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A seminar with the Head of Safeguarding from NHS England

Norfolk and Suffolk’s safeguarding boards were pleased to welcome Kenny Gibson, Head of Safeguarding at NHS England, to facilitate a seminar in Diss on Friday 22 February. The event was attended by over 60 colleagues from a wide range of agencies and organisations across the eastern region.

Kenny was interested to learn about the resources we have for adaptive conversations for safeguarding, and explored with the audience the different forums and groups they participate in. He emphasised that we all need to think about how we hear the voice of victims and remind ourselves that we can do anything, but we cannot do everything.

Kenny is an engaging speaker who talked about his upbringing in a Scottish fishing village and how, as a child, he recognised vulnerability and tried to help. He began his NHS career as a laundry assistant and is a trained mental health nurse (he still practises) and a trained midwife. He is also a carer for his neighbour, Alice, a dementia diabetic. The audience shared some of their concerns with Kenny and the group. One of the key issues was around information sharing. Kenny advised that there is a GDPR exemption to allow information sharing (under s2.5.1). Initial feedback from the seminar was positive. Kenny shared information about some of the NHS resources that are available to all practitioners, accessed through their smart phones. Following the event, participants were encouraged to network and promote safeguarding in their communities.