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New chair sought for pan-island safeguarding board

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Thursday 11 April 2019

For the first time, the States of Guernsey and Government of Jersey are working together to appoint a new pan-Channel Island chair of the Safeguarding Partnership Board.

The board was established in Jersey and exists to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in that island through the joint work of the Children's Safeguarding Board and Adults Safeguarding Board.

The Jersey board's chairperson, Glenys Johnston, is stepping down as independent chair as her six-year term has come to an end.

Recruitment has now begun to appoint a new pan-island chair, who will operate across Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney and will seek to strengthen safeguarding policies and procedures in order to help protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care, said:

"We are really pleased with the development of a joint position, which has my full support. I look forward to continuing to work with colleagues in Jersey to identify other areas which would benefit from closer working across the Channel Islands."

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondre, said:

"We also welcome the new development of a pan-island chair. This appointment will help us to share learning and good practice across both islands which in the longer term will help to build mutually beneficial links between our two governments."

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