Safeguarding is effectively protecting children and adults at risk from abuse or neglect.  All NHS commissioned services have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk of harm, as safeguarding is everybody’s business.  Safeguarding children is a statutory duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and in accordance with government guidance in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2018.  The framework for Adult Safeguarding was set out in the Care Act in 2014 which came into effect in April 2015.

What to do if you suspect someone is at risk?


Safeguarding Children teams across the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are fully committed to their responsibility for protecting and safeguarding children and young people. Robust arrangements are in place to provide strong leadership in line with relevant legislation, statutory guidance and best practice guidelines.

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Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect is everybody’s business. When abuse or neglect occurs or is suspected, it needs to be responded to swiftly, effectively, and proportionately to enable the adult in need of safeguarding to remain in control of their life as much as possible.

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Please contact the Safeguarding Teams if further information is required, their contact details are: 


Safeguarding Children


Safeguarding Adults

01442 898 888

 West Essex

Safeguarding Children

01992 566140

Safeguarding Adults

01992 566140

For more information on training and resources, please see below:

Hertfordshire Primary Care Child Safeguarding Newsletter

Accelerating access to GP records Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs Accelerating Access to GP Records
October 2022


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