What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is central to the quality of care. The NHS England Accountability and Assurance Framework 2015 sets out the outcomes and corresponding indicators that will be used to hold NHS commissioners and providers to account for improvements in health outcomes. In particular, there’s an expectation that commissioners and providers will have strong safeguarding leadership that provides expertise and commitment at all levels of their organisation and that they are fully engaged and in support of local accountability and assurance structures, in particular via the local Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adults Board.

Safeguarding Adults and Children Statement

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults across the organisation. The welfare of our population who come into contact with the services we commission, either directly or indirectly is paramount and all our staff have a responsibility to ensure that practice is robust and complies with statutory requirements. By working closely with the other CCG’s within Surrey we expect that all of the services commissioned deliver good quality, safe effective care.

Organisational arrangements

CCGs have a statutory responsibility to make sure that the organisations they commission services   from have arrangements in place to effectively safeguard children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG (NHS G&WCCG) are part of the Surrey Heartlands partnership, and is the host CCG for safeguarding children and adults including looked after children arrangements on behalf of the Surrey CCG collaborative. We have a clear line of accountability for safeguarding within the CCG. The CCG’s Accountable Officer has ultimate accountability for ensuring that the health contribution to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults is discharged effectively across the whole health economy through commissioning arrangements. The Executive Director of Nursing and Quality is the CCG executive lead for safeguarding, and has responsibility for providing leadership and gaining assurance in relation to safeguarding issues within the CCG and locality. The CCG employs the expertise of Designated Professionals for both children and adults through collaborative arrangements. These roles are an integral part of the CCG’s activity and support the delivery of the safeguarding adult and children agenda.  

The collaboration between NHS G&W CCG and the other CCG’s across Surrey ensures that all organisations commissioned or contracted to provide services will in the discharge of their functions, have regard to the requirements contained within statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 the Care Act 2014 as well as Policy and Guidance set out by the Surrey Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Board.

The following measures ensure that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect are given priority and are discharged effectively across the whole local health community through commissioning arrangements:

  • Systems to train staff to the appropriate level to recognise and report safeguarding issues.
  • A clear line of accountability for safeguarding; reflected in our governance arrangements.
  • Systems in place to ensure that providers of services are held to account through regular review of safeguarding arrangements through quality scrutiny processes.
  • Arrangements to work with local authorities and other partners through our Local Safeguarding Children Boards, Local Safeguarding Adults Boards and Health and Wellbeing Boards.
  • Arrangements to share information between service providers, agencies and commissioners.
  • A clear statement of the CCGs responsibilities for staff and ensuring that safeguarding children and adults strategies and associated policies are in place, including safe recruitment of staff, a whistle-blowing policy and safeguarding training and supervision policies which ensure staff exercise vigilance to mitigate against the risk that people using the CCGs services might be suffering from abuse.
  • Designated doctors and nurses who are responsible for safeguarding children, looked after children and adults. The safeguarding team also has a designated paediatrician and specialist nurse for child deaths, named GP for safeguarding children, lead nurse for safeguarding adults and safeguarding nurse advisors across the lifespan.

We closely monitor how effective our safeguarding arrangements for children and adults at risk cared for in health services are through governance and quality assurance processes within the CCG. In turn, NHS England oversees those processes to make sure all CCGs are meeting their safeguarding responsibilities.

Contact the Safeguarding team at Surrey Downs CCG:

To speak to the Surrey-wide CCG Safeguarding Team, please contact:

  • Lisa Parry Surrey-wide CCG Safeguarding Adults and Children Business Manager. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07500 990623

To speak to the team about Looked After Children, please contact:

  • Karen Overington Looked After Children Administrator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07920 831879

If you are concerned for a child or adult's immediate safety you should call Surrey Police on 999. 

The Surrey Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a single point of contact for reporting safety concerns for a child, young person or adult.

The MASH team is based at Guildford Police Station and includes experienced social workers for children and adults social care, health practitioners, education, and police; as well as a vast array of virtual partners from across Surrey.

  • Telephone: 0300 470 9100 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
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  • Outside these hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 01483 517898 - this telephone number connects you to adult and child social care only

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