NHS Doncaster CCG is responsible for the commissioning of healthcare for Doncaster residents and is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all people.
As a commissioning organisation we recognise our responsibilities to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and protect people from harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
We strongly believe that everyone has a right to live their lives free from violence and abuse. We will ensure that all staff who work for, or are commissioned by the CCG, are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities in relation to vulnerable people and that they know how to act upon any concerns they might have for the welfare of a child, young person or an adult at risk of abuse or neglect regardless of which client group they are employed to work with.
All NHS services and commissioned services have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children, young people and adults.
Children – this is a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and in accordance with government guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018). In this guidance children are defined as those under the age of 18 years.
We are committed to all policies, procedures and practice which safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people through their commissioning and partnership functions. There are four types of Child abuse:
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse and
Adults – The Care Act 2014 came into force on the 1 April 2015 and is the most significant reform to care and support in 60 years. In terms of safeguarding, The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how providers should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect and has a clear emphasis on promoting wellbeing. It now also incorporates three new categories of abuse making 10 categories in total:
- Financial or Material
- Neglect and Acts of Omission
- Domestic Abuse
- Self-Neglect and
- Modern slavery.
NHS Doncaster CCG has designated and named professionals who lead on issues of safeguarding children and adults across Doncaster and ensure there are performance and assurance controls in place for healthcare providers.