Safeguarding children

Keeping children and young people safe is everyone's business

A child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. Children therefore mean children and young people.

This means that the fact that a child has reached 16 years of age, is living independently or is in further education, is a member of the armed forces, is in hospital or in custody in the secure estate for children and young people, does not change his or her status or entitlement to services or protection.

London North West Healthcare Trust is committed to the protection of children. We believe that all children, whilst in our care, should be safe from harm and that all staff have a professional responsibility to protect them. The Trust is committed to achieving and maintaining full compliance with national safeguarding children standards.

To achieve this we have a number of safeguarding children arrangements in place:

  • Employment practices

  • All recruitment by the Trust follows the six NHS employment checks standards and we only use agency staff from companies who meet these standards. Safer recruitment is covered as part of the recruitment training.We also meet the statutory requirements in relation to Criminal Records Bureau checks. All staff employed at the Trust undergo a CRB check prior to employment and those working with children undergo an enhanced level of  assessment.
  • Training

  • In compliance with the Intercollegiate Document 2010, the Trust has a Safeguarding Children Training Strategy in place to deliver child protection training. There are currently three levels of training. This strategy is reviewed annually by the Trust Safeguarding Children Board. All eligible staff have undertaken or have a planned date to complete relevant safeguarding children training, and this is monitored by the Learning and Development Team.
  • Safeguarding children policy and procedures

  • The Trust ensures it has policies and procedures in place to protect children which reflect national recommendations. These policies are regularly reviewed and updated. 
  • Follow up of children – missed appointments

  • The Trust has a process in place for following up children who miss outpatient appointments within any speciality to ensure their care and ultimately their health is not affected in any way. In addition the Trust has a system in place for flagging children for who there are safeguarding concerns.
Safeguarding children declaration

Declaration relating to the Trust’s statutory duty, as a healthcare provider, under Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004 to assure a child-centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding...see declaration.

Safeguarding professionals

The director of nursing is the executive director lead for safeguarding children and also chairs the LNWH Trust Safeguarding Children’s Board which reports to the Trust Board.

Senior management sit on Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) and named professionals are also represented on LSCB sub-groups.

The Trust has named professionals who lead on issues in relation to safeguarding children. Safeguarding professionals are clear about their roles, have sufficient time to dedicate to child protection, and receive relevant support, supervision and training to undertake their role. This includes close liaison with other social and health care organisations. The professionals we have are named nurses, named doctors and named midwives for child protection.

Trust Board assurance

The Trust Board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives a safeguarding children annual report, annual work plan, ratifies the safeguarding children policy and monitors training compliance. 

The Trust's Safeguarding Children Board meets monthly and reports to the Trust Governance, Compliance and Risk Committee quarterly.

As part of this process the Trust Board has robust audit programmes to assure it that safeguarding systems and processes are working. The Trust also participates actively in Brent, Ealing and Harrow’s Local Safeguarding Children Boards and sub-groups which include representation from health, social care, education and the police, to ensure front line staff are able to work together to protect children.

The board of directors is accountable for ensuring the safeguarding of children in their care. The Director of Nursing is the Trust board member responsible for safeguarding children. The safeguarding children team acts on the director’s behalf to ensure that the board is assured that all necessary measures are taken to safeguard children.

Named Nurses

Named Doctors 



Ealing Hospital Named nurse and lead nurse for ICO (EHT)

Lesley Tilson

Ealing Hospital Named doctor and lead doctor for the ICO

Mary Cummins


Ealing Hospital Named doctors

Priya Kumar
Helen Channer

Ealing Community
Services (ECS)

Andrea Edwards

Ealing Community

Francesca Omisakin

Brent Community
Services (BCS)

Liz Reid

Brent Community

Locum cover

Harrow Community
Services (HCS)

Sue Westbury

Harrