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Range of topics for safeguarding week

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Hazardous co-sleeping with infants and adults who self-neglect are
among topics for discussion highlighted in National Safeguarding
Week in Mid and West Wales which runs from next Monday (4 th
November).

A wide-ranging programme is taking place throughout the week
across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys
including conferences, engagement events and workshops.

The programme has been co-ordinated by CWMPAS and CYSUR,
the Mid and West Wales Regional Safeguarding Board.

A highlight of the week is the Board’s annual conference at
Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest on Thursday, 14 th
November.

The keynote address is being delivered by Dr Eileen Munro, Emeritus
Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.

Dr Munro is the author of the Munro Review of Child Protection – a
child-centred system which made a number of recommendations to
reform the child protection system from being over-bureaucratised to
one that keeps a focus on the child.

The conference will highlight key achievements across the region in
implementing the Signs of Safety approach to working with families.

Signs of Safety is a more inclusive, solution-focused approach which
encourages families to find their own solutions to the challenges they
may be experiencing.

During the week, the Safeguarding Board will also seek to raise
awareness of circumstances in which co-sleeping becomes unsafe,
as well as the dangers of self-neglect and hoarding.

Technology will also be a theme as the Board formally launches its
newly designed website and enhanced social media presence in
order to improve awareness of its work and functions.

The new All-Wales Protection Procedures is also due to launch while
Dyfed Powys Police will follow a comprehensive programme of
activities to engage schools and communities, focussing on a variety
of themes such as sexting, cyber-crime and exploitation.

Other events taking place in Pembrokeshire include the Junior
Safeguarding Conference during which secondary school pupils will
receive a safeguarding module devised by Pembrokeshire’s
Safeguardians. There will also be a County Lines workshop to be
facilitated by Fearless, a branch of Crimestoppers.

Carmarthenshire County Council will be facilitating consultation
with partner agencies to finalise the draft regional self-neglect policy.
Hywel Dda University Health Board will also hold a Learning Event
related to this theme as part of Safeguarding Week activities.

Events taking place across Powys include the formal launch of new
procedures relating to deprivation of liberty safeguards, as well as
training across Health Boards on a range of adult safeguarding issues
delivered jointly with Trading Standards and Police.

TESTUNAU AMRYWIOL AR GYFER YR WYTHNOS
DDIOGELU

Mae cyd-gysgu peryglus gyda babanod, ac oedolion sy’n hunan-
esgeuluso ymhlith testunau i’w trafod y tynnir sylw atynt yn yr
Wythnos Ddiogelu Genedlaethol yng Nghanolbarth a Gorllewin
Cymru sy’n rhedeg o ddydd Llun nesaf (4 Tachwedd).

Mae rhaglen eang yn cael ei chynnal trwy gydol yr wythnos ledled Sir
Benfro, Ceredigion, Sir Gaerfyrddin a Phowys yn cynnwys
cynadleddau, digwyddiadau ymgysylltu a gweithdai.

Cydgysylltwyd y rhaglen gan CWMPAS a CYSUR, Bwrdd Diogelu
Rhanbarthol Canolbarth a Gorllewin Cymru.

Un o uchafbwyntiau’r wythnos yw cynhadledd flynyddol y Bwrdd yng
Ngholeg Sir Benfro yn Hwlffordd ddydd Iau, 14 Tachwedd.

Cyflwynir y prif anerchiad gan Dr Eileen Munro, Athro Emeritws Polisi
Cymdeithasol yn Ysgol Economeg Llundain.

Dr Munro yw awdur Munro Review of Child Protection – a child-
centred system, a wnaeth nifer o argymhellion i ddiwygio’r system
amddiffyn plant o fod yn system or-fiwrocrataidd i un sy’n cynnal
ffocws ar y plentyn.

Bydd y gynhadledd yn tynnu sylw at y prif gyflawniadau ar draws y
rhanbarth o ran gweithredu’r ymagwedd Arwyddion Diogelwch wrth
weithio gyda theuluoedd.

