Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding is defined as the prevention of harm and abuse through high quality care, providing effective responses to allegations of harm and abuse in line with multi-agency procedures and using learning to improve services to patients.

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The Lewisham Accountable Officer ensures that the responsibility to safeguard and prevention of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults is discharged effectively across the whole health economy through NHS South East London CCG’s commissioning arrangements.