Wales: NHS safeguarding kept vulnerable safe during pandemic

20 September 2021

A report from Public Health Wales (PHW) explains how the NHS Wales Safeguarding Network continued its vital work during the pandemic.

The network continued protecting vulnerable groups thanks to collaboration between teams and new ways of working. This vastly reduced the negative effects of the lockdowns.  

Digital technology was one method NHS Wales used. For example, phone and video consultations were trialled with looked-after children, young people, foster carers and social workers. Dr Aideen Naughton, service lead, National Safeguarding Team at PHW, said: ‘We all worked together to come up with new, innovative ways to continue safeguarding effectively.’

The National Safeguarding Team works closely with the Welsh Government, NHS health boards and trusts to improve safeguarding of vulnerable groups. 

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