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Safeguarding Board 'making good progress', says Chair

The Isle of Man's Safeguarding Board is making 'good progress', according to it's Chair.

The comments of Glenys Johnston CBE come as the body sets out its annual report for between April 2019 and March 31 this year, which is being tabled at this month's sitting of Tynwald.

The annual report covers the first twelve months following the Safeguarding Board becoming a legal entity in its own right in March 2019.

Putting the board on a statutory footing was one of several measures from government to strengthen safeguarding arrangements for children and vulnerable adults on Manx shores.

The number of adult safeguarding referrals increased during 2019-20, totalling 378, up from 277 in the previous year.

Meanwhile, the annual report sets out a number of achievements by the board over the course of twelve months, which include an audit of the safeguarding effectiveness of GPs and giving safeguarding children training sessions to over 790 people across the public, private and third sectors.

Mrs Johnston adds: "I believe that, thanks to the invaluable contribution of partner agencies, the Board is making good progress in improving safeguarding arrangements in the Isle of Man.

"Safeguarding, by its very nature, is a complex and demanding area of work and a process of continuous improvement.  There is no finish line.

"Like safeguarding boards  across the British Isles, there of course remains work to be done here in the Isle of Man and I am confident that the commitment of everyone involved will ensure that progress will continue to be made."

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