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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children

Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice aims to safeguard all children and young people who may be at risk of abuse, irrespective of disability, race, religion/belief, colour, language, birth, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Approaches to safeguarding children must be child centered, upholding the welfare of the child as paramount (Children Acts 1989 and 2004)

The Practice adopts a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse and neglect.

The Practice safeguarding children policy outlines how the Practice will fulfill its statutory responsibilities and ensure that there are in place robust structures, systems and quality standards for safeguarding children, and for promoting the health and welfare of Looked After Children which are in line with the multi-agency safeguarding children partnerships of The Bradford Partnership.

Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice has clearly identified lines of accountability within the practice to promote the work of safeguarding children within the practice.

All Practice staff must be competent to be alert to potential indicators of abuse and neglect in children, know how to act on their concerns and fulfill their responsibilities  in line with safeguarding procedures of The Bradford Safeguarding Partnership  and the ‘Safeguarding Children and  Young People Competencies for Health Care Staff Intercollegiate Document’ (RCN, 2019).

Information Sharing

Keeping children and young people safe from harm requires professionals and others to share information about their health and development and exposure to possible harm. Often, it is only when information from a number of sources has been shared and pulled together that it becomes clear that there are concerns a child is in need of protection or services.

It is important to keep a balance between the need to maintain confidentiality and the need to share information to protect others. Decisions to share information must always be based on professional judgement about the safety and well being of the individual and in accordance with legal, ethical and professional obligations.

Practice staff follow HM Government information sharing advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (July 2018).

Safer Employment

The Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involving children or vulnerable adults, and provides wider access to criminal record information through its disclosure service for England and Wales.

The Practice recruitment process recognises that it has a responsibility to ensure that it undertakes appropriate criminal record checks on applicants for any position within the practice that qualifies for either an enhanced or standard level check. Any requirement for a check and eligibility for the level of check is dependent on the roles and responsibilities of the job.

PREVENT

PREVENT is one strand of CONTEST, the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy. PREVENT focuses on preventing people becoming involved in terrorism, supporting extreme violence or becoming susceptible to radicalisation. Alongside other agencies, such as education services, local authorities and the police, healthcare services have been identified as a key strategic partner in supporting this strategy.

Healthcare professionals may meet and treat children and young people who are vulnerable to radicalisation, because they may have a heightened susceptibility to being influenced by others.

The key challenge for the health sector is to be vigilant for signs that someone has been or is being drawn into terrorism. GPs and their staff are the first point of contact for most people and are in a prime position to safeguard those people they feel may be at risk of radicalisation.

What to do if you have concern that a child is being harmed as a result of abuse or neglect:

In the Bradford district, these are the numbers that you can ring for advice and to make a referral:

  • During office hours (8.30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, 4.30pm on Friday) call Children’s Social Services Initial Contact Point on 01274 437500
  • At all other times, Social Services Emergency Duty Team on 01274 431010
  • If you have reason to believe that a child is at IMMEDIATE RISK OF HARM, contact the police on 999

 

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and aims to protect people's health, well being and human rights, and enable them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.

Safeguarding of adults is aimed at people with care and support needs who may be in vulnerable circumstances and at risk of abuse or neglect by others.

The Practice adopts a zero tolerance approach to abuse and neglect and in doing so ensures that safeguarding the rights of adults at risk of abuse is integral to all we do.

The staff of Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice aim to safeguard all adults who may be at risk of abuse, irrespective of disability, race, religion/belief, colour, language, birth, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender or sexual orientation.

The Practice team have a responsibility for recognising the potential signs and indicators of abuse, sharing information appropriately, and acting on concerns in a timely manner.

The Practice recognises that safeguarding adults is a shared responsibility with the need for effective joint working between professionals and agencies. In order to achieve effective joint working there must be constructive relationships at all levels, promoted and supported by:

  • the commitment of all staff within the practice to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults;
  • clear lines of accountability within the practice for work on safeguarding;
  • practice developments that take account of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults and is informed, where appropriate, by the views of the adult at risk and their families;
  • staff training and continuing professional development enabling staff to fulfill their roles and responsibilities in line with safeguarding procedures of the Bradford Safeguarding Adults Board and the Intercollegiate Document Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff First edition: August 2018
  • safe working practices including recruitment and vetting procedures;
  • effective inter-agency working, including effective information sharing

The Practice Safeguarding Adults policy outlines how the Practice will fulfill its statutory responsibilities and ensures that there are in place robust structures, systems and quality standards for safeguarding adults, which are in line with Bradford Safeguarding Adult Board procedures.

The Practice acknowledges the six principles of adult safeguarding and ensures these principles underpin Practice Staff safeguarding work:

  • • Empowerment; People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.
  • • Prevention; It is better to take action before harm occurs.
  • • Proportionality; The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
  • • Protection; Support and representation for those in greatest need.
  • • Partnership; Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
  • • Accountability; Accountability and transparency in delivering care and support.

Safer Employment

The Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involving vulnerable adults, and provides wider access to criminal record information through its disclosure service for England and Wales.

The Practice recruitment process recognises that it has a responsibility to ensure that it undertakes appropriate criminal record checks on applicants for any position within the practice that qualifies for either an enhanced or standard level check. Any requirement for a check and eligibility for the level of check is dependent on the roles and responsibilities of the job.

Mental Capacity

A person’s ability to make a particular decision may at a particular time be affected by:

  • Duress and undue influence;
  • Lack of mental capacity.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 provides a statutory framework that underpins issues relating to capacity and protects the rights of individuals where capacity may be in question. MCA implementation is integral to safeguarding vulnerable adults.

PREVENT

PREVENT is one strand of CONTEST, the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy. PREVENT focuses on preventing people becoming involved in terrorism, supporting extreme violence or becoming susceptible to radicalisation. Alongside other agencies, such as education services, local authorities and the police, healthcare services have been identified as a key strategic partner in supporting this strategy.

Healthcare professionals may meet and treat people who are vulnerable to radicalisation, such as people with mental health issues or learning disabilities, who may have a heightened susceptibility to being influenced by others.

The key challenge for the health sector is to be vigilant for signs that someone has been or is being drawn into terrorism. GPs and their staff are the first point of contact for most people and are in a prime position to safeguard those people they feel may be at risk of radicalisation.

If you have safeguarding adult concerns:

If you think an adult is at risk of abuse or you are worried that someone might be abused raise your concern at www.bradford.gov.uk/makeanalert.

If you are unable to complete the online form, please call the Safeguarding Adults Team on 01274 431077 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In an emergency dial 999. For non-emergencies or advice call West Yorkshire Police on 101.