Safeguarding commissioning assurance in the NHS

Safeguarding in the NHS standard contract

Safeguarding forms part of the NHS standard contract (Service Condition 32) and commissioners will need to agree with their providers, through local negotiation, what contract monitoring processes are used to demonstrate compliance with safeguarding duties.

Among the service conditions and duties, compliance will be required from all NHS providers to comply with numerous requirements and principles set out in the safeguarding legislation and Safeguarding Accountability and Assurance Framework (SAAF).