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Safeguarding adults and children

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 must demonstrate strong local leadership, work as committed partners and invest in robust quality assurance of safeguarding arrangements.

NHS West Kent CCG recognise safeguarding as a high priority for their organisation. 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 West Kent 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 work closely with Designated Professionals for adult and child safeguarding who as a safeguarding team are hosted by NHS West Kent CCG. We have a Pan-Kent designated nurse and designated doctor for looked after children and a designated doctor for child death. The Designated Nurse is also a member of the Child Death Overview Panel which is chaired by a public health consultant.

At NHS West Kent CCG all eligible staff are required 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 West Kent CCG are 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. We also work closely with the Kent and Medway Area Team who are the policy lead for safeguarding.

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NHS West Kent CCG has approved a number of strategic documents to support safeguarding within the NHS across Kent and Medway, including: