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What is safeguarding?

The CCG has a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children, young people and vulnerable adults. We also have responsibility for ensuring the provider organisations from whom we commission services provide safe systems for safeguarding children and adults, which includes the provison for Looked After Children. We ensure that all members of NHS Wakefield CCG are aware of their duties and responsibilities and are competent to refer and manage concerns in line with the national Safeguarding guidelines.


Everyone has the right to live a life free from harm and abuse. Safeguarding is about protecting individuals – adults or children – who may be in some way at risk of abuse or neglect from others. It can take many forms – people can be financially abused, sexually abused or physically abused among others.


Safeguarding Children


There are four types of child abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.


Safeguarding children is defined in national guidance as:

• Protecting children from maltreatment;

• Preventing impairment of children's health or development

• Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

• Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances

The Young People's Safeguarding Charter can be viewed here.


Safeguarding Adults


Safeguarding Adults means protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. An adult at risk is any person who is aged 18 years or over and at risk of abuse or neglect because of their needs for care and or support.


If you have concerns about an adult or child who may be at risk, please contact Social Care Direct on 0345 8503503 or 01924 303450. 


If you are a professional requiring further advice please follow the link for contact details.