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Roles and Responsibilities

Under the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) 2014 all employees, councillors and volunteers have the duty to report concerns about abuse and neglect.

Schools across the local authority use a model Safeguarding and Child Protection policy provided by the Education Leisure and Lifelong Learning directorate. All schools personalise the model to make it specific to them. The model is based on legislation specific to schools, Welsh Government guidance and the model policy in Keeping Learners Safe.

Children and Young People Services have the responsibility for receiving and responding to new concerns about children and Adult Services have the responsibility for receiving and responding to new concerns about adults at risk. All safeguarding concerns, for Children, Young People and Adults, including concerns about a professional or persons in a position of trust, should be reported to the Neath Port Talbot Single Point of Contact Team (SPOC).

Every manager is responsible for:

  • Safely recruiting employees/volunteers/agency workers in accordance with the relevant HR policy, by ensuring all required pre-employment/screening checks, including the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service check (where relevant), are satisfactorily completed prior to commencing in their roles.
  • Ensure that safeguarding is always included in every employee/volunteer’s induction
    Identifying employees/volunteers/agency workers who are likely to come into contact with children or adults at risk as part of their role
  • Ensuring training is delivered commensurate with role
  • Ensuring that all employees/volunteers are aware of how to report safeguarding concerns and to whom
  • Ensuring that all employees/volunteers/agency workers are aware of the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy
  • Ensuring that all employees/volunteers/agency workers are aware that they must conduct themselves in a manner which safeguards and promotes the wellbeing of children, and adults at risk
  • Providing employees/ volunteers/agency workers with guidance about safeguarding concerns as required

Service Commissioners will be responsible for ensuring that contractual arrangements specify responsibilities in relation to safeguarding in accordance with this Policy and existing Commissioning Policy.

Contractors, sub-contractors or other organisations funded by or on behalf of the Council are responsible for completing the required screening checks which includes Disclosure and Barring Service checks (where required) and for ensuring that their staff comply with regulatory and contractual arrangements relating to safeguarding of children and adults. Contractors are also responsible for informing relevant managers of the Council about any concerns they may have and to refer such safeguarding concerns to either the SPOC team or Gateway Team.

All elected Members will be required to have training in respect of safeguarding children and adults at risk and additional safeguarding training needs.

Lead Member for Corporate Safeguarding – the Leader of the Council acts as “champion” for Corporate Safeguarding. The Lead Member will work closely with, and take professional advice from a range of Senior Officers within the Authority, as appropriate. The Lead Member will liaise and consult with other Cabinet Members on individual matters likely to affect their portfolios as set out in the Council’s Scheme of Delegation.

Each Service Director through their Management Teams will be responsible for ensuring that all the statutory requirements in terms of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk are addressed.
They are also responsible for putting in place appropriate systems within their service areas that ensure compliance with this policy:

  • Ensuring appropriate training is delivered
  • Communicating information about who staff need to contact and making sure this information is reviewed regularly so that it is up to date and accurate
  • Compiling a report in respect of their Safeguarding arrangements that will be used to inform the Director of Social Services’ Annual Report

The Principal Officer for Safeguarding Adults and Children, and the Head of Service for Children and Young People and Adults Services will work with the Council’s statutory Director for Social Services to ensure there are effective arrangements to safeguard and protect children and adults at risk across the Council. Specifically to:

  • Monitor the implementation of and compliance with this Policy across the Council
  • Ensure that there is a corporate safeguarding training programme in place
  • Set out clear lines of accountability
  • Ensure that there are Designated Safeguarding Leads within each service area
  • Ensure that the Council implements the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Ensure that annual service reports are prepared
  • Ensure that the annual corporate safeguarding report for Scrutiny is delivered

Statutory Director of Social Services – This role, as defined by the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014, is fulfilled by the NPT Director of Social Services who has the final and indivisible accountability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults. The annual service reports will be an opportunity for challenge and used to inform the Director of Social Services – Annual Report.

The Chief Executive will ensure that there are effective safeguarding arrangements in place, including policies and procedures, that those policies and procedures are implemented, that there are effective governance arrangements in place and that all statutory requirements are being met.