Safeguarding

Keeping adults and children safe

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. As commissioners we are required to ensure that all services we commission have robust safeguarding arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk of abuse living in our communities. However, the CCG is clear that safeguarding is a whole health system priority and is committed to a partnership approach with our statutory partners

Responsibilities of a commissioning organisation

To achieve this we will commission services which promote and protect the human rights of each individual child or adult, their independence and their well-being. We will continue to secure assurance, from all service providers that we commission from on behalf of the population of Morecambe Bay that any individual, child or adult, identified as being at risk is effectively safeguarded against abuse, neglect, discrimination, or poor treatment, and is treated with dignity and respect. We promote an open and honest culture, including reporting mechanisms in place if concerns arise regarding professionals within the health economy who work with children or adults.

We require all our providers to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding responsibilities via their:

  • Policies and procedures, including their alignment with Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP), Cumbria Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (CSCP) North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (NYSCP) and Local Safeguarding Adult Boards policies and safeguarding procedures.
  • Staff training, ensuring that that all health professionals must have the requisite skills, knowledge and competence to undertake their specific roles. This includes independent contractors and allied health professionals in accordance with best practice and the standards set out in the Intercollegiate Documents (2015 Looked After Children, 2018 Adults and 2019 Children and Young People).
  • Multi-agency working, ensuring links with the Local Safeguarding Adult Boards, Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP), Cumbria Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (CSCP), North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (NYSCP) and participation in any safeguarding reviews.
  • Safer staff recruitment processes, including Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and the inclusion of safeguarding responsibilities in all job descriptions

As a CCG we can also demonstrate our commitment to our accountability for safeguarding throug

  • Our safer staff recruitment processes, including DBS checks and the inclusion of safeguarding responsibilities in all job descriptions.
  • Our safeguarding policies and procedures for all staff employed/contracted by the CCG

Read more about safeguarding adults.

Read more about safeguarding children and young people.

Read more about Looked After Children.

Read more about Private Fostering.

Annual Report 

CCG Safeguarding Annual Report April 2019 - March 2020 (PDF).

If you are using a web accessibility tool, click here: Morecambe Bay CCG - Safeguarding and Children Looked After Annual Report April 2019 to March 2020.

MBCCG Safeguarding Policy

The NHS Morecambe Bay CCG Safeguarding Policy below details the roles and responsibilities of the CCG and includes standards for commissioned services.

pdf MBCCG Safeguarding Children and Adults Policy - October 2019 (2.89 MB)

Who do I contact if I suspect abuse?

If you have an urgent adult/child protection issue that requires immediate assessment out of normal working hours, you should make a referral to the appropriate team as detailed below.

For children and young people:

Lancashire Children’s Social Care Team (office hours): 0300 123 6720

Lancashire Emergency Duty Team (out of office hours): 0300 123 6722

Cumbria Safeguarding Hub: 0333 240 1727

For adults:

Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Enquiry Team (office hours): 0300 123 6721

Lancashire Emergency Duty Team (out of office hours): 0300 123 6722

Cumbria Adult Social Care Team (office hours): 01228 606060

Cumbria Emergency Duty Team (out of office hours): 01228 526690

North Yorkshire (inc OHO): 01609 780780

If you think the abuse is also a crime:

Police Protection Unit (PPU): Call 101 and request to speak to the PPU for the area in which the person resides.

If it is an emergency, call 999.

In a non-emergency, call 101.

If you think the CCG Safeguarding Team needs to know:

CCG Safeguarding Team (office hours): 01524 518957