Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults is Everyone’s Responsibility
Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to safeguarding children and adults across the organisation. The welfare of the people who come into contact with the services we commission either directly or indirectly is paramount and all our staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.
We continue to progress a programme of safeguarding training for staff to ensure that all eligible staff have received the right level of training relevant to their roles and responsibilities
As part of the Trust’s commitment to safeguarding throughout all its services, we have two designate nurse post for Adults & Children. We also have a policy for safeguarding both Vulnerable Adults and Children which is linked to Local Authority procedures. Please see below.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
All employers and employees are required to act in accordance with the set policy and act on any information that comes to their attention which gives reasonable grounds to suspect that a vulnerable adult had been, is being or could be abused.
The definition of a vulnerable adult is taken from the Department of Health guidance ‘No Secrets’ issued in 2000. A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 or above:
‘Who is, or may be in need of Community Care Services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself from significant harm or exploitation.’
Any abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights. Abuse includes physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse, material neglect and acts of omission, and institutional and discriminatory abuse.
The Trust meets all statutory requirements in relation to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and the process of pre-employment checks is managed through a robust centralised process.
We have a dedicated Trust policy for the provision of safeguarding vulnerable adults which is linked to the local authority policies which are in place for the borough.
Safeguarding Adults Documentation
- Dudley Safeguarding Adults Board – Main Website
- Safeguarding Adults – Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures for the West Midlands
- Safeguarding Adults – How to Report Abuse
- How to place a referral to Safeguarding
- Self-Neglect, Mental Capacity and the Safeguarding Role
- Cyberbullying Workforce Guideance
- Older Victims of Domestic Abuse
- Safeguarding Alerts Policy
- Managing Safeguarding Allegations Against Staff: Policy & Procedure
- Safeguarding vulnerable people in the reformed NHS – accountability and assurance framework
- Keeping Adults Safe from Abuse and Neglect
Safeguarding Vulnerable Children
Dudley CCG is committed to safeguarding children across the organisation. The welfare of children who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.
Following the publication of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the arrangements in the NHS for safeguarding children, we have reviewed our arrangements against the priority areas highlighted by the CQC.
The CCG meets all statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS) checks and the process of pre-employment checks is managed through a robust centralised process.
The Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and procedures have been updated in line with changes to legislation and are widelyavailable to staff. They are reviewed and monitored via the Quality and Safety Committee, a formal sub-committee of the Trust Board.
The CCG has a Designated Senior Nurse for Children’s Safeguarding who liaises closely with the Clinical Lead and the Chief Quality & Nursing Officer. We will also have a Named GP for Safeguarding whose responsibilities in this area are written into their job plan. The CCG has also secured the expertise of a Designated Doctor via a service level agreement who liaises closely with the Designated Senior Nurse.
We have dedicated CCG practice and commissioning policies for the provision of safeguarding vulnerable children. The practice policy is linked to Dudley Safeguarding Children Board procedures which are available via the links below.
Safeguarding Children Documentation
- Dudley Safeguarding Children Board – Main Website
- Child Sexual Exploitation GP pack Sept 13
- Child Sexual Exploitation Videos
- DSCB – Serious Case Reviews
- Managing Safeguarding Allegations Against Staff
- Protecting Children who Move Across Local Authority Borders
- Record Keeping for Professionals
- Resolution and Escalation Procedures
- Safeguarding Children Board Procedures
- Safeguarding Children – Child Protection Policy
- Safeguarding Children – Policy for Commissioning
- Safeguarding Children – Threshold Guidance
- Safeguarding Children – Threshold Poster
- Working Together
- Managing Allegations Against Staff
Children and Young People in Dudley
Please click here to access our children and young peoples page.
For further enquiries about safeguarding vulnerable children please contact: