Safeguarding Children Procedure

The Online Pan-Lancashire Multi Agency Safeguarding Children Procedures can be found here.

Safeguarding Children Declaration

Following the publication of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into a review of safeguarding arrangements across the NHS, all NHS organisations were required to review their own position against the findings of the review and provide a public declaration of compliance with the expected minimum safeguarding arrangements (gateway reference 12228).

These minimum safeguarding arrangements were:

  • That their organisation meets statutory requirements in relation to Criminal Records Bureau checks;
  • That child protection policies and systems are up to date and robust, including a process for following up children who miss outpatient appointments and a system for flagging children for whom there are safeguarding concerns;
  • That all eligible staff have undertaken and are up to date with safeguarding training at Level 1. In addition, a review of other training arrangements should be completed within six months, taking account of emerging messages from the national review of safeguarding training;
  • That designated and/or named professionals are clear about their role and have sufficient time and support to undertake it;
  • That there is a Board level Executive Director lead for safeguarding and that the Board reviews safeguarding across the organisation at least once a year and has robust audit programmes to assure it that safeguarding systems and processes are working;
  • That Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) should assure themselves that they have robust and appropriate performance monitoring systems in place with all providers, including the independent sector, in relation to safeguarding;
  • That PCT Commissioners should scrutinise the declarations of all providers from whom they commission services; and
  • That PCTs should ensure that GP practices and staff have robust systems and practices in place to ensure fulfilment of the child safeguarding role.

Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group is able to report full compliance with the recommendations detailed above.

Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group is assured that we have robust and appropriate performance monitoring systems in place with all providers in relation to safeguarding children. The Primary Care Trust has reviewed completed Standards of Better Health Declarations for all NHS providers from whom we commission services and is assured that GP practices have robust systems and practices in place to ensure the fulfilment of the child safeguarding role.

Reporting a Concern

If you have concerns about a child then please contact Blackpool Council Children’s Social Care on: 01253 477299 (9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm on Friday)
Emergency Telephone Number (Outside normal office hours) 01253 477600.

Further Inofrmation

Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (March 2013)
Safeguarding Assurance Framework