Mae Arwyddion Diogelwch yn ymagwedd fwy cynhwysol, yn
canolbwyntio ar atebion, sy’n annog teuluoedd i ddod o hyd i’w
hatebion eu hunain i’r heriau y gallant fod yn eu hwynebu.

Yn ystod yr wythnos, bydd y Bwrdd Diogelu yn mynd ati hefyd i
gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o amgylchiadau lle mae cyd-gysgu yn
anniogel, yn ogystal â pheryglon hunan-esgeuluso a chelcio.

Bydd technoleg yn thema hefyd wrth i’r Bwrdd lansio’i wefan yn ffurfiol
ar ei newydd gwedd, ynghyd â gwell presenoldeb yn y cyfryngau
cymdeithasol er mwyn gwella ymwybyddiaeth o’i waith a’i
swyddogaethau.

Bydd fersiwn newydd Gweithdrefnau Amddiffyn Cymru Gyfan yn cael
ei lansio hefyd, a bydd Heddlu Dyfed Powys yn dilyn rhaglen
gynhwysfawr o weithgareddau i ymgysylltu ag ysgolion a
chymunedau, gan ganolbwyntio ar amrywiaeth o themâu fel secstio,
seiberdroseddu a chamfanteisio.

Mae digwyddiadau eraill sy’n cael eu cynnal yn Sir Benfro yn
cynnwys y Gynhadledd Diogelu Plant Iau lle bydd disgyblion ysgolion
uwchradd yn derbyn modiwl diogelu a ddyfeisiwyd gan Warchodwyr
Sir Benfro. Hefyd, bydd gweithdy Llinellau Cyffuriau yn cael ei gynnal
gan Fearless, sef cangen o Crimestoppers.

Bydd Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin yn hwyluso ymgynghoriad gydag
asiantaethau partner i roi’r wedd derfynol ar y polisi hunan-esgeuluso
rhanbarthol drafft. Hefyd, bydd Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda yn
cynnal Digwyddiad Dysgu yn gysylltiedig â’r thema hon fel rhan o
weithgareddau’r Wythnos Ddiogelu.

Mae digwyddiadau sy’n cael eu cynnal ledled Powys yn cynnwys
lansio gweithdrefnau newydd yn ffurfiol yn ymwneud â threfniadau
diogelu wrth amddifadu o ryddid, yn ogystal â hyfforddiant ar draws
Byrddau Iechyd ar amrywiaeth o faterion diogelu oedolion a gyflwynir
ar y cyd â Safonau Masnach a’r Heddlu.

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Lottery win for local neighbours

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Five people in Manorbier are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The Wheelers Way neighbours netted the windfall when SA70 7TU was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Monday 24th February 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “What brilliant news to start your week! Congratulations to our winners.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.

This draw was promoted by the Wildlife Trusts which have received over £11.3 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The Wildlife Trusts look after more than 2,300 nature reserves and operate more than 100 visitor and education centres across the country. The Trusts work to make life better for wildlife, people and future generations.

Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.

For more information on People’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook and Twitter.

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Young Tenby-based currency trader making £8k a day

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BBC ONE Wales show ‘Young, Welsh and Pretty Minted’ will feature Pembrokeshire-based currency trader Ashley Richards this week.

The successful young entrepreneur, who lives in Tenby, fuels a life of fast cars and expensive watches by making thousands of pounds per-day with just a few simple phone calls.

Ashley, 20, has been trading online for 4 years and discovered that he’d failed his GCSE exams on the same day that he also made £470 trading currency online.

“That’s the day I first found out that I could make money without any GCSEs or qualifications,” says Ashley confidently.

“I’ve always thought that I would want to do business at university and I was thinking to myself, ‘What’s the point of learning how to do business when you can do it and learn on the job?'”

From there, Ashley launched into a risky career that has given him an incredible £200,000 a year since.

Ashley spends his money on cars, he currently owns 4 including a BMW i8 that cost a staggering £115,000, but never forgets the Pembrokeshire council estate he grew up on, returning to visit regularly so he never forgets his roots.

A spokesperson for the show told The Herald “Ashley is living the fantasy life from his seaside home in Tenby.

