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Risk of abuse or neglect 'must be reported' from 2016

Suspected risk of abuse or neglect of children or adults must reported by police, health staff and other workers from 2016, it has been confirmed.

Professionals will face action if they do not alert the relevant local authority under the law passed in May.

They will be given the right to enter premises to check if a vulnerable adult is making their own decisions.

Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said the Welsh government would give "guidance" on how the new duties would be carried out, but the law would not be a criminal one.

He spoke to Paul Martin.

  • 19 Dec 2014
  • From the section Wales