Safeguarding children - Introduction & key responsibilities

Safeguarding children

Sunderland CCG is a statutory member of Sunderland Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (SSCP).  The executive lead for the Sunderland CCG safeguarding team is the Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety who ensures that the CCG fulfils its statutory duties and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children.

The safeguarding children team has a key role in leading and developing safeguarding practice across the health economy in Sunderland providing assurance to both the CCG and NHS England that safeguarding children responsibilities are being met.

The Head of Safeguarding and Designated Nurse for looked After Children (LAC) provide strategic leadership and expertise on behalf of the CCG to the health economy in Sunderland and Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.  The CCG also provides a Named GP for Safeguarding Children who provides operational expertise and support to their colleagues in primary care.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide expert advice and guidance to clinical colleagues in relation to the management of individual safeguarding concerns.
  • Providing health expertise on safeguarding issues to multi-agency partners.
  • Develop, deliver and facilitate safeguarding children training.
  • Ensuring the CCG has safeguarding children policies and procedures in line with the multi-agency procedural frameworks.
  • Ensuring the CCG and commissioned health care providers discharge their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children serious case reviews.
  • Leading the development of safeguarding processes in commissioned services in Sunderland to ensure statutory responsibilities for safeguarding children and LAC are met.
  • Provide advice to the service planning and commissioning organisation and to the local authority, on questions of planning, strategy, commissioning and the audit of quality standards including ensuring appropriate performance indicators are in place in relation to health services for LAC.
  • Work with all healthcare organisations to monitor performance of local health services for children and young people including LAC.
  • Lead and develop multi agency working to ensure robust and effective safeguarding processes are maintained and to ensure an appropriate health contribution to multi-agency working across the Health and Social care economy.
  • Represent the CCG and support the statutory Safeguarding Children’s Partnership to undertake its statutory functions with the support of stakeholders and partners.

Child Death Review Process

Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership Child Death Review Process

Child Death Overview Panel

NHS England parent-leaflet-child-death-review

Children Act 2004

Children and Social Work Act 2017

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For Safeguarding children staff contacts please click here.