There are clear lines of accountability for safeguarding within NHS Dorset CCG. This includes an Accountable Officer and Executive Lead for safeguarding children and adults, with overall responsibility being within the portfolio of the Director of Quality and Improvement. There is a Designated Nurse for Child Safeguarding, a Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager for Adult Safeguarding and a Designated Nurse for Looked After Children.
There are three safeguarding lead General practitioners, who support and advise across general practice also Designated Doctors for Safeguarding Children, Looked After Children and child death. The Designated Children’s Safeguarding Professionals are also members of the Child Death Overview Panel.
Our designated professionals for safeguarding play a key part in the clinical decision making of the organisation and work closely with local health providers, primary care, police and local authorities to influence thinking and clinical practice.
At NHS Dorset CCG, all eligible staff have undertaken training in both Children and Adult Safeguarding awareness, and have access to a tiered level approach to gain necessary knowledge and skills to support the safeguarding process.
Our safeguarding professionals also work closely with the NHS England who are the local policy lead for safeguarding within Health.
We have approved a number of strategic documents that are formulated from the Pan Dorset Adult and Children Safeguarding Board to support safeguarding within the NHS across Dorset.