Armed with only his laptop and a mobile, he has been known to bring home £8,000 in one day by trading currency online. He supports his appetite for fast cars and designer watches working just two hours a day, but with his mates all working full time, it can be a lonely place to be.”

A high risk career like currency trading can involve losing money, something Ashley is more than aware of: “You’ve got to have it in the back of your mind that you can possibly lose money. I’ve lost money before, but how I look at it is that I’ve just profited less than I would’ve.”

Ashley also uses his new found wealth to help his mother out “It’s every son’s or daughter’s dream to be able to really treat their parents. It is really nice.

“My mum has definitely done her bit so it’s only fair that I reward her. That’s one of the main reasons why I work so hard because I just want to make sure my family has an easier life.”

Ashley’s amazing story is on ‘Young, Welsh and Pretty Minted’ which will air on BBC One Wales tonight (Feb 24) at 10:35pm

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Trecadwgan farm to be sold by auction

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has decided to sell Trecadwgan Farm by way of public auction.
The Council’s decision has been made in order to bring the sale process to a conclusion and give interested parties a fair and transparent opportunity to purchase Trecadwgan Farm.

The property was originally placed with a local agent for sale by way of public auction in July 2019 after the Council’s Cabinet resolved to sell the Farm on the open market to create a significant capital receipt.
However, it was withdrawn from public auction at the request of the community group known as ‘Save Trecadwgan Farm’ to give them an opportunity to prepare a business plan and seek finance in order to purchase the same on the open market.

Due to the interest shown in the Farm and the offers being made by interested parties, the Council decided that having withdrawn the property from public auction, to conduct the sale by way of private treaty.

Offers were made via the Council’s agent who undertook a standard sales process up to the set date whereby any party who made an offer were advised whether or not the offer made was the highest received.

As part of the process a local charitable foundation made the highest offer by the specified date to purchase the Property and accordingly the Council issued the draft documentation to their solicitors.

It is understood that the foundation had agreed to allow the local community group to use the Farm.

Notwithstanding that the terms and conditions of the transaction were disclosed to all interested parties in the particulars of sale, the foundation would not accept the contract conditions and subsequently withdrew their offer.

Having taken the advice of its agent, the Council agreed that the parties who made unsuccessful offers should be contacted to confirm whether they were still interested and if so to confirm the value of their offer.

At this time a third party who had not been part of the original offer process made the highest offer which again was accepted by the Council subject to contract.

Although the third party was not a party approached by the Council’s agent, as the third party had not previously made a bid, the offer was accepted on the basis of the Council’s duty under section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 to obtain the best consideration which can reasonably be obtained. It is understood that the third party also intended to allow the Community group to occupy the Farm although the terms and conditions are unknown to the Council.

However, the statutory duty and supporting case law relevant to the sale of property by local authorities indicates that the Council has a duty to give consideration to any offer made to the Council.

The Council has now received a number of further higher offers to purchase the Farm.

“Having originally taken the property out of the auction at the request of the Community Group, the Council has, due to the statutory provisions found itself in a difficult and time consuming sales process,” said Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance.

“Therefore to ensure that the sale process can be brought to a conclusion and ensure that all interested parties are given a fair and transparent opportunity to purchase the Farm, the Council has decided to sell the Farm by way of a public auction.”

Cllr Kilmister went on to explain that it is sound practice that local authorities should dispose of surplus land wherever possible.

“Generally it is expected that land should be sold for the best consideration reasonably obtainable,” he said.
“However, it is recognised that there may be circumstances where an authority considers it appropriate to dispose of land at an undervalue. Authorities should clearly not divest themselves of valuable public assets unless they are satisfied that the circumstances warrant such action.

“The General Disposal Consent (Wales) 2003 which enables the sale at an undervalue gives local authorities autonomy to carry out their statutory duties and functions, and to fulfil such other objectives as they consider to be necessary or desirable. However, when disposing of land at an undervalue, authorities must remain aware of the need to fulfil their fiduciary duty in a way which is accountable to local people.

“The Council has not resolved to use the general consent in this matter on the basis that the Farm will create a substantial capital receipt which is essential given the severe financial pressures the Council is presently facing.”

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