Group F practitioners are the most senior people in an organisation.
They’re responsible for making sure safeguarding is consistent across different agencies or regions in Wales and the UK.
Group F practitioners include:
- elected members for local authorities
- board executive and non-executive directors
- members of all partner organisations
- chief executive officers
- Welsh Government ministers
- Assistant and Chief Constables.
One person in a public sector organisation will be ultimately responsible for safeguarding.
This will normally be about corporate safeguarding, and this isn’t the same as being the highest decision-maker in the safeguarding process.
All Group F practitioners should have access to safeguarding advice and expertise from designated or named professionals.
Group F practitioners don’t need the same in-depth knowledge of safeguarding as group E practitioners because they don’t need to have the same level of expertise and skills.
Group F practitioners need to have the same basic awareness of safeguarding as group A.
They’ll also need to do some training, such as the violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) awareness training.
- I provide leadership that embraces safeguarding in the public sector and promotes multi-agency working.
- I understand the core elements of safeguarding and why this is an important area.
- I will be guided and provided with assurance by group E practitioners on areas of concern.
According to the standards, people in group F need to know:
- the core competencies for specialist roles and sector leaders
- how to work in ways that safeguard people from abuse, harm and neglect
- the factors, situations and actions that could lead to, or contribute to abuse, harm or neglect
- how to report, respond to and record safeguarding concerns or allegations
- how to support others to safeguard people.