Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding adults means protecting vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect and putting systems in place to prevent abuse or neglect from happening in the future.
NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SWCCG) believes that safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults remains ‘Everyone’s Business’ and that it is the fundamental right of individuals to be protected from harm.
South Warwickshire CCG has a statutory responsibility to fulful its responsibilities to protect vulnerable adults and children and young people from abuse and neglect and promote their welfare, as do other agencies that commission health services.
SWCCG places requirements on, and actively monitors service providers to;
- Ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place and kept up to date,
- Make sure that their staff are suitably trained so that they can recognise, and are able to support the needs of children and families effectively managing concerns about vulnerability and safety.
- Ensure that all the services it commissions operate within a robust safeguarding framework, defined in section 11 of the Children act and safeguarding adult framework.
- Work with statutory and 3rd sector partners to effectively protect adults and children through multi-agency working.
- Fulfill its responsibilities by ensuring senior CCG leads are part of Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults and Children Board
- Ensure that lead and designated safeguarding professionals are employed within the CCG to provide expert advice and support around safeguarding.
- Adhere to standards set by care quality commission in relation to safeguarding
- Ensuring that CCG staff are appropriately trained and that staff in organisations commissioned to provide services, are appropriately competent in line with safeguarding competency frameworks.
We also recognise that as a commissioner of health and care services, we must ensure robust arrangements for safeguarding children and, as such, will continue to review and develop arrangements in line with best practice and latest guidance.