There are clear lines of accountability for safeguarding within NHS Dorset. The Accountable Officer is overall responsible for safeguarding. However delegated authority sits with the Chief Nursing Officer who is the Executive Lead for safeguarding children and adults.
There is a Designated Nurse for Children, an Adult Safeguarding Lead and a Designated Nurse for Children in Care and Care Leavers.
There are three named GP’s for safeguarding, who support and advise across primary care. There is also a Designated Doctors for Children Safeguarding and Child Death and a Designated Doctor for Children in Care.
The Designated Children’s Safeguarding Professionals are also members of the Child Death Overview Panel.
NHS Dorset has a statutory duty under the Children’s Act (1989, 2004) and the Care Act (2014) to provide assurance that all Health Care Services commissioned, contracted and provided have robust processes in place to identify, refer and protect both adults and children from abuse, harm and neglect.
NHS Dorset also has a statutory duty to be involved in Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR) Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR), Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR) and Serious Violence Reviews (SVR).