Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Here you can find out about safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and what to do if you are concerned about any possible safeguarding issues.
Visit http://www.oldhamccg.nhs.uk/ for more information.
Safeguarding of Children
The following extract has been taken from the NSPCC website and you can find more information about them at www.nspcc.com.
Our approach to what we do
The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that we can make a difference for all children. That's why we aim to end cruelty to children in the UK. Even if it takes many generations to realise it, we achieve much more for children by having this inspirational vision.
The way we work
The NSPCC needs to deliver the biggest impact it can, but our limited resources are only a fraction of the government and voluntary sector's budget for children.
So all of our service, advice, support, campaigning and education activities are driven by these four principles:
focus on areas in which we can make the biggest difference
prioritise the children who are most at risk
learn what works best for them
create leverage for change.
When we have an idea we think will reduce harm to children, we test it. We measure it carefully to ensure that it works. If it does we tell others, in order to make sure that these new ideas and services are taken up by them to help other children.
The NSPCC's local services will concentrate on seven important issues and groups of children most at risk:
those who experience neglect
physical abuse in high-risk families (those families with violent adults, alcohol and drug abuse and mental health issues
those who experience sexual abuse
children under the age of one
children from certain black and minority ethnic (BME) communities
looked after children.
Putting it into practice
When we have an idea to reduce harm to children, we will test it. We'll measure it to ensure it works. If it does, we'll do everything we can to make sure that these new ideas and services are taken up to help other children.
To help end cruelty to children in the UK we:
create and deliver the services that are most effective at protecting children
provide advice and support for adults and professionals worried about a child
work with organisations to ensure they effectively protect children - and challenge those who do not
campaign for changes to legislation, policy and practice in order to keep children safe.
Safeguarding of Adults
The following extract has been taken from the oldhamccg website and you can find more information about them at http://www.oldhamccg.nhs.uk/.
What is safeguarding adults and why is it important to health care?
Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCGs) have a duty to safeguard all patients and to provide additional support for patients who are less able to protect themselves.
Safeguarding adults is an integral part to patient care and it is everybody’s business to look after the welfare of people around them. It covers a wide range of activity, from prevention through to ensuring a multi-agency response when harm or abuse does occur.
Multi-agency procedures apply where there is concern of crime, harm, neglect or abuse where a patient is described as vulnerable.
Who is a vulnerable adult?
A vulnerable adult is a person aged over 18 years who is, or may be, unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm, crime, neglect or abuse.
The Oldham approach to safeguarding adults
NHS Oldham CCG is committed to preventing harm and abuse of vulnerable adults. Where we suspect abuse or harm has taken place we will work with a range of partner organisations to respond quickly to ensure the vulnerable person and those around them are protected.
Organisations across Oldham are continually working together to improve the how and when abuse occurs and ways to prevent it.
Policy and procedures
No single organisation can deal with the abuse of vulnerable adults alone. Therefore the aim of the policy and procedures we have in Oldham is to ensure a range of organisations can work effectively together and collectively share the responsibility for protecting vulnerable adults.
If you are concerned about child safeguarding and protection please visit http://www.oldham.gov.uk/lscb/, http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200801/ or http://www.nspcc.com/ for more information.
If you want more information regarding adult safeguarding and protection please visit http://www.oldhamccg.nhs.uk/ and http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200801/ for more information.