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17th August 2015

New National Independent Safeguarding Board for Wales: Welsh Government seeks chair and members

The Welsh Government is looking for members for a new National Independent Safeguarding Board for Wales which will oversee the work of protecting adults and children in Wales. A chair and up to five members will be appointed for their expertise in safeguarding, protection and related matters.

The new board will work alongside the regional safeguarding adults boards and safeguarding children boards to help improve safeguarding policy and practice throughout Wales.

The national board’s duties will be to:

  • Provide support and advice to safeguarding boards to ensure they are effective;
  • Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard children and adults in Wales;
  • Make recommendations to Welsh Ministers about how those arrangements could be improved.

The national board is being established under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

 The chair and members will be appointed by Welsh Ministers through an open public appointments process.

Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford said: "We are seeking to appoint individuals who can demonstrate the ability to be firm advocates of adult and child protection and to draw on personal experience of safeguarding issues. I would urge anyone with an interest to apply for these important roles."

Find out more about the National Independent Safeguarding Board roles and how to apply

Those interested in applying for the posts can find more information at The closing date for applications is August 31, 2015.

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