Safeguarding adults and children
Living life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right for everybody. This also is a key aspect of patient safety and is embedded in the values of the NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group. We are responsible for making sure all of the services we commission are safe and effective, and we work closely with many different people and organisations in Waltham Forest to make sure that safeguarding is everyone’s business. You can find out more about our responsibility to safeguard local residents by safeguarding through commissioning policy.
We actively support adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect. They are often vulnerable because of their mental health, physical disability, age or illness and may find it difficult to protect themselves from abuse.
As part of our work to safeguard adults, we work closely with our partners including Waltham Forest Council.
For more information, please see the safeguarding adults procedure developed by the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Adults Board.
Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility and adults have a duty to report abuse.
We commission services to safeguard and promote the welfare and wellbeing of all children in Waltham Forest. This involves working closely with our partners, especially Waltham Forest Council.
Further details can be found on the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board website.
The Safeguarding Children and Adults policies and procedures have been updated in line with changes to legislation and are widely available to staff. They are reviewed and monitored via the Performance and Quality Committee, a formal sub-committee of the CCG Governing Body.
NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group supports a multi-agency programme of work to make the Borough a hostile environment for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking to exist and to ensure both adult and child victims are effectively safeguarded and supported.
Modern Slavery includes, human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude, organ harvesting, sexual exploitation and forced criminal activity where someone is coerced or deceived into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. Victims of Modern Slavery are from a range of different nationalities, including the United Kingdom.
How to report concerns:
If you are concerned about someone who you think might be a victim of Modern Slavery you can contact the Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.
For an adult in Waltham Forest with care and support needs, contact Adult Social Care on 020 8496 3000 or via email WalthamForestDirect@walthamforest.gov.uk
For a child in Waltham Forest, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 020 8496 2310.
Members of the public and professionals who are NOT first responders can also contact the organisations below for advice and guidance:
- The Salvation Army
24-hour confidential referral helpline 0300 303 8151
- NSPCC – firstname.lastname@example.org
Text 88858 or Tel: 0808 800 5000