand in the coming months. Travel to donate is considered essential travel
and anyone who is fit, well and eligible to donate can book an appointment through the
welshblood.org.uk website.”

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Porth Cymorth Cynnar supporting residents in Ceredigion

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During this challenging period, Porth Cymorth Cynnar has established a virtual platform to ensure that we are able to keep in touch with vulnerable residents across Ceredigion.

Due to the restrictions introduced to safeguard our communities against COVID-19, many residents are not able to access their usual provision or support such as parent groups or GP Referral Exercise Classes. Instead, we are ensuring that all residents whom are known to our services, and others, are kept in touch with, through regular welfare calls, should they wish.

Around 2000 residents from young people to families to carers, who may require or benefit from regular contact whilst their service is not operating in its usual form, will receive communication from our staff.

To date, almost 2000 welfare calls have been made, and have been well received by people across Ceredigion. Residents have said that it is great that someone is keeping in touch with them, to give them an opportunity to have a weekly phone call and someone to talk to.

Mrs Jones* (name changed for anonymity) who is 92 and lives alone, is used to receiving regular visits from Ceredigion’s mobile library was identified as benefiting from a weekly phone call, to check how she was doing, now that her usual library service would not be visiting for a while. Porth Cymorth Cynnar aimed to get in touch with Mrs Jones, but did not have a contact number. After tracking down a contact number through the local directory, a member of the Porth y Gymuned team was able to make contact. Luckily Mrs Jones has the support of family and neighbours to collect groceries, but nonetheless was extremely grateful to have someone to talk to, and to check that she is OK. A weekly phone check in has been organised with Mrs Jones, to ensure that she is doing well and to organise if she is in need of anything.

If you, or anyone you know would benefit from the Keeping in Touch Service, please get in touch with our Customer Services team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk who will triage your query to Porth Cymorth Cynnar.

Porth Cymorth Cynnar are also regularly updating resource lists which are available on the Ceredigion County Council website here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/coronavirus

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The latest on plastic free Ceredigion

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At its meeting held on 17 March, the Council’s Cabinet received an activity update from the Plastic Free Ceredigion Task and Finish Group, which was set up after full Council approved a motion on 22 February 2018.

Full Council approved the ‘Plastic Free campaigns throughout the County, including Plastic Free Aberporth and Plastic Free Aberystwyth’ motion to ensure that the Council helps to reduce the amount of single use plastics used in our day to day operations.

The motion involved a number of factors including; reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and encouraging local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives. Promoting the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events, supporting beach cleans and any other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics.

Since 22 February 2018, the Council have removed 5 single-use plastic that were used across the local authority, implemented projects in conjunction with NRW with local primary schools, worked closely with communities throughout Ceredigion and commenced the provision of Water bottle re-fills on request to all visitors to our public facing buildings.

In January 2020, the Schools Service were successful in bidding for funding from the Circular Economy Capital Fund, which allows for the purchasing of milk dispensers which will remove the need for the provision of plastic milk bottles and straws by 1,979 pupils at Foundation and Key Stage 2. This is equivalent to a reduction of 376,010 plastic milk bottles per school year.

Councillor Alun Williams, Member Champion for Sustainability said, “These are initiatives which, together, make a real difference to the amount of single-use plastics going into the waste stream from Council activities. Whilst it’s important that everyone seeks to minimise their use of single-use plastics, it’s particularly important that large organisations like councils take these kinds of actions because they can have a wider effect which, in turn, can lead to industry changing to more sustainable practices. Ceredigion Council is trying to lead the way in showing what’s possible within an organisation.”

This supports one of the Council’s corporate priority of Promoting Environmental and Community Resilience.

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