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Bedfordshire CCG, like all CCGs, has a statutory responsibility to make sure that the organisations from which it commissions healthcare services are safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. 

We work with the local authorities - Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council - via Local Safeguarding Boards and Health and Wellbeing Boards, and monitor our own performance through quality assurance. NHS England oversees CCGs to make sure they are fulfilling their safeguarding responsibilities.

We employ Designated Nurses for Safeguarding Adults, and Children, a Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children & Young People, and a Named GP for Safeguarding both Adults and Children.  Within the Safeguarding Team, we also have a Designated Nurse for Looked After Children.

All agencies in Bedfordshire must adhere to the Bedfordshire multi-agency safeguarding policies and procedures.

Multi-agency adult safeguarding policy and procedures 2017-18

Each agency should develop their own arrangements for safeguarding to complement but not over-ride the multi-agency policy.

Central Beds Safeguarding Annual Report 2017

Safeguarding Children, Young People, Vulnerable Adults and, Looked After Children policy

Fabricated or Induced Illness Policy 

But everyone - all members of the public - also have a responsibility to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.  If you are being abused, or are worried that someone else might be at risk of neglect or abuse, details of help and guidance – including helplines – are available on the local authorities’ webpages:

Bedford Council - Safeguarding Children from Harm

Bedford Council - Safeguarding Adults

Central Bedfordshire Council - Safeguarding Children from Harm

Central Bedfordshire Council - Safeguarding Adults

Central Bedfordshire Prevent protocol

Some other sources of help and information:

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Action on Elder Abuse


Refuge (for women and children experiencing domestic violence)


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