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Policies & Procedures

Safeguarding Children Information

Safeguarding children is about protecting children from maltreatment  such as abuse and neglect. A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to prevent harm. Children and young people may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger.

As a health service we have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, as set out in the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004. The Child Protection Lead for the service is Dr Fiona Emerson. Full contact details for our service and NHS Coastal West Sussex can be found in the following PDF documents: 

Adult Safeguarding

Reporting adult abuse and help and advice

If you are at risk of abuse, or suspect someone else is please report it.

In an emergency dial 999 or adult social care on: 0300 200 1005, or if you need to speak to someone urgently, out of normal office hours our emergency duty team on: 01483 517898.


Useful Information and Resources for GPwSI Doctors:


Statutory/legislative requirements and links

Safeguarding adults at risk: Sussex Safeguarding Adult Boards; Sussex Safeguarding Adults multi-agency policies and procedures:

Safeguarding children:  Sussex Safeguarding Children Boards; Pan Sussex multi-agency policies and procedures:

Care Quality Commission: Essential Standards of Quality and Safety:

CQC Essential Standards

ADASS Safeguarding Adults: A National Framework of Standards for good practice and outcomes in adult protection work:


Working Together to Safeguarding Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (2013):

Working Together – with particular reference to Chapter 2.

Pan Sussex Multi-agency Procedures to Support People who Self-neglect:

Self neglect

Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards:

MCA and DoLS

The Care Act

Care Act 2014

Disclosure and Barring / Safer Recruitment

vetting and barring

Safeguarding Children and Young People: roles and competencies for health care staff (2014):

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff

Department of Health guidance: Safeguarding Adults: The role of health services

DH Safeguarding Adults : the role of health services

NHS England PREVENT Training and Competencies Framework (2015)

Prescribing Formulary

Our 2013/2014 prescribing formulary is also available online in a Microsoft Excel Format.

MHRA Drug Warnings & Safety Advice

To help you keep abreast of the latest MHRA news and warnings, please see the MHRA newsletters below:

Medicines Management Resources


Care Quality Commission (CQC) Documents

Statement of Purpose:


Vulnerable Adult and Child Safeguarding Policies:


Service Quality Policies & Reports:


Raising Workers Concerns / Re-validation Policies & Procedures

The service has a number of policies and procedures for SCDS staff to use internally. For convenience, the following policies are made available on this website to provide guidance on how to raise a concern regarding any staff members. Members of the public should instead contact us on 01903 820 010 if they have any concerns regarding their care within the service

Our staff training handbook can also be found below

Patient Satisfaction Audit

The service is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). For information about our Care Quality Commission Policies & Procedures, please contact Anna Baldwin (Service Manager) on 01273 764 256.