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NHS Kernow’s website closed on 30 June 2022. Visit the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board website for information about our health and care services.


NHS Kernow has a duty to keep adults safe by working with our statutory partners to promote the safety and wellbeing of adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As well as children (up to the age of 18) 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
  • 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. They 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 includes a human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2020. This is in accordance with section 54, part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

NHS Kernow recognises that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to modern day slavery and human trafficking. We are 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 T in Cornwall

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a mental health homicide review into the care and treatment of Mr T, who was a service-user under the care of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Mr T took his own life in 2016 after being arrested on suspicion of murdering his baby son, who was subsequently found to have been unlawfully killed. Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has published an action plan, in response to the report’s recommendations. This can be found on the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website

Read the NHS England and NHS Improvement South West independent investigation report.

Read the action plan

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 the death 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. 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.”

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