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We have responsibilities concerning safeguarding children from harm (also called 'child protection'). We also have responsibilities for safeguarding adults who are vulnerable to harm.

If you are concerned about a child 

If you are concerned about an adult

  • If it is an emergency, or if the adult is at immediate risk, then call the police on 999.
  • Health and Social Care Connect (HSCC) (8:00-22:00 every day) on 0345 60 80 191. You can also text HSCC on 07797 878111 or email via the website.
  • Outside of working hours, contact the Emergency Duty Service on 01323 636399.

Our approach to safeguarding

Safeguarding is a key priority for us and we have an extensive and wide reaching approach which includes:

  • Clear systems to train staff to recognise and report safeguarding issues; 
  • A clear line of accountability for safeguarding, reflected in our governance arrangements; 
  • Arrangements to work with local authorities through our Local Safeguarding Children Boards, Safeguarding Adult Boards and Health and Wellbeing Boards;
  • Arrangements to share information between service providers, agencies and commissioners;
  • Designated doctors and nurses who are responsible for safeguarding children and looked after children. We also have a designated paediatrician for unexpected deaths in childhood; and 
  • A designated lead for adult safeguarding and a lead for the Mental Capacity Act. 

We closely monitor how effective our safeguarding arrangements for adults and children cared for in health services in High Weald Lewes Havens are through governance and quality assurance processes. In turn, NHS England oversees these processes to make sure all CCGs are meeting their safeguarding responsibilities.

Safeguarding Policies

Please follow the link for the CCG’s Safeguarding Policy.

From 26th June 2019, the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Board (ESSCB) ceased to exist, this has been replaced by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership (ESSCP). These arrangements were implemented in September 2019. More information about current arrangements to safeguard children can be found on the ESSCP Website or at

For advice from a member of the Safeguarding team, please use the contact details below: