Under the Health & Social Care Act 2012, NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCG) is, from the 1st of April 2013, statutorily responsible for ensuring that the SCCG and organisations from which we commission services, provide a safe system that safeguards children and vulnerable adults. This includes specific responsibilities for looked after children and for supporting the Child Death Overview Process. The SCCG Chief Nurse is a full member of the Southend Local Safeguarding Boards for Children and Vulnerable Adults, and the SCCG has full representation on the Health and Wellbeing Boards which has overall strategic responsibility for assessing and planning local health and wellbeing needs.
To ensure that we fulfil our responsibilities for safeguarding the SCCG Governing Body has committed to the following:
- To ensure that all member practices and SCCG employees understand their own individual responsibility in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
- To train all SCCG staff in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues – this is part of our mandatory training for staff and all staff will receive yearly updates relevant to their role
- To monitor closely the safeguarding processes in our local health providers – through formal monitoring of service providers and acting on concerns and incidents.
- To have a clear line of accountability for safeguarding – the Clinical Chief Officer and Chief Nurse are the responsible members of the SCCG Governing Body.
- To have appropriate arrangements in place to co-operate with the Local Authorities and their Safeguarding Boards – the Chief Nurse is member of both Boards.
- To secure the expertise of a designated doctor and nurse for safeguarding children and looked after children and a designated paediatrician for unexpected deaths in childhood – these designated professionals are in place within the SCCG and will receive clinical leadership and support through established networks and forums.
- To have a safeguarding adult’s lead and a lead for the Mental Capacity Act – the Chief Nurse is supported by a nurse who specifically specialises in safeguarding adults.
A vulnerable adult is defined as any person aged 18 or over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or maybe unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or serious exploitation No Secrets (2000) – Department of Health.
Please refer to the ‘NHS Southend CCG Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults’ Policy for more information.