Safeguarding

Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every individual. Our 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

We recognise safeguarding as a high priority. 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 the 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 policies and 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:-

Safeguarding Adults Policy

Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy

Safeguarding Children & Adults at Risk Strategy

Safeguarding Children Supervision Policy

Managing Safeguarding Children Allegations Against Staff Policy

Managing Adult Safeguarding Allegations Against Staff Policy

Training Strategy for Safeguarding & Looked After Children

Reporting Concerns in Barking & Dagenham

If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed or neglected or is at risk of this, you should contact

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – MASH

 9.00am – 5.00pm:

Tel: 020 8227 3811

 Out of hours after 5.00pm and weekends/bank holidays

Tel: 020 8227 3811 (all referrals for children)

 childrenss@lbbd.gov.uk

 Local Authority Designated Officer – LADO

 All referral should be sent directly to lado@lbbd.gcsx.gov.uk

Useful links and information:

www.bardag-lscb.co.uk

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

https://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Prevent Duty Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

Child sexual exploitation: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/child-sexual-exploitation/

The London Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol http://content.met.police.uk/Article/The-London-Child-Sexual-Exploitation-Operating-Protocol-March-2015/1400022286691/1400022286691

Female Genital Mutilation

FGM help and advice: https://www.gov.uk/female-genital-mutilation-help-advice

Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation: procedural information https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mandatory-reporting-of-female-genital-mutilation-procedural-information

FGM guidelines to protect children and women First published: 20 April 2011, Last updated: 1 April 2016. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multi-agency-statutory-guidance-on-female-genital-mutilation

London Child Protection Procedures 2015 5th Edition http://www.londoncp.co.uk/index.html

Working together to safeguard children; a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, March 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/419595/Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children.pdf

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused. Advice for practitioners, March 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/419604/What_to_do_if_you_re_worried_a_child_is_being_abused.pdf

Information sharing; Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers, March 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/419628/Information_sharing_advice_safeguarding_practitioners.pdf

Page last updated 07 July 2017