Safeguarding adults and children

NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) safeguarding declaration

Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. All of us need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and seeking to prevent harmful and abusive situations for children and adults at risk of harm.

Our safeguarding declaration

NHS organisations, whether as commissioners or providers of NHS funded care, have statutory responsibilities for safeguarding and must demonstrate strong local leadership, work as committed partners and invest in robust quality assurance of safeguarding arrangements.

NHS Swale CCG recognises safeguarding as a high priority. In order to achieve this we ensure we have robust 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 NHS Swale 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 Chief Nurse. We have a Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children and for Safeguarding Adults and have also secured the expertise of a Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children through a Service Level Agreement.  The Designated Nurse for Looked After Children and the Child Death Review Team are provided through a hosted arrangement.

At NHS Swale CCG all eligible staff have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau or CRB check). Enhanced level checks are also carried out where appropriate and safeguarding responsibilities are included within the job descriptions of all staff.

Our designated professionals for safeguarding play a key part in the clinical decision making of the organisation and work closely with local health providers to influence thinking and clinical practice

NHS Swale CCG is committed to partnership working and we are a key member of the Kent Safeguarding Children Board and the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Board. The designated professionals for safeguarding children and safeguarding adults are involved with board sub-groups and work closely with key providers including acute trusts, community services, mental health trusts and primary care.

Safeguarding Annual Report

This report provides NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body with an overview of safeguarding across health services during 2014-15. The report reviews the work from 01 April 2014 until 31 March 2015, giving assurance that Swale CCG has discharged its statutory responsibility to safeguarding the welfare of adults at risk across the health services that it commissions.

Serious incident and never event policy

Download the DGS and Swale Serious Incident and Never Event Policy – January 2018