Feeling safe – safeguarding adults and children at risk

Home may not always feel or be the safest place for everyone and it is important that we continue to look out for children and adults who may be at risk especially during the current restrictions.

Abuse can take any of the following forms:

  • Physical
  • Psychological / Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Neglect or acts of omission
  • Financial Abuse

For further information or examples read our Worried about an Adult or Child (Safeguarding) page.

If you have concerns that an adult or child is in immediate danger, call 999.

Otherwise to report your concerns to Social care, please telephone Porth Gofal on 01545 574000 during office hours (Monday – Thursday 08:45 – 17:00 and 16:30 on Friday) and 0300 4563554 outside office hours.

Five Steps to better connectivity

For further information read our 5 Steps to better connectivity page.

Take all reasonable measures to maintain physical distancing in the workplace

The Welsh Government has expanded the physical distancing requirements in legislation because of concerns that some employers who could take steps to keep staff further apart have not done so.

As from 7 April, the new requirements and principles of taking “all reasonable measures” to maintain physical distance now applies to all workplaces which remain open. This includes for example commercial and industrial premises, public services, health and social care premises, schools and childcare settings, call centres, hospitality centres and other open sites such as construction sites and roadworks and outdoor places including livestock markets. The new requirements therefore apply in a very broad range of circumstances but there will be situations where it is not possible to take reasonable measures.

The test of whether a measure is reasonable is an objective one.  It will be for a business to justify the reasonable measures that they have adopted and to demonstrate how they have considered that these are proportionate to minimise the risks faced by workers who have to continue to attend work in their workplace.  It is important that employers undertake an assessment of what reasonable measures can be taken and to keep this under periodic review and to undertake such an assessment before concluding there are no reasonable measures that they can take, as there are no blanket exemptions from this legislation.

We all have a personal and social responsibility to comply with the 2 metre requirement to ensure that the risk of transmission of coronavirus across Wales is reduced.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Scams

Your eyes and ears are needed: Individuals and communities are working together across Ceredigion to help those most in need. As with any crisis though, coronavirus offers opportunities to the unscrupulous to exploit the vulnerable. If you or your community group become aware that anyone is at risk of falling victim to scams, then we need your help in cracking down on them. Read more on our Your eyes and ears are needed page.

Examples of the types of COVID-19 scams to be aware of and the action needing to be taken are detailed in this briefing note, Coronavirus Scams - Information Summary Sheet. Please note however that new scams are regularly being reported and not all will be listed in here. This is a helpful resource for all but particularly if you’re a frontline worker or volunteer.

For more information go to the National Trading Standards website.

People are being encouraged to protect their neighbours by joining Friends Against Scams, which provides free online training to empower people to take a stand against scams. To complete the online modules, visit Friends Against Scams website.

For advice and information on how to check if something might be a scam, visit the Citizens Advice page.

Both the Police and National Trading Standards Agency are advising that there have also been an increase in the number of scams as some people take advantage of the concerns and fears held by others about the virus. Here's a Coronavirus Scams - Information Summary Sheet to the type of scams currently being reported.

Volunteering

Volunteering in Ceredigion