Bedfordshire CCG, like all CCGs, has a statutory responsibility to make sure that the organisations from which it commissions healthcare services are safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect.
We work with the local authorities - Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council - via Local Safeguarding Boards and Health and Wellbeing Boards, and monitor our own performance through quality assurance. NHS England oversees CCGs to make sure they are fulfilling their safeguarding responsibilities.
We employ Designated Nurses for Safeguarding Adults, and Children, a Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children & Young People, and a Named GP for Safeguarding both Adults and Children. Within the Safeguarding Team, we also have a Designated Nurse for Looked After Children.
We have our own Safeguarding Policies:
But everyone - all members of the public - also have a responsibility to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. If you are being abused, or are worried that someone else might be at risk of neglect or abuse, details of help and guidance – including helplines – are available on the local authorities’ webpages:
Some other sources of help and information:
Refuge (for women and children experiencing domestic violence)