Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
First Minister news conference
First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a press conference following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum result.
- Extra Safe Routes in Communities funding for Bridgend schools
- Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
- First Minister news conference
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- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Inappropriate admissions guidance
- Draft guidance on housing association board member remuneration
- Smoke-free private vehicles carrying children
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
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Protection of vulnerable adults
Our approach is to maintain an appropriate balance between the promotion of independence and the safeguarding of vulnerable adults.
Tackling adult abuse is not just a matter for ourselves, service providers, statutory authorities, regulatory bodies or the police to deal with.
All citizens and organisations have a role in protecting vulnerable adults from abuse wherever and whenever it occurs. There is no room for complacency and we will continue to give the protection of vulnerable adults high priority.
In 2000 strategic guidance was issued to authorities in Wales called ‘In Safe Hands’. It established the national framework for the development of local policies, procedures and guidance for the protection of vulnerable adults.
'In Safe Hands’ provides for Social Services Departments to co-ordinate and lead with a range of partners including the NHS and the police.
Their duties are to develop and implement local arrangements to:
- respond to
- prevent abuse of vulnerable adults in all settings and to take appropriate action against perpetrators of abuse.
Among other initiatives to help prevent and tackle abuse:
- The regulatory and national minimum standards regimes, introduced in Wales under the Care Standards Act 2000. Care homes, domiciliary care and adult placements are covered under this legislation. New staff have to undergo pre-employment checks that help protect vulnerable adults.
- Publication of guidance on the protection of vulnerable adults from financial abuse in settings from their own homes to care homes. This guidance was issued as a supplement to ‘In Safe Hands’.
We commissioned an independent review of ‘In Safe Hands’. Researchers were asked to look specifically at adult protection with a view to recommending the need for new legislation.
An Adult Protection Project Board was established to review our adult protection policies and guidance and to make recommendations to Welsh Ministers.