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Safeguarding

NHS Rotherham CCG (NHSR CCG) is responsible for the commissioning of healthcare for Rotherham residents and is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all people, irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, language, religion, ethnic or social origin.

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/or exploitation.  We strongly believe that everyone has a right to live their lives free from violence and abuse.

NHSR CCG 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 that they might have for the welfare of a child, younger person or an adult at risk from abuse and neglect regardless of which client group they are employed to work with.

All NHS service 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 2013.  In this guidance children are defined as those under the age of 18 years.  NHSR CCG is 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 4 types of Child abuse: Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Neglect.

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 and/or neglect and has a clear emphasis on promoting wellbeing. It now also incorporates three new categories of abuse making 10 categories in total:

Physical, Sexual, Psychological, Financial or Material, Neglect and Acts of Omission, Discrimatory, Organisational, Domestic Abuse, Self-Neglect, Moderns Slavery.

NHSR CCG has designated professionals who lead on issues of safeguarding children and adults across Rotherham and ensure there are performance and assurance controls in place for healthcare providers.