The safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance to us. Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It ensures that local services work together to support people in vulnerable circumstances and at risk of abuse or neglect and take steps to protect them.
The following measures ensure that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is given priority and is discharged effectively across the whole local health economy through commissioning arrangements.
Executive level Clinical Commissioning Group membership of both Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards which ensures that safeguarding is at the forefront of service planning;
- Senior Clinical Commissioning Group membership of Nottinghamshire Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA);
- Close collaboration with the Local Authority to assess and ensure the provision of co-ordinated integrated services to meet the needs of the local population, including specialist services for vulnerable groups;
- Ensuring that safeguarding children and adult strategies and associated policies are in place, including safe recruitment of staff, a whistle-blowing policy and safeguarding training and supervision policies;
- Ensuring that providers of services are held to account through regular review of safeguarding arrangements through quality scrutiny processes;
- Designated nurse and doctors in post to offer professional expertise and advice around safeguarding matters.
The Safeguarding Strategy is available here.
The Safeguarding Supervision Strategy is available here.
If you are worried about the safety of a child or adult with care and support needs:
- If they are in imminent danger and in immediate need of safety and protection ring the police or emergency services on 999;
- Follow the NSCB and NSAB procedures by following the links below and seek advice as necessary from your line manager.
Further information for children: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/nscb/policy-procedures-and-guidance
Further information for adults: Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adult Policy and Procedures
Call Nottinghamshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 500 8090 during the following hours:
08:30 – 17:00 Monday to Thursday
08:30 – 16:30 Friday
To submit an online concern form, log onto www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/MASH
In an emergency, outside of these hours contact: Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 456 4546
Always discuss any referrals to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) with your line manager and keep a written copy of your referral.
Additional advice is available if needed from the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children on 01623 673039.
Talking about Abuse that happened in Childhood
Victims or survivors of childhood abuse may feel ignored, ashamed, guilty and frightened of not being believed.
Information is available about how to gain support or advice in a factsheet “Talking about Abuse that happened in Childhood” This leaflet provides advice and signposting for victims and survivors. To download a copy of the latest version, please visit: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/childrens-social-care/historic-child-abuse
This leaflet has been produced under the direction of the multi-agency Strategic Management Group set up under Operation Equinox – the police investigations into historical child abuse in Nottinghamshire – and produced under the banner of the local safeguarding boards.