The NISB’s meeting of 8 May 2017
This was the first meeting of the National Independent Safeguarding Board’s second year and we agreed that our honeymoon is over!
We had a full agenda which began with an update from the Welsh Government. Our budget for April 2017-March 2018 is £200k. Half of this is allocated to our work plan and half to fees and secretariat. Having provided feedback on the statutory guidance about Handling Individual Cases we have undertaken to consider and contribute to final versions. We discussed ideas for a conference during National Safeguarding Week (13 – 17 November) and decided that a slant on safeguarding, sport and wellbeing is timely because the fall-out from former footballer Andy Woodward’s disclosure of sexual assault has spiralled into a scandal engulfing many clubs.
We considered progress concerning our activities alongside our work plan. For example, we discussed the Board’s response to the Welsh Government’s draft dementia strategy; a preliminary report from Cardiff University’s Cascade (Children’s Social Care, Research and Development Centre) concerning Elective Home Education; feedback on our Section 139 request concerning safeguarding training; and our recommendations to the Welsh Ministers about the absence of residential provision for children and young people for example.
Thinking about the work of the six Regional Boards led us to discuss examples of promising practice. Finally, and to the relief of Croatoan Design (which is creating our website), the meeting ended with a welcome decision about the NISB logo.
These notes have been prepared by Margaret Flynn, Chair
139.(1) A Safeguarding Board must cooperate with the National Board, and must supply the national Board with any information it requests Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014