Clinical Commissioning Groups are statutory NHS bodies with a range of duties including safeguarding adults and children. As a membership organisation, Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) brings together GP practices in Northumberland to commission services for all those registered with them. As commissioner of local health services, Northumberland CCG needs to assure itself that the service providers have effective safeguarding arrangements in place. The CCG has a duty to support GP practices in their safeguarding duties.

Key contacts

The Assurance & Accountability Framework (NHSE 2015) require all CCG’s to secure the expertise of designated professionals for safeguarding children, Looked After Children, Child Death Overview Process and adult safeguarding including Mental Capacity Act. All of these professionals are in post in Northumberland and have a key role in providing expert support and advice in all these issues. Northumberland CCG employs a Named GP safeguarding children who has a key role in support, advice and training provision. All of these professionals can be contacted for advice and / or support on any safeguarding matter (please see contact list). If unsure, the designated nurse should be the first point of contact, she will direct the caller to the most appropriate professional.

Northumberland CCG Contact numbers:

Margaret Tench

Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children

01670 335164


Dr Naomi Jones

Designated Doctor Safeguarding Children

01670 564042

Dr Riaan Swanepoel

Named GP Safeguarding Children

01670 335160

Dr Stephen Bruce

Designated Doctor Child Deaths

0344 8118111

Judith Capstick-Meredith

Designated Nurse Looked After Children

01670 629123

Dr Anna Redfearn

Designated Doctor Looked After Children

01670 396467

Fiona Kane

Designated Safeguarding Adults Manager

01670 335190

Each GP practice has a nominated lead for safeguarding children and adults. Northumberland CCG is committed to supporting these leads in their role and is developing a network initially for child safeguarding leads led by the designated doctor, nurse and Named GP. This network will provide peer support and development in order to fulfil their roles competently.


Training for all primary care staff is mandatory.

Children: Single agency safeguarding children training is provided by the Named GP and designated nurse. Dates will be agreed and circulated to all practices. Multi-agency courses and e-learning is also available via the Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) web site

NSCB Training Programme April16-March17

Adults: Bespoke adult safeguarding training is available via the Learning & Development Unit. To arrange this, please contact:

Leigh Waller, 01670 629041 –

Seen and Heard Campaign

In partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England, The Children’s Society has launched the Seen and Heard training initiative to support healthcare workers in spotting the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation. The one hour e-learning course is based on the powerful story of a young boy called Tyler. The resource pack below gives details on how to sign up to become a Seen and Heard Champion.

Seen and Heard resource pack


Some useful factsheets can be found on the links below:

Not seen, not heard report
The Care Quality Commission recently published a review of child safeguarding and looked after children services in England. The result of two years of research, it looks at the quality of care that young people receive within local authority areas.

Not seen, not heard – July 2016

Local Safeguarding Boards

Multi-agency working is essential when safeguarding vulnerable people. In order to ensure this happens, safeguarding boards are in place for both adults and children within Northumberland. These boards are represented at a senior level by all agencies to ensure compliance with legislation. Each board has a web site which contains useful information, relevant documents, contact numbers as well as the learning from local and national case review:

GP Safeguarding Leads Network – Future Meeting Dates 2016:

Wednesday 24 February 2016, 3.00pm-5.00pm
Stannington Village Hall, Main Street, Stannington, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6EL
Agenda will be updated January 2016


Thursday 30 June 2016, 3.00pm-5.00pm
Stannington Village Hall, Main Street, Stannington, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6EL
Agenda will be updated May 2016


Thursday 3 November 2016, 3.00pm-5.00pm
Venue:  TBC
Agenda will be updated October 2016