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.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline (November 2019)

Refuge has launched a new digital platform providing support to women experiencing domestic abuse.

This life-saving service answers around 250 calls a day and our expert women only team provides free, confidential support to women experiencing all forms of domestic abuse. The team links women to emergency accommodation, as well as to other forms of domestic abuse support that exists across the country. They provide emotional support and empower women with information about their rights and options, helping them increase their safety and that of their children – and begin to rebuild their lives.

Since launching the service in November 2019 they have increased the numbers of experts answering calls – and today, during 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence against Women, they are sharing details of a new digital Helpline platform:

The web platform has been developed and informed by the needs of the women who call, as well as Helpline experts and international experts. It has been built with safety and accessibility at its centre.

Created by an expert global digital agency, is a beautifully designed and easily-navigable space where women (and friends, family and professionals supporting women) can:

  • Find out about their rights and options - for example, in relation to housing, child contact, criminal and civil remedies
  • Contact Helpline workers via a secure web contact form, that puts the power in women’s hands to decide the best time to talk. The webform is a safer alternative to emailing, and the first step in giving women more ways they can reach out for support
  • Find support to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and begin to process their own experiences
  • Gain reassurance about what it is like to call the Helpline and what they can expect

Pan Berkshire Response to the New Child Death Statutory and Operational Guidance (Oct 2018)

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 . The website 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.