Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while also ensuring that the wellbeing, views, wishes and beliefs of adults and children are promoted within safeguarding arrangements. 

Those most in need of protection include:
  • Children and young people 
  • Adults at risk, such as those receiving care in their own home, people with physical, sensory and mental impairments, and those with learning disabilities. 
As NHS England states, all staff, whether they work in a hospital, a care home, in general practice, or in providing community care, and whether they are employed by a public sector, private, or not-for-profit organisation, have a responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect in the NHS. 

We are
 committed to ensuring all staff recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and that there are processes in place to safeguard individuals who access services in their areas. 

We work closely with local partners and are responsible for 
ensuring that effective systems are in place to safeguard adults and children at risk.
Safeguarding adults
All adults have the right to live their lives free of abuse and neglect and have the right processes in place to ensure their safeguard and better outcomes. 

We are committed to working with other statutory agencies, as set out in the Care 
Act (2014) to provide a person-centred approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults. 

The Care Act (2014) defines adults at risk as anyone over the age of 18 years old who:
  • Has needs for care and support 
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of abuse/ and or neglect 
  • As a result of these needs is unable to protect themselves against the abuse and/or neglect 
The CCG is a core member of the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board and the Southampton Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) and has a duty to co-operate with local authorities and police as statutory partners to safeguard adults. The CCG is responsible for ensuring that effective systems are in place to safeguard adults and children at risk. 

As the main commissioner of healthcare for local populations across Hampshire, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, we work with other health and social care providers and stakeholders to ensure effective systems are in place that provide good outcomes for adults. We employ experts in the field of safeguarding adults to support us in meeting our statutory duties as a Clinical Commissioning Group.  

The following six principles of safeguarding underpin all safeguarding responses:
  • Empowerment 
  • Protection 
  • Prevention 
  • Proportionality 
  • Partnership 
  • Accountability