Safeguarding adults contacts

Richard Scott

Designated Nurse Safeguarding Adults

Qualified as an RMN in 1992, from 1997 I have worked in a range of commissioning roles across health and Social Care.   In 2008 I joined the PCT in Sunderland to be a Commissioning Manager and then moved to a Continuing Healthcare Lead/Quality Improvement position.   In 2013 I joined the CCG in my current position Designated Nurse Safeguarding Adults.

Deanna Lagun

Head of Safeguarding

Deanna qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1986 and then specialised in intensive care nursing of adults and children.  During the 9 years spent working on ICU she completed her Further Education Teaching Certificate and a BA (hons) in Health Studies. Whilst working on ICU she developed an interest in non-accidental injuries in children and how health inequalities impacted upon children and was seconded to undertake her health visiting training which she completed in 1995.  She then worked for 5 years in a very deprived area of Newcastle gaining experience in child protection, community development and led on a range of parenting programmes.  In 2000 Deanna started working for NHS Direct as a Nurse Advisor where her health visiting experience enabled her to support the development of a range of paediatric algorithms and training programmes.  She returned to health visiting in 2002 and spent time working as a specialist health visitor for asylum seekers and the homeless as well as undertaking a “Change Activist” role.  She also provided health visiting support to a residential family unit where families from all over the UK were provided with 24 supervision to assess their parenting capacity.  During this time she built on her experience of court work – assessments, report writing and providing evidence in Magistrate, Family and Crown Courts – working closely with social workers and police colleagues.


In 2004 Deanna commenced her specialist career in child protection after becoming a Child Protection Nurse Advisor and then the Named Nurse for Newcastle Primary Care Trust in 2005; managing a team of nurses and working closely with other Named and Designated Staff.  In 2008 she commenced her Masters in Child and Family Law and was awarded her LLM in 2010.  She became the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Sunderland TPCT in 2009 and her role was expanded to cover safeguarding adults in 2010.  In 2013 her role changed with the establishment of the CCG and today she is the Head of Safeguarding, leading the team of named and designated GPs, Nurses and Paediatricians in ensuring the CCG complies with its statutory responsibilities and working collaboratively with a range of partners to support both the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Adults Board, as well as the Community Safety Partnership; 3 statutory boards tasked with ensuring there are safe and effective arrangements in place in Sunderland to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable/at risk adults.

Anna Davidson

Admin Officer

Anna Davidson, joined the Safeguarding & Quality Team in October 2015 as an Admin Support Officer.  Anna re-joined the NHS in October 2010 and began working as an Admin Assistant for the Adult Weight Management Team then worked as a receptionist at Sunderland CCG.  Prior to this Anna worked as an Admin Assistant for ALSO UK (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) for over ten years.

Chloe Busby

Safeguarding Nurse - Adults and Children

Toni Taylor

Safeguarding & Quality Admin Support Officer

Toni joined the Safeguarding and Quality Team as Admin Support Officer in February 2018. Prior to this, Toni worked as Admin Manager for Wearside Women In Need domestic abuse charity for over 10 years.