Birmingham and Solihull CCG has an agreed strategic approach to maintain safe and effective safeguarding services and to strengthen arrangements for safeguarding children and adults at risk from abuse and neglect across Birmingham and Solihull.
The Care Act 2014 provides that local authorities, CCGs and the chief officer of the local police must be members of the Safeguarding Adults Board. In addition, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and statutory guidance outlines a new system for multi-agency safeguarding arrangements and child death arrangements. The CCG is an active member of Birmingham and Solihull Safeguarding Adults Board, as well as Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board and Solihull Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.
Other partnership board examples are: local authority community safety partnerships; early help boards; Prevent partnership boards; local and regional modern slavery and human trafficking boards.
Our Modern Slavery Statement can be found here.
Earlier this year we re-affirmed our commitment to tackling domestic violence and abuse by jointly subscribing to the Birmingham Domestic Abuse Prevention Strategy 2018-2023 Changing Attitudes Changing Lives with partner organisations.
Worried about a child?
Worried about an adult with care and support needs?
For help and advice regarding domestic violence and abuse:
- Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid freephone helpline 0808 800 0028
- National Domestic Violence freephone helpline 0808 2000 247
- A full list of support services can be found on the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership website
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
- Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Police non-emergency number 101
- Police non-emergency text phone 18001 101
- Police emergency number 999
- Police emergency text phone 18000
Birmingham and Solihull CCG Designated Professionals Safeguarding Team (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
- Call 0121 203 3300 (option 2)
Safeguarding for professionals
What’s new and what’s coming?
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 will be replacing Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with new local safeguarding arrangements, led by three statutory partners (local authorities, chief officers of police and CCGs).
We are awaiting the final publication of the respective statutory guidance. In the meantime, we follow existing guidance as published under Birmingham and Solihull Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards and regional procedures.
Safeguarding – a commissioning response
We became a new organisation on 1 April 2018. Former Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs’ safeguarding policies and procedures have rolled over while we progress our revised strategies and new policies and procedures through our newly-established governance structures and, in particular, our new CCG Safeguarding Assurance Group.
We are also working with Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG to commission health services for people living in West Birmingham, ensuring a single commissioning voice across the city and there is representation on our Safeguarding Assurance Group.
As a commissioning organisation, we have a statutory duty to ensure that all health providers, from whom we commission services (both public and independent sector), promote the welfare of children and protect vulnerable adults from abuse or the risk of abuse. This includes specific responsibilities for children in public care and for supporting the child death review process, as well as the protection of adults with care and support needs.
Our safeguarding vision is to continue to commission services that promote and protect individual human rights, independence and well-being, and secure assurances that the child or adult thought to be at risk, stays safe.
We know we will have achieved our vision when:
- People who live and work in Birmingham and Solihull know what signs and indicators of abuse to look out for and who to contact for advice and support
- We have been tested our processes to ensure the best processes are in place to help protect people who are victims of abuse, including exploitation such as child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and human trafficking
- Our member practices and local organisations respond in a timely and effective way to concerns about abuse and neglect. This activity may go beyond prevention, identification and referral but also might include a role in monitoring and providing on-going support or intervention
- People who work within the CCG and people across Birmingham and Solihull identify problems early, act on and provide support for problems as soon as they arise, drawing in, where necessary, support from other services
- We understand the journey of children and adults with care and support needs. We have heard their voices and their carers’ voices within the services we commission; and we have heard their voices through other early help services provided via partnership arrangements or the respective safeguarding processes
- Our patients, family and friends and carers and those who work in Birmingham and Solihull know about consent and the relationship with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The Act empowers people to make their own decisions wherever possible, and protects people who lack capacity by providing a flexible framework that places individuals at the very heart of the decision-making process
- We have evidenced that we have embedded Making Safeguarding Personal, No decision about Me without Me!