Safeguarding

Safeguarding means protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect and putting systems in place to prevent abuse or neglect from happening in the future.

For any further information on safeguarding, please contact Harrow CCG's Designated Nurse on 020 8966 1035.

Safeguarding Children

Harrow CCG ensures that, in exercising its functions, robust arrangements are in place to safeguard, and protect the wellbeing of children and young people. 

This is required by Section 11 of the Children Act 2004. Core Standard 2 provides a framework for meeting these obligations and Harrow CCG is able to report it meets these requirements.

Harrow also has a Local Safeguarding Children Board - an independently chaired board and consisting of senior representatives of all the principal agencies and organisations working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Harrow.

For any further information on safeguarding, please contact Harrow and CCG's safeguarding children’s team on 020 8966 0135.

Parents who have concerns about their child and extremism and radicalisation may look to schools as a trusted source of advice on how to keep their children safe from these risks. In addition to materials produced by local authorities and the police – such as the new Prevent Tragedies online campaign launched by the Police – there are online resources produced by civil society groups which provide valuable advice, including Families Matter which is run by Families Against Stress and Trauma. 

Safeguarding adults

Abuse can affect any vulnerable adult, but particularly someone who is, or may be, unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation, for example:

  • Older people
  • People with mental health problems
  • Disabled people
  • People with learning difficulties
  • People with acquired brain damage
  • People who misuse substances. 

Abuse is a violation of an individual's human and civil rights. It may consist of a single act or repeated acts. It can be physical, verbal or psychological, it may be an act or omission to act, or it may occur when a vulnerable person is persuaded to enter into a financial or sexual transaction to which he or she has not consented, or cannot consent. Abuse can occur in any relationship.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to provide legal protection for those vulnerable people with a mental disorder and a lack of capacity who are, or may become, deprived of their liberty within a hospital or care home and lack capacity to consent to being there. The safeguards exist to provide a proper legal process and suitable protection in those circumstances where, for a person's best interests, deprivation of liberty is necessary to keep them safe. The forms to apply for and complete assessments can be found here.