Our safeguarding declaration

We ensure processes are in place to meet our legal and statutory responsibilities of adult and child safeguarding.

We recognise safeguarding as a high priority for our organisation. In order to achieve effective safeguarding processes, we ensure we have robust arrangements in place to provide strong leadership, vision and direction for safeguarding. This includes having clear accessible policies and procedures in line with relevant legislation to ensure the CCG meets their statutory responsibilities through the delivery of best practice, in line with our corporate mission and values.

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.

Further information on the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board along with their annual report is available via Dorset For You.

Adults at risk

Domestic abuse

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can get support and advice by contacting one of the agencies below:

Police non-emergency enquiries 101
Police emergency enquiries 999
For Dorset – You First 0800 032 5204
Bournemouth and Dorset – BCHA 01202 547 755
Poole – BHCA 01202 710 777
24-hour national domestic abuse hotline 0808 200 0247
Men’s advice line 0808 801 0327
Elder abuse line 0808 808 8141
Karma Nirvana – Honour Network Helpline 0800 599 9247

Domestic abuse support services

Prevent – Counter-terrorism strategy

Prevent is part of the Government counter-terrorism strategy. It’s designed to tackle the problem of terrorism at its roots, preventing people from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of radicalisation, read more information on the Home Office Prevent Strategy website.

For immediate concerns that an individual may imminently commit a crime/act of terrorism phone 999. For non-immediate concerns, make a Prevent referral via MASH@dorset.pnn.police.uk.

NHS organisations have a statutory duty to report any incident of FGM against a child.

The duty does not apply in an adult over 18. An interagency response will be offered to signpost the woman to services and a safeguarding risk assessment will be undertaken to consider any children who may be at risk or have had FGM.

Modern day slavery

Accountability for safeguarding

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.

Safeguarding training and safe recruitment

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.

Links to national and local policy

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.