NHS Oldham CCG

Safeguarding Children and Adults

Here you can find out more about how Oldham CCG works with all organisations in Oldham to ensure children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected from harm, neglect and abuse. The CCG is a statutory member of the Local Safeguarding Children & Adults Boards and works with partner agencies such as Children’s Social Care, Police, Health Providers, Probation, Housing, Positive Steps, Age UK and others to ensure that safeguarding is a key priority across Oldham.

You can read the 2016 CCG safeguarding declaration here. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and if you have concerns regarding the wellbeing of a child or an adult then you have a duty to share this information.


Safeguarding children and young people 0-18 years

If you have concerns that a child or young person is at risk of or being abused or neglected you can contact Oldham Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (M.A.S.H) to report your concern to:

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 770 7777 (child.mash@oldham.gov.uk)
Out of hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0161 770 6936

Further information is available on Oldham Council's website. Please see the below link for the quick guide to making a child protection referral

http://www.oldham.gov.uk/lscb/downloads/file/15/guide_booklet

The CCG is signed up to the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures. If you have a concern about a child or young person, please refer to these procedures to assist you in your decision making. These procedures can be found by clicking here:

http://greatermanchesterscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/contents.html

See also: Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Policy


Looked after Children 0-18 years

Looked after children and young people are subject to care orders and under the care of the Local Authority. Looked after children and young people may reside with foster carers, residential homes, with family members or live independently.  Looked after Children and young people often have increased health risks and vulnerability than their peers due to the impact of poverty, abuse and neglect on their lives.

If you have concerns that a Looked after child or young person is at risk of or being abused or neglected you can contact Oldham Multi agency Safeguarding Hub (M.A.S.H) to report your concern to:

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 770 7777 (child.mash@oldham.gov.uk)
Out of hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0161 770 6936

See also: Annual Report for Looked After Children and Young People, April 2016.


Safeguarding Adults

The Care Act (2014) identifies an adult at risk as being:

‘A person who has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs), and as a result of those needs, the person is unable to protect him/herself against abuse, neglect, exploitation or the risk of it.’

If you have concerns that an adult is at risk of or is being abused/neglected you can contact Oldham Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (M.A.S.H) to report your concern on the appropriate number below. 

If you have concerns about an adult, who does not meet the Care Act (2014) criteria, please seek advice.

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0161 770 1122
Out of Hours (Adult Social Care): 0161 770 6936

Further information is available on  Oldham Council website Please see the link for Oldham Safeguarding Adults procedure for responding and reporting safeguarding concerns.

See also: Safeguarding Annual Report 2015-2016.


Contacts

NHS Oldham CCG:

Claire Smith, Head of Quality & Safeguarding, Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children Tel: 0161 622 4302 Mob: 07813 357059

Caroline Waldron Associate Designated Nurse Looked After Children Tel:0161 622 6438 Mob: 07816142553

Janine Campbell Associate Designated Nurse Safeguarding Adults Tel: 0161 622 6530 Mob: 07973904305

NHS Oldham CCG Safeguarding Policies and Procedures:

Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding Accountability Framework
Safeguarding Training Strategy
Safeguarding Policy for Allegations against professionals working with Children or Adults
Mental Capacity Act Implementation Policy


NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group Safeguarding Declaration 2016/17

NHS Oldham CCG is responsible for commissioning health services for a population of 237,000 people across Oldham. Health services are commissioned on behalf of the population of Oldham from local acute hospitals, general practice, mental health providers, community providers, the independent sector and independent contractors. However the CCG is clear that safeguarding is a whole health system priority and accountability and assurance requirements across all provider organisation interfaces and the local authority. 


To achieve this we will commission services to 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 Oldham, 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 vulnerable adults.


We require our providers to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding through their:

  • Policies and procedures, including their alignment with Oldham Local Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards polices and standards and the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures.
  • Staff training, ensuring that that all health professionals must have the requisite skills, knowledge and competence to undertake their specific roles, including independent contractors and allied health professionals in accordance with best practice and the standards set out in the Intercollegiate Documents (2014 & 2016).
  • Multi agency working, ensuring links with the Local Safeguarding Boards and participation in service reviews when opportunities for learning occur.
  • 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 through:

  • Our safer staff recruitment processes, including DBS checks and the inclusion of safeguarding responsibilities in job descriptions.
  • Our training, safeguarding training is part of the mandatory induction for all new members of the CCG team, we actively support member practices to access training, including that provided by the Local Safeguarding Boards.
  • Our governance, ensuring that safeguarding is embedded in all aspects of our core business and that safeguarding compliance & activity reporting is explicit within our governance framework.
  • Our investment in specialist posts (our Safeguarding team of designated professionals including the Designated Doctor & Designated Nurses for Children, Looked After Children and Adults).
  • Our partnership working, ensuring strategic and operational level partnership working, through our active membership of the Local Safeguarding Boards and the relevant sub groups and panels.

We are excited to continue to develop the safeguarding services available within the CCG over the coming year and to continue to ensure that safeguarding is everyone’s business.