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As commissioners we strive to ensure all services we commission have good safeguarding arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk from abuse.

We aim to be an inclusive organisation firmly placing families at the heart of commissioning and working in partnership in the development and delivery of services making sure every child and adult matters.

Statutory safeguarding duties of the clinical commissioning group are included in national and local guidance documents and reflected in the organisations safeguarding documents. (See useful resources below).

As commissioners we:

  • Ensure that the organisations we commission services from provide a safe system that safeguards children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Have a duty to be a member of Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Are expected to be fully engaged with Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Are expected to work in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester local authority to fulfil our safeguarding responsibilities
  • Should ensure robust processes are in place to learn from cases where children or adults die or are seriously harmed and/or abuse or neglect is suspected
  • Work in partnership with the local authority to fulfil its duties to promote the health and wellbeing of children in care as their corporate parent

We work in partnership with a number of agencies and collectively work as active members of the Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Children and Local Safeguarding Adult Boards.

The Boards provide the process to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults in our locality, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what we do.

Children and adults have the right to live a life that is free from harm and abuse. Safeguarding is about protecting that right. People who require care and support must be able to trust and depend on the people they rely on for help and it is the responsibility of everyone - organisations, staff and communities - to ensure they can do so without any risk of abuse or neglect.

Safeguarding children and adults is everyone's responsibility. The information in the links below includes what to do and who to contact if you are worried that a child or adult is at risk of or being abused.