The CCG Safeguarding team continues to actively support and work collaboratively with safeguarding leads across the multi-agency partnership.
Our relationships are robust to ensure that services deliver improved outcomes and life chances for the most vulnerable children and adults.
Debbie Hartrick, is the CCG’s Associate Director of Safeguarding, with Jo Barnett as the named professional who holds the CCG’s lead for PREVENT and for the Mental Capacity Act.
The team also consists of two Named GPs for safeguarding who work across the CCG. They are Dr Katie Caird and Dr Asif Ali.
In addition, there is an established Designated Doctor, Dr Louise Watson who continues to provide expert support and guidance to the CCG and also Sharon Ballantyne who is SEND and Safeguarding Co-Ordinator.
In 2008, Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) were statutorily established in England under the aegis of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with the responsibility of reviewing the deaths of all children (0 to <18 years) in their resident population.
In October 2018 new guidance from Government titled ‘Child Death Review (CDR) Statutory and Operational Guidance’ has set out the key features of a good review process when a child dies, combining both statutory requirements and best practice.
East Berkshire CCG, as a key statutory partner was tasked with reviewing the guidance procedure and practise expectations are in place by September 2019.
The Pan Berkshire Response to the New Child Death Statutory and Operational Guidance (Oct 2018) document, which is now published on the Berkshire CDOP Panel website https://www.westberkslscb.org.uk/homepage/professionals-volunteers/cdop/ provides full details of this review and sets out a number improvements in key areas of the new guidance that East Berks CCG and its statutory partners will put in place by the end of September 2019.