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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 (4 th
November).

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, 14 th
November.


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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Llanelli MP & AM call for school transport solutions

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Llanelli’s MP and AM joined Tumble residents on Friday (15.01.20) to walk along the unlit path that children have been forced to take since a bus service to Maes y Gwendraeth school was scrapped.

A number of school bus routes in Carmarthenshire have been cancelled in response to UK Government legislation which has restricted the types of vehicles that bus companies can use. This has left many children who relied on these services with no safe way to get to school.

Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters AM are working with local residents and councillors, like Dot Jones in Tumble, to find solutions that can be implemented by the County Council or UK Government.

Lee Waters AM said, “After carrying the bags and instruments of a Tumble pupil three miles to school on Friday morning it’s clear we need to get these services running again. I’ve been working with the Council and Welsh Government to try and find a common sense resolution to the problem of cancelled school buses right across Llanelli.

“It’s a complicated situation, and unfortunately the Welsh Government’s powers are limited, but we may have found a way forward if the UK Government are willing to be flexible. The Welsh Government has written to ask them to exempt school transport in Carmarthenshire from the new regulations which would allow the local services to resume.”

In addition to commercial school bus routes, there is also a scheme for pupils to access spare places on the coaches that pick up children who live further away from school for a small fare. However, local parents have raised concerns about the availability of this scheme and the process by which places are allocated.

Nia Griffith MP said, “We must work together to find ways to restore bus transport as soon as possible, even if the situation is complex.

“I understand the County Council will now review the scheme which lets pupils use spare places on existing school buses, but this needs to be done as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure the maximum number of pupils benefit.

“It is crazy to have buses with spare capacity passing the bus stop and leaving pupils to walk. But we need transport back for all pupils who have lost it.”

Cllr Rob James, who joined the walk to Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth on Friday, said: “The bus services that have been withdrawn are vital services to many of our communities and must be retained.

“The local ward Councillors and I are thrilled with the support we are getting from the local MP and AM to solve these issues and we hope that there can be a resolution shortly.”

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‘Seaside Kicks’ off to great start in Glanymor Ward!‬

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A new project has been launched which is completely free for young people from across the Llanelli area.‬


‭‘Premier League Kicks’ run by Swansea City Community Trust started last Tuesday (14th January) and is already proving to be a success with both children and their parents. ‬


‭Boys and Girls of all abilities are welcome to take part with sessions taking place on the brand new 3G pitch at Ysgol PenRhos. ‬


‭Ages 8-12 take place on every Tuesday evening between 5.00pm and 6.00pm with ages 13-16 on every Wednesday between 8.00 and 9.00pm. ‬
‭As well as the football sessions, activities will also include informative, educational workshops covering a wide range of issues including knife crime, county lines and online safety. ‬


Craig Richards from the Swans Community Trust said:‬
‭“Nationally, ‘Premier League Kicks’ is one of the Premier League’s flagship community programmes. It has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters in some of the most-high need areas. ‬


‭“By engaging young people in constructive activities including football, coaching, educational and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates, and authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.”‬


Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward added:‬
‭“It is a pleasure to link up with the Swans Community Trust, Police and Crime Commissioner, our PCSO’s, Llanelli Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership in bringing forward such an exciting project. ‬


‭“Engagement has taken place with both local schools at Ysgol PenRhos and Ysgol Maes Y Morfa as well as strong partnership work with our existing sports clubs in the area at Seaside AFC and Bwlch Rangers too all of whom have been very supportive.‬


‭“It is fantastic to see so many youngsters turning out in great numbers with more expected next week. It gives them somewhere to go in the area and have fun with others within a safe environment.‬


‭“I now look forward to seeing this project go from strength to strength.”‬

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Partnership outreach van providing help and support to those in need

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Partnership outreach van providing help and support to those in need in Llanelli extended thanks to further funding by Police and Crime Commissioner

Following the success of a partnership outreach van parked up in Station Road, Llanelli in December – the initiative is being extended thanks to further funding provided by Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn. The Commissioner originally instigated the additional partnership working pilot in Llanelli in response to local concerns relating to substance misuse – and the response to the van in Llanelli was overwhelmingly positive, with 35 people receiving support from one or all of the agencies on the van across both nights.

Dyfed-Powys Police teamed up with Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service (DDAS), Carmarthenshire County Council and Crimestoppers Fearless campaign in order to be able to engage with members of the community on the new outreach van, in order to support and signpost those in need during the festive period. The partners then came together and held a debrief session to consider the initial success and value of the initiative. Of the 35 people who had visited the van to seek support on both evenings – 12 were referred into DDAS and housing and employment services for longer term support.

At the conclusion of the debrief, there was consensus amongst the partners that the communities of Tyisha and Glanymor would benefit from extending it and there was an appetite for it, therefore each agency was keen to commit ongoing resources to the outreach van for the next three months. The initiative will then be reviewed again at that point.  

Chief Inspector Chris Neve of Dyfed-Powys Police said: “I am once again grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner and our partners for their ongoing support for this initiative – which proved to be a popular and valuable opportunity for the communities of Llanelli to speak and work with the services involved. I was pleased to see so many people receiving the support and advice they needed in the initial phase of the initiative – and we now look forward to being able to continue to provide these services for the next three months and helping many more people. I encourage anyone who requires support and advice from any of the agencies, or would just like to chat with any of them, to come along and visit the van.

The council’s Head of Homes and Safer Communities Jonathan Morgan said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the community to speak to our officers first-hand about any issues they may have or any advice they may need on housing matters. We have exciting plans to transform the Tyisha ward and the community is a big part of that, we want to make Tyisha a better place to live and work for everyone.”

The project aims to provide a convenient and approachable opportunity for those in the community that would benefit from advice and support from these services, but who may not always proactively seek this out. It also allows the agencies to understand and experience first-hand the issues in the area.

The outreach van will next be parked in the St Elli Shopping Centre, Llanelli on Thursday January 16 between10am and 2pm, where all the partners will be there promoting the project and explaining what they can offer. 

Then from Thursday January 23, the van will be parked back in Station Road between 2pm and 7pm for anyone to access, and then every two weeks for the next three months. They’ll be ready and waiting to provide advice and support to all those in need.

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