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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 02 2016


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Eluned Morgan AM’s #DiolchDoc Campaign


said: “The response to this campaign was incredible. All patients grasped immediately, irrespective of the way they had voted, that these expert professionals need to be supported and made to feel at home.” Doctors and nurses from outside


REGIONAL Assembly Member


Eluned Morgan paid a visit to Bronglais Hospital to see maternity and paediatric facilities, as part of a tour of hospitals across Mid and west Wales. Eluned Morgan also took the


opportunity to meet with patients to talk about her latest campaign, which has received the backing of the Welsh Government. #DiolchDoc is a campaign to thank EU and overseas staff working in the NHS. Finance and Local Government


Cabinet Secretary, Mark Drakeford, said: “Eluned Morgan has developed a campaign to demonstrate loud and


clear that EU nationals and others are not simply treated with tolerance here in Wales, but that they are welcome to be here and that the decision they have made to make their future part of our future is a decision that is hugely appreciated and recognised.” Eluned Morgan AM explained:


“One of the biggest challenges the NHS faces, especially in rural areas like Mid and West Wales, is attracting staff. At the same time we’re dealing with the turmoil caused by our decision to leave the EU. I think it’s important to make clear the incredible contribution made by doctors, nurses and other staff who come from the EU


and elsewhere overseas to work in our NHS. “Several EU doctors have told me


that they feel slightly less welcome since the vote and so it is essential that we, the public, take time to reassure them, and make them understand that we do appreciate all that they do for us. We also need to ensure that we explain this carefully to the hundreds of thousands in Wales who did have concerns about immigration. “Over the summer I have been


asking the public across Wales to support me in a campaign to ensure that our doctors, nurses, health professionals and care workers from


FUW enjoys successful Meirionnydd County Show


the EU or overseas feel welcome by saying thank you to them.” Following her visit to Bronglais,


meeting staff and speaking to patients about her campaign, she


of the UK support the delivery of NHS services across Wales. Eluned Morgan added: “We also have a recruitment problem in specific specialist areas. We need the experts already here to stay. We need more skilled health workers to come. The success of the services in our hospitals is utterly dependent on their expertise, as well as on the expertise of British staff.” A flyer in support of the


campaign to cut out and give to show appreciation to health professionals is available on www.Facebook.com/ ElunedMorganAM and thanks can be tweeted using #DiolchDoc.


Sharp increase in indecent image offences THE NUMBER of offences


involving the possession of indecent images recorded by police in Wales has more than trebled over the last three years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. A Freedom of Information request


from the leading children’s charity showed that in Wales there were a total of 1,321 indecent images offences over the last three years, with 201 recorded in 2013 rising to 738 in 2015. Across this three-year period,


South Wales Police saw the highest number of recorded crimes with 480, followed by Dyfed-Powys Police with 412, North Wales Police with 320 and Gwent Police with 109 – although the Gwent force’s figures were for 2015 only.


Across the UK, the total number


Representatives of theFUWgroup: Having a well deserved break from their hard work serving refreshments THE MEIRIONNYDD branch


of the Farmers’ Union of Wales enjoyed a successful day at the County Show held at Corwen last Wednesday (Aug 24), with the FUW’s marquee on the show field being extremely busy with many meetings and discussions taking place throughout the day. The Union’s Meirionnydd


County Executive Officer, Huw Jones, said: “We enjoyed a very successful day and the County branch is extremely grateful to the Ladies section of the Union in the Bala and Corwen areas for their hard work in preparing the refreshments throughout the day. I would also like to thank all those who contributed and helped in any way to ensure the event’s success. “We also held a meeting with


both Meirion Dwyfor Assembly member Dafydd Elis Thomas and MP Liz Saville Roberts. The discussion centred around the possible timetable for leaving the European Union,


consequences for family farms and the rural economy. Many questions were raised regarding the future legislative framework, farm support


of recorded crimes for the possession, distribution and production of indecent images of children rose from 4,530 in 2013 to 10,818 in 2015. With such a significant rise in


and trade negotiations and members were encouraged to respond to the online Brexit questionnaire on the FUW’s website.”


FUW Meirionnydd County Chairman Euros Puw: Chairing a meeting with Liz Saville Roberts MP and Dafydd Elis Thomas AM


indecent images offences recorded, the NSPCC is calling for police to be given the resources to tackle the growing threat and has highlighted that the digital industry has a responsibility to work to tackle the issue. Des Mannion, Head of Service for


NSPCC Cymru/Wales, told The Herald: “These figures clearly show that there is a growing problem of people viewing child abuse material and more needs to be done to tackle the issue. “We want to see companies who


operate online to prioritise this issue by committing significant expertise and resources to preventing the publication and distribution of these images. “Social network providers and


other technology platforms must realise that they are the key enablers of online child sexual abuse and make a serious commitment to tackling it.” The police figures also showed


that across the UK, where the age of the suspect was known, more than 2,000 children were reported to police for indecent images offences between 2013 and 2015.


North Wales Police had the highest


number of under 18s recorded as being investigated by police with 74, followed by Gwent Police with 12. South Wales Police and Dyfed-Powys Police had none recorded. The NSPCC is concerned that the


large number of children reported to police for indecent images offences may include youngsters who have shared naked ‘selfies’ and the charity is urging parents to talk to children about the risks. The NSPCC recently published


research which showed that only half of parents knew that children taking and sending naked pictures of themselves was illegal, whilst two out of five parents feared their children might be involved in ‘sexting’ but had not spoken to them about the risks. Mr Mannion added: “It is alarming


to see so many children reported to police for indecent images offences. “Children need to be taught about


the dangers of sending sexual pictures of themselves so they don’t find themselves at risk of harm and abuse. “Young people who are caught


‘sexting’ put themselves at risk of sexual exploitation, grooming and cyber bullying, whilst they could also face the prospect of a criminal record if they are reported to police. “That’s why we have recently


issued advice and guidance to parents about how to talk to their children about sexting, as well as what to do if they have been sharing sexual images of themselves.” NSPCC Cymru/Wales has called


for the Welsh government to take the lead in protecting children from harm online, such as grooming, cyber bullying, sexting, and viewing child abuse images. The charity has advocated


compulsory age-appropriate online safety lessons for schoolchildren in Wales, working alongside the priority given to digital competence in the school curriculum from September this year, to teach children about the dangers of social media and online grooming.


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