Wandsworth CCG is committed to protecting and safeguarding children and young people. The safety and welfare of children and young people who come into contact with our services is our priority.
We work to ensure that the services we commission are effective, compassionate and listen to and engage with children and young people.
Within the services we commission, all staff working with children, young people and adults who are parents, are supervised, trained and competent to safeguard children and young people. These arrangements are outlined in the Safeguarding Children Declaration November 2017.
Wandsworth CCG has a designated nurse and doctor who take the strategic professional lead for safeguarding children and young people across the local health economy.
Wandsworth CCG adheres to the London Children Child Protection Procedures and the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015). Wandsworth CCG is compliant with the Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS – Accountability and Assurance Framework 2015 and require commissioned health provider organisations to demonstrate compliance through a quarterly reporting process on set safeguarding children indicators.
Wandsworth CCG works closely with partner agencies - social services, police, education, housing and the voluntary sector – to ensure children and young people at risk are identified and action taken to safeguard them. This is important to identify, understand and tackle the new and emerging safeguarding issues and make sure that arrangements for safeguarding children are robust and effective.
To provide agencies with details on the Initial Point of Contact (IPOC) - the front door into Wandsworth Children’s Services, a leaflet has been published on the Wandsworth Safeguarding Children and Young People websites:
The leaflet gives details of what to do if you have concerns about a child, who to contact and how you can access services for a child and their family from Children’s services.
It should be read in conjunction with the WSCB Threshold Document published on the WSCB website, which can be accessed via this link: http://www.wscb.org.uk/wscb/info/89/local_multi-agency_policies_and_procedures
The Child Sexual Abuse Hub
The Child Sexual Abuse Hub is a service that provides medical and emotional support to children and young people; soon after making a disclosure of sexual abuse. The service is available to families living in Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth, who have been referred for a medical examination.