Safeguarding Children and Adults is Everybody's Responsibility
Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups(CCGs) have a responsibility, along with other NHS organisations and every healthcare professional to ensure that people in vulnerable circumstances are not only safe but also receive the highest possible standard of care. Quick links
The welfare of the people who come into contact with the services commissioned by NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is paramount. The NHS Wyre Forest CCG has a statutory responsibility for ensuring that the organisations from which they commission services provide a safe system that safeguards children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect. There are statutory requirements to safeguard children - the same key principles apply in relation to arrangements to safeguard adults. All staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.
NHS Wyre Forest CCG has a statutory duty to be members of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) and are expected to be fully engaged with local Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs), working in partnership with local authorities to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities.
NHS Wyre Forest CCG is fully engaged with Worcestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board (WSCB) and Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) at a senior level within the organisation through the participation of the Executive Nurse, Designated Nurse, Designated Doctor and Named Professionals ; working in partnership with the local authority to fulfil safeguarding responsibilities. This includes ensuring that robust processes are in place to learn lessons from cases where children or adults are seriously harmed or die and abuse or neglect is suspected. For example, by contributing to Serious Case Reviews (SCRs), Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) and Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) which are commissioned by WSCB/WSAB/Community Safety Partnership (CSP) respectively. Also where appropriate, conducting individual management reviews and other learning processes.
What to do if you are concerned a child might be in danger, at risk of significant harm or you are concerned about a child
Emergency Duty Team (Out of Office Hours) 01905 768020
The Cause for Concern Notification is now live. https://capublic.worcestershire.gov.uk/FamilyDoorPortal/
To gain access you will need to register, which is a very quick and easy process. My advice would be to register in advance, and familiarise yourself with it ahead of any need to use the form. It is very clear and easy to use, however if you have an comments about it, you can use the Comments and Experiences form on this page http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20273/information_about_service_changes_within_childrens_social_care_and_early_help
The Levels of Need Guidance is now accessible at the Advice, Information and Guidance for Professionals web page
Many of the hyperlinks are to the West Mercia Child Protection Procedures – if you are not familiar with these, please take 5 minutes to look through and see what's there, this is a very important source of information especially for Safeguarding Leads.
Adult Safeguarding is aimed at adults with care and support needs who, as a result of their care and support needs, are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect. In these cases, local services must work together to safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about how they want to live.
Abuse can happen anywhere including in someone’s home or a care home, a day centre or a hospital, at work or at college. Those responsible for abuse can be relatives, friends, neighbours, paid care workers, volunteers, professional staff and strangers. Some adults may be afraid to, or may be unable to tell anyone they are being abused.
Anyone can report concerns when they suspect someone they know is being abused. If you believe a crime has been committed call the police on 999; if you need an urgent response please contact the Access Service on 01905 768053 to speak to someone.
Otherwise go to Worcestershire County Council online form on the Your Life, Your Choice website. Follow the link:
http://ylyc.worcestershire.gov.uk and press 'worried about someone' to access the form.
Worcestershire Safeguarding Adult Board Policies and Procedures and practice guidance are accessible via
There are now daily multi-agency CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) meetings. Following this if a young person is identified from your practice of being at ‘high risk’ you and other relevant professionals will be notified via an e-mail entitled ‘Summary of CSE Triage meeting’.
Please follow the actions highlighted in this flow chart.
Midlands and East Safeguarding
Midlands and East Safeguarding Newsletter
WSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Position Statement, updated March 2016.
2014-15 Safeguarding Children and Adults Annual Report Final
Following publication of the ‘ Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 1997-2013’ last week, I thought it would be helpful to remind you of Worcestershire’s Child Sexual Exploitation Pathway, launched in August last year. Attached is the link for the full report: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham
Briefing sheet - Dec 14
In March the DfE published the new statutory guidance for adults working with children and families in England: Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (HM Government, 2013).
The new guidance comes into force on 15 April 2013.
A link to the document is below.
SAFER communication guidelines
A summary of "Working together to safeguard children" (2013)-NSPCC current awareness briefing.
(Click on the ‘further reading’ hyperlink above)
Domestic Abuse Forum
September 2015 Forum Newsletter