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Out and about promoting safeguarding across Denbighshire

A series of activities are being arranged across Denbighshire as part of a national drive to raise awareness of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
13-17 November was designated National Safeguarding Week, with organisations across the country arranging activities to raise the profile of this important national issue.
Denbighshire County Council fully supported the initiative and has a wide range of information, advice and training sessions across the county, including presentations on modern slavery, information stands at Talking Points, raising awareness of dementia and training on self-neglect.
The Council will also be working with its own staff to make them aware of the signs of any safeguarding issue and that they are aware of their duty to report concerns and how to do so. CouncillorBobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “Safeguarding is not only about protecting vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect and ensuring their wellbeing. It is also about making sure people are supported to live full and happy lives.
“We work closely with our partners to raise awareness of safeguarding issues and national weeks like this provide a great opportunity to also drive home the message to the wider public that we all have a role to play in safeguarding.
“Family, friends and neighbours of vulnerable people may realise that something is amiss with an individual or a family. If alarm bells start ringing, then those concerns should be reported at the earliest opportunity. By working together, we really can make a difference”. To find out more about safeguarding and for full details of events across North Wales, please visit: www.northwalessafeguardingboard.wales

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

The final line of this rhyme until 1765 went like this: “And none for the little boy who cries down the lane.”
It is thought it was changed to make it more pleasant for young ears but the original version is at the heart of the rhyme which, unsurprisingly enough, is all about sheep.
Sheep have always been important to the rural economy and, by 1260, some flocks consisted of as many as 8,000 animals, tended by a dozen full time shepherds.
When Edward 1 returned from his crusading in 1272,he imposed new taxes on wool to fund his military campaigns. It was this wool tax which is said to be the basis of this rhyme.
One third of the price of each sack must go the King (the master), one third to the Church or the monasteries (the dame) and none to the actual shepherd (the little boy who cries down the lane.)
Rather than being a gentle nursery song about sharing things out fairly, it’s a bitter reflection on how brutal life was for the working classes.