Safeguarding

 The CCG holds the value that living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every individual. The CCG’s vision is to commission services that protect individual human rights, promote dignity, independence and well-being, hear and respond to the needs of children, young people and adults and carers

The CCG recognises safeguarding as a high priority for their organisation. In order to achieve this we ensure we have arrangements in place to provide strong leadership, vision and direction for safeguarding. We make sure we have clear accessible policies and procedures in line with relevant legislation, statutory guidance and best practice.

We have a clear line of accountability for safeguarding within CCG. An Accountable Officer and executive lead for safeguarding are in place, and responsibility for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is within the portfolio of the Nurse Director who is supported by the Deputy Director of Safeguarding. The designated professionals for safeguarding and looked after children are an integral part of CCG activity. It is also recognised that safeguarding is an extremely challenging and complex field and that strong leadership is required to ensure our most vulnerable members of society are protected from harm.

The CCG ensures that organisations commissioned to provide services have appropriate systems that safeguard children in line with section 11 of the Children Act 2004, and adults in line with the Care Act 2014. These systems include accessible policy & procedures, safer recruitment arrangements, training and governance.

The CCG is a statutory member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The Nurse Director and designated professionals are members of the LSCB and continue to develop and maintain our well established and effective working relationships. We fully support all relevant subgroups and contribute resources and expertise from health commissioning.

Click here for Key Safeguarding contacts for BHR CCGs

Supporting documents:

Adult Safeguarding Policy

Managing Adult Safeguarding Allegations Against Staff Policy

Safeguarding Children and Young People policy

Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Strategy

Safeguarding Children Supervision Policy

Managing Safeguarding Children Allegations Against Staff Policy

Safeguarding Children declaration 2018/19

Training Strategy for Safeguarding and Looked After Children

Useful links and information:

Redbridge local safeguarding board 

NSPCC

Childline

Female genital mutilation

Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation: procedural information 

Female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect children and women. First published: 20 April 2011, Last updated: 1 April 2016.

Prevent duty guidance

Child sexual exploitation at a glance, NSPCC

The London Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol March 2015 

London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance 5th Ed 2017

Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS – Accountability and Assurance Framework July 2015 

Working Together to Safeguard Children - A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children July 2018 

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused. Advice for practitioners, March 2015

Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers July 2018

Page last updated 14 November 2018