Safeguarding is protecting vulnerable adults and children from abuse or neglect, and keeping them safe. It protects the health , wellbeing and human rights of individuals.
All the staff at the Reynard and White House Surgeries are committed to the safeguarding process and have received the relevant training.
Our thorough and comprehensive policies on safeguarding are available for you to view by applying to our Practice Manager; however, here is a briefer statement on our policies.
The safety of the child is paramount.
Safeguarding is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering , or are at risk of suffering significant harm. An Individual may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or failing to act to prevent harm. If you suspect abuse, “to do nothing is not an option”. Anyone who works, or has contact with children has a duty to report actual or suspected abuse. Be aware and alert to possible abuse
In an emergency, the advice is to call Customer First on 0808 8004005 or call the police.
You can discuss your concerns with the Practice child Protection Lead, the duty manager or you G.P. The different forms of abuse include:
-Emotional abuse-constant criticism, being ignored, humiliated or exposed to family violence.
-Signs that may indicate that a child is at risk from abuse include
-Having unexplained bruising or bruising in an unusual place.
-Appearing afraid, quiet or withdrawn
-Appearing afraid to go home
-Appearing hungry or unkempt.
-Being left unattended or unsupervised
-Having too much responsibility for their age
-Acting in a sexually inappropriate way
-Misusing drug or alcohol.
If there is immediate danger to a child, then you should call 999.
You can also contact Customer First on 0808 800 4005 if you are concerned that a child is at risk. You can raise concerns with us at the surgery; our child safeguarding lead is Dr. Catherine Tooley, but you can report concerns to any clinician.
Adults at risk
All staff at the practice have received relevant training in adult safeguarding. It is everyone’s responsibility to be aware of the possibility of abuse and be proactive in raising concerns. A vulnerable adult is anyone over 18 in need of community care or support services because of
Old age/mental health issues/physical disability/hearing,seeing and/or communication difficulties/learning disabilities/inability to protect themselves against significant harm or being taken advantage of/long term illness/condition/misuse of substances.
Examples of abuse include:
-Not caring for someone properly (neglect)
-Pressuring someone to give away money or property
-Psychological/emotional/mental, such as insults and blame, being locked away, threats
As with children, if you suspect abuse, “to do nothing is not an option”.
You should remain aware and alert to the possibility of abuse.
If the matter is urgent because a vulnerable person is in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999. If you have concern for an individual you can call Customer First on 0808 800 4005.
You can also report concerns to the Adult safeguarding lead at the practice , Dr. Manickasamy, or Dr. Hopkinson.
PREVENT is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy that aims to stop people becoming terrorists. It is a multiagency approach to safeguard people at risk of radicalisation. It looks at developing a deeper understanding of how individuals become radicalised. Typically a radicalisation process includes exposure of an individual to extremist viewpoints, that may result in him or her committing acts of terrorism. It is possible to intervene during this process, which could take a variable length of time, in order to stop any possible violent act.
Extremism in itself is not illegal, and PREVENT does not aim to criminalise people for holding views. Instead, it seeks to stop individuals committing or encouraging acts of violence. If you believe that someone is at risk of radicalisation you can help them get support, and possibly
prevent them from becoming involved in terrorism by raising your concerns with the Surgery
PREVENT Lead, Julia Baptie.
Issues raise with the PREVENT lead will be discussed at the Surgery’s regular safeguarding/significant event meetings . If appropriate the LEAD will work closely with the Regional Prevent Co-ordinator and other relevant external agencies.