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 Medway CCG recognises safeguarding as a high priority for their organisation. In order to achieve this we ensure we have 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 Medway 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. The designated nurses for safeguarding children and adults are an integral part of CCG activity. NHS Medway CCG ensures that organisations commissioned to provide services have appropriate systems that safeguard children in line with section 11 of the Children Act (2004), and adults in line with “No secrets” Guidance, The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Care Act 2014. These systems include accessible policies and procedures, safer recruitment arrangements, training and governance systems.
The designated nurse for safeguarding children is also a member of the Child Death Overview Panel which is chaired by a public health consultant. We also have a designated nurse for looked after children.
We have designated doctors for safeguarding children, child death and looked after children on contract from local providers.
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.
At NHS Medway CCG all eligible staff are required 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.
NHS Medway CCG are committed to partnership working and we are a key member of the Medway 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. We also work closely with the Kent and Medway Area Team who are the policy lead for safeguarding.
The designated nurses for NHS Medway CCG work closely with other designated nurses across Kent and Medway. A Memorandum of Understanding exists to define shared working and responsibilities.
NHS Medway CCG has approved a number of strategic documents to support safeguarding within the NHS across Kent and Medway, including:
• Safeguarding Policy
• Safeguarding Training Strategy
• Safeguarding Annual Report