Bristol’s safeguarding adult and children boards have today (16th August 2017) launched a new joint website as a one stop shop for information and guidance about looking after vulnerable people in the city.
The website will now act as the focal point for all safeguarding information relating to adults and children for both residents and professionals alike.
Safeguarding policies, news, reports and advice is available along with contact information and training opportunities for professionals seeking to update or develop their knowledge and skills. Navigating the site is made easy by splitting it into two halves, one to represent the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) and the other to host information relating to the Bristol Safeguarding Adult Board (BSAB).
In a joint statement from Sally Lewis, Independent Chair of the BSCB and Louise Lawton, Independent Chair of BSAB, the chairs said: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business and having easy access to information, guidance and a means of reporting concerns about children and adults is crucial. This website is one way in which we intend to meet that need. Our ambition is to ensure this new site is recognised as the go to place for safeguarding advice and information whether that person is a professional or a citizen. Most importantly we want people to know that if they have a concern for an adult or a child they can use this website to report those concerns.”
Bristol’s safeguarding boards are the lead bodies for developing strategies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults in the city. Both boards are made up of agencies that play an important role in securing the wellbeing of vulnerable in the city.
Up until now information and guidance on safeguarding could mainly be found on Bristol City Council’s website with other agencies such as local NHS and Avon and Somerset Police hosing agency specific information on their own websites.
The launch of the new website will see most of this information reside in one place and include the latest news and updates from the agencies that make up both boards.
The new website can be found at https://bristolsafeguarding.org. Both boards are also on Twitter where news and safeguarding information is also shared and retweeted - @BristolLSCB and @BristolLSAB.