Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care Board (HWICB) have a responsibility, along with other NHS organisations and every healthcare professional to ensure that people in vulnerable circumstances are not only safe but also receive the highest possible standard of care. The welfare of the people who come into contact with the services commissioned by HWICB is paramount.
HWICB, as a statutory body, have responsibility for ensuring those organisations, from which they commission services provide a safe system that safeguards adults (with care and support needs-referred to throughout as ‘adults’) and children from harm and abuse. HWICB have membership, across the Two counties, with Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB), Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB), Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) (which replaces the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board) and Safeguarding Children and Young People in Herefordshire (SCYPiH) Partnership (previously Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board). These members have responsibility to inform HWICB of safeguarding requirements, lessons learnt and developments. The HWICB Safeguarding Team supports the work of WSAB, HSAB, WSCP and SCYPiH as members of the Boards and Subgroups.
It is the vision of HWICB that safeguarding outcomes for adults and children are improved; and that adults and children are safe when they use services commissioned by HWICB. In order to achieve this, every contact adults and children have with the NHS will be with practitioners and providers who: have a knowledge and understanding of safeguarding issues; who work in an organisation that has robust safeguarding systems and processes; and which has a culture which encourages openness and transparency and includes learning.
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