Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) believes that living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. It acknowledges its statutory responsibility to promote the welfare of children and young people and to protect adults from abuse and risk of harm.
WCCG recognises safeguarding as a high priority for the organisation. In order to achieve this the CCG ensures robust arrangements are in place to provide strong leadership, vision and direction for Safeguarding providing clear accessible policies and procedures in line with relevant legislation, statutory guidance and best practice.
WCCG aims to commission services that promotes and protects individual human rights and which effectively safeguarded against abuse, neglect, discrimination or poor treatment. WCCG recognises that safeguarding adults and children is a shared responsibility and ensures appropriate arrangements are in place to co-operate with the local authority in the operation of the safeguarding boards. WCCG recognises and supports the need for robust and proportionate information sharing arrangements between health professionals and partner agencies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults and in the interests of public safety.
Wolverhampton's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
Wolverhampton's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) brings together agencies across the city to act as a central, single point for early help and safeguarding referrals. The MASH enables these agencies to carry out timely, joint assessments and agree the most appropriate course of action for the individuals and families concerned. The MASH focuses on safeguarding issues involving children, young people and adults with care and support needs.
The new arrangements that were stipulated in Working Together 2018 in relation to Child Death Review Partners (CCG and Local Authority) and Multi-agency Safeguarding Partners (CCG, Local Authority and Police) have been in place since September 2019 and are all available on the Wolverhampton Safeguarding website.
Sarah's Law is the Child Sex Offender Disclosure scheme, which allows anyone to formally ask the police if someone who has access to a child has a child sexual offences record. To make a disclosure request, visit WMP Online, call 101 or visit a front office at a Police Station. More information can be found here
To report any concerns about a child's safety or wellbeing telephone (01902) 555392. In an emergency, professionals and members of the public should always call 999.
If you think you or another person is at risk of harm or abuse please contact City of Wolverhampton Council (Adult MASH) on 01902 551199 during open hours (8.30 - 5.00 Monday - Thursday and 8.30 - 4.30 Friday) or 01902 552999 for emergency out of hours or if immediate action is needed dial 999.
If you are unsure whether or not to call the MASH - just do it: always do something rather than nothing! The experienced staff in the MASH will be more than happy to talk through your concerns and help decide on the best way forward.
For further information, access Wolverhampton’s safeguarding website: www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk