NHS Kernow has a duty to keep children (up to the age of 18) and adults safe by working with our statutory partners to promote the safety and wellbeing of adults at risk of abuse and neglect and children who may be at risk of being abused, neglected or exploited, and to safeguard them from harm.
We ensure the providers we buy services from have effective policies and procedures in place to help keep adults and children safe. We do this by monitoring provider safeguarding policies, and by asking them to provide evidence of how they are meeting essential safeguarding standards.

Cornwall Council is the lead commissioner for safeguarding in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The council also monitor all safeguarding alerts regarding health care providers (statutory and independent).

Our response to the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Our modern slavery statement (PDF, 266 KB) comprises the Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking statement of NHS Kernow for the financial year ending 31 March 2019, in accordance with Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to modern day slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to its prevention within all corporate activities.

Safeguarding guidelines, policies and strategy documents
Information on the investigation reports that have been published by NHS Kernow from 1 April 2013.

An independent investigation into the care and treatment of a mental health service user Mr M in Cornwall

An NHS Kernow spokesman said: “We would like to give our sincere condolences to the family.

“As outlined in NHS England’s independent report a review has been undertaken leading up to this deaths of this couple to understand what happened, and if anything could have been done differently.

“The reports confirms this incident could not have been foreseen or prevented, and we are working with Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Outlook South West on an action plan to make sure that lessons are learned and become embedded in the way teams work.”