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Safeguarding adults and children

Safeguarding adults

Safeguarding adults is a key part of the function of Central London, West London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CWHHE Collaborative).

Definition of an adult at risk

Safeguarding adults involves a range of measures taken to protect people and patients in the most vulnerable circumstances. The 2011 London safeguarding adults procedures use the term ‘adult at risk’ and state that such an adult may be a person who:

  • has impaired mental capacity
  • has a physical disability
  • is frail due to age or infirmity
  • has a learning disability
  • misuses alcohol or other substances
  • has mental health needs including dementia or a personality disorder
  • is a carer subject to abuse
  • otherwise in need of care or support

The CWHHE CCGs are committed to working in partnership with local authorities to fulfill their safeguarding responsibilities. The CCGs also have the job of ensuring that the organisations from which they commission services provide a safe system that safeguards vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding adults: responsibilities

The CWHHE CCGs are mindful of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of all adults especially vulnerable adults.

They do this by:

  • Supporting the commissioning of high quality care for patients in the most vulnerable circumstances
  • Addressing failures in care with providers in line with the two Safeguarding Adult Boards policies and procedures
  • Improving services to patients through learning from all serious case reviews/serious incidents and national investigations and reports, such as Winterbourne and the Francis Inquiry
  • Improving services to patients through the involvement of vulnerable adults in the development and improvement of services

Designated Adult Safeguarding & Clinical Quality Manager:

020 8753 5853 or  SafeguardingAdults@lbhf.gcsx.gov.uk