The Regional Safeguarding Steering Group (RSSG) meets every two months to ensure the principles and duties of safeguarding are delivered by Trusts and clinical commissioning groups across the NHS system in Midlands and East.
Our work is informed at a national level by the National Safeguarding Steering Group and the local position from the Safeguarding Forums of each of the four Director of Commissioning Operations (DCO) patches within the Midlands and East region – Central Midlands, East, North Midlands and West Midlands.
The RSSG and each forum have terms of reference and work plans to support and guide their work, based on the national high priority safeguarding topics and locally identified safeguarding issues.
The RSSG has three sub groups – Data, Communications and Safeguarding Assurance Tool (SAT) groups.
There is a Network Forum made up of representatives from across the region for the NSSG groups (Prevent, Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, Mental Capacity Act) and the regional/DCO safeguarding leads.
The work of these forum meetings feeds into the RSSG and supports the overarching regional work plan.
The chair of the RSSG is undertaken on behalf of the Regional Chief Nurse by the Director of Nursing for the Central Midlands DCO; membership includes the regional Deputy Director of Nursing, who deputises for the Regional Chief Nurse for safeguarding, Head of Safeguarding, DCO Safeguarding Leads, representatives from CQC, NHS Improvement, Health and Justice and Specialised Commissioning together with representatives from communications, data analysis and finance.
Safeguarding is also a regular agenda items at the region’s Directors of Nursing and Deputy Directors of Nursing meetings.