As an introductory to National Safeguarding Week I wanted to introduce myself, Ruth Price, Chair of Hafod’s Safeguarding Panel, before delving into a series of blogs which will cover various topics including domestic abuse, county lines, information sharing and personal safety.
For over 30 years I worked as a police officer for both South Wales and Gwent Police before retiring in 2017 as a detective superintendent. A large portion of my service was spent in safeguarding and public protection work at every rank, as well as being the mental health lead at Gwent Police for several years.
Alongside this, I also set up a joint agency initiative six years ago which responds to children going missing from homes and care settings.
Since taking on my role at Hafod, I’ve worked closely with Jackie Whiller, Head of Quality, Compliance and Safeguarding Lead, to provide independent advice and assurance on how safeguarding is maintained as a key strategic aim. We’ve also worked on how it’s been demonstrated not only in their policies, but ways in how best to communicate with everyone and how to understand, recognise and respond to risk of harm in everyday work.
The blogs that will be shared throughout National Safeguarding Week, will help others to expand more on their current knowledge and understand and recognise how to report their concerns.
Over the 18 months that I’ve been with Hafod, the severity in which their safeguarding is carried out and how much their colleagues are doing to help make a difference to people’s lives has impressed me immensely.