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The Gwent-wide Adult Safeguarding Board (referred to as GWASB) is the forum that's responsible for the strategic leadership, monitoring and reviewing of adult safeguarding practice in Gwent.

The Gwent-wide Adult Safeguarding Board was established in January 2011, combining the Council Area Adult Protection Committee arrangements in Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Monmouthshire, with those of Caerphilly and Newport.  The Board’s creation served as an opportunity to work together across the region and to embed interagency partnership for the strategic leadership, monitoring and reviewing of adult safeguarding practice.

As of the 6th April 2016, The Gwent-wide Adult Safeguarding Board is a statutory Board as set out in Part 7 of the Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Act 2014.  The Board's purpose is twofold; to protect adults in Gwent becoming "adults at risk" and to protect adults who have been abused or neglected or are at risk of it. The Board has a role in co-ordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of regional organisations to work to safeguard adults at risk, but it is not accountable for their operational work. Each member agency of the Board remains responsible and accountable for the safeguarding service delivered in their organisations.

The Board’s vision is to ensure that all adults in Gwent are safeguarded effectively through partnership working and community engagement. The Board provides strong leadership, governance and accountability and promotes the rights of adults at risk to live in safety and actively works to prevent, identify and investigate alleged abuse. The Boards objectives and functions can be viewed in its Partnership Agreement  

The Board is chaired by Keith Rutherford – Chief Officer, Social Services in Torfaen County Borough Council with the vice chair post being occupied by Lin Slater, Assisstant Director of Nursing, of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Its members are:

Keith Rutherford, Chief Officer, Social Services, Torfaen and Chair of Board

Lin Slater, Assistant Direct of Nursing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Alyson Hoskins, Head of Adult Services, Blaenau Gwent

Christopher Bradley, Chair of Blaenau Gwent Local Safeguarding Network

Dave Street, Director Social Services, Caerphilly

Jo Williams, Head of Adult Services, Caerphilly

David Thomas, Chair of Caerphilly Local Safeguarding Network

Julie Boothroyd, Head of Adult Services, Monmouthshire

Ian Bakewell, Chair of Monmouthshire Local Safeguarding Network

Chris Humphrey, Head of Adult Services, Newport

Mary Ryan, Chair of Newport Local Safeguarding Network

Gill Pratlett, Head of Adult Services, Torfaen

Deborah Davies, Chair of Torfaen Local Safeguarding Network

 Dr Nigel Farr, Designated Doctor Safeguarding, Public Health Wales

Nikki Harvey, Safeguarding Lead Officer, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust

Leanne Brustad, Detective Superintendent, Gwent Police

Steve Bartlett, Older People's Commissioner for Wales 

Kay Galvin, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust,

Nic Davies, Head of Gwent Local Delivery Unit, National Probation Service Wales

Heather Nicholls, Deputy Head Gwent Local Delivery Unit, National Probation Service Wales

Giles Mason, Governor, HMP Usk/Prescoed

Diana Binding, Assistant Chief Executive, Community Rehabilitation Company

Rebecca Haycock, Regional Advisor, Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV)

Scott Sanders, Charter Housing & Derwen Cymru

Peter Kennedy, Senior Executive Officer, Torfaen Voluntary Alliance

Martin Featherstone, Chief Executive Officer, GAVO

Louise George, GAVO

Eleri Thomas, Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Mel Roach, Business Unit Manager, Regional Safeguarding Business Unit

Stephen Berry, Development Officer, Regional Safeguarding Business Unit

Kelly Richards, Development Officer, Regional Safeguarding Business Unit






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