Safeguarding Adults and Children

Safeguarding Adults and Children

Safeguarding is effectively protecting children and adults at risk from abuse or neglect.  All NHS commissioned services have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk of harm, as safeguarding is everybody’s business.  Safeguarding children is a statutory duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and in accordance with government guidance in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2015.  There is currently no legal framework for adult safeguarding but the introduction of the Care and Support Bill will set out the first statutory framework for adult safeguarding which intends to prevent and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults in vulnerable situations.  

The Safeguarding professionals and The Quality Team have a system of quality assurance processes in place which provides information about the safety, effectiveness and patient experience of services commissioned by East and North Herts CCG. The purpose is to monitor provider quality information and data for trends and themes, compliance with local and national requirements (all providers of NHS care including: acute hospitals, care homes (nursing and residential), community and mental health services, independent hospitals and domiciliary care agencies. A part of this process is to undertake a detailed analysis, interpretation and triangulation of hard and soft intelligence. The information from both the data and from regular announced and unannounced visits to providers to inform key lines of enquiry for follow up with providers at quality review meetings and where necessary to escalate any immediate or emergent issues and concerns.

Most services commissioned by East and North Herts CCG are required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The aim of the safeguarding professionals is to ensure that commissioned services promote and protect individual rights, independence and well-being and secure assurance that the child or adult thought to be at risk, stays safe.  Also that they are effectively safeguarded against abuse, neglect, discrimination, embarrassment or poor treatment. The safeguarding professionals lead on issues of safeguarding across the health economy and provide expert advice and participate in case review processes and investigations

The safeguarding professionals provide quality advice and training to providers and quality expertise to contract meetings, develop, negotiate and monitor CQUIN (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) schemes and quality schedules with providers and work with contracting colleagues to ensure contractual compliance. We also ensure that there are performance and assurance controls in place for healthcare providers in relation to safeguarding which are monitored and reviewed.

The Multi-agency Safeguarding Adults from Abuse Policy and Procedure can be found below or at www.hertsdirect.org/HSAB

Last modified: 

25 May 2016