Keeping Children and Adults Safe From Harm

Our belief

Hull CCG believes that every person has the right to live a life free from maltreatment. Our work is underpinned by the principle that we must ensure that all children and adults, particularly those who are vulnerable, are kept safe from harm. This is known as “safeguarding”.

Harm can take many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and neglect and can affect anyone of any age. For further information on types and signs of abuse click here and here (paragraphs 14.16 – 14.26). We know that we must protect children, young people and adults from all forms of abuse.

 

What we do

We have a legal duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to safeguard children and young people. The Care Act 2014 introduced similar requirements for safeguarding adults.

Our safeguarding obligations include making sure our services are fit for purpose, are safe and don’t put patients at risk of harm. We work with our partners to ensure this and act on any concerns and incidents. The CCG also supports GP practices in their safeguarding duties.

We work with the providers of our services to make sure they have effective safeguarding arrangements in place. Providers must prove to us that they will protect children and adults and they must sign the NHS national contract which includes a safeguarding commitment. Our Safeguarding Children and Adults policy also includes standards for provider organisations. Our Quality and Clinical Governance Team and Contracting Team work with our providers and monitor their services to make sure they are meeting their obligations. Reporting against the requirements takes place at the Contract Management Board. Where necessary we will take appropriate action to maintain safeguarding standards including carrying out inspections, referrals to our partners such as the police and implementing sanctions.

Hull CCG is an active member of the Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board and works with partner agencies to review, manage and investigate any concerns and reports.

You can read the Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board Annual Report here.

Our own staff are appropriately trained and there are clear standards and expectations with regards to safeguarding including raising concerns (see our corporate policies). Every member of staff undertakes, as a minimum, regular training in the following:

  • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
  • The Mental Health Act and Deprivation of Liberty
  • Safeguarding Adults Level 1
  • Safeguarding Children Level 1
  • Prevent WRAP – to highlight how staff can contribute in preventing vulnerable people being exploited for extremist or terrorist purposes
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Information Governance – the legal framework governing the use of personal and confidential data

 

What you can do

In 2015 the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance stated “Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility…”

 If you think you or someone you know is either being abused or is at risk of harm, don’t wait until you are certain, tell someone. If you have any concerns or suspicions, use the details below to contact the relevant agency. You don’t have to give your details.

If someone is at risk of immediate harm call the police on 999.

If you are concerned about an immediate threat from a terrorist activity call 999 or 0800 789 321.

If you are concerned about a child or family call the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub on 01482 448879 or 01482 300304.

If you are worried about an adult call the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01482 616092 or 01482 300304.

For concerns about terrorism activities that don’t pose an immediate risk call 0800 1114645.

For concerns about modern slavery call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121700

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