Are you concerned about a vulnerable adult and would like to know what to do? The preceding link will take you to information on the Durham County Council website.
Are you concerned for someone’s safety?
If you see, hear or know something that concerns you and you suspect that a child or an adult is being harmed or abused, you can help them by contacting First Contact Service for children or Social Care Direct with regard to adults on the same telephone number of 03000 26 79 79.
Alternatively you can visit Durham County Council’s website for more information.
Both the adult safeguarding team and the children’s safeguarding team can be contacted via 0191 389 8607 or by e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org
County Durham CCG’s Safeguarding Declaration
The vision of our CCG is that:
all children and vulnerable adults will be protected and safeguarded both by the services our CCG commissions and by the staff we employ.County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group
The safeguarding of children and adults is a high priority for County Durham CCG and our aim is to ensure that structures and governance arrangements for safeguarding are robust. The protection of vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect is fundamental to the safe provision of health care and is core to the delivery of our quality assurance role. Our CCG undertakes to ensure that the organisations we commission to provide services have appropriate safeguarding systems, including clearly accessible policy and procedures, safe recruitment, training and governance arrangements.
Our philosophy is that safeguarding is everybody’s business and responsibility and all staff will respond to address safeguarding concerns.
County Durham CCG’s Safeguarding Policies
This policy outlines the responsibilities of the CCG in applying the Children’s Act Code of Practice, with regard to ensuring that as Commissioners of services, these responsibilities are also adopted by those that we commission services from.
The policy aims to ensure all CCG staff are aware of their specific roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding adults and know how and when to raise a concern. It also outlines the role of the Named and Designated professionals. The policy is designed to take into account the principles identified within the Care Act Guidance 2014 and the “Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the Reformed NHS: Accountability and Assurance Framework 2013. As a commissioning organisation the CCG has an explicit responsibility to ensure provider compliance around adult safeguarding, this is clearly identified within the policy.
County Durham CCG fully supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role the NHS has to play in both combatting it, and supporting victims. Find out more about how the NHS is tackling modern slavery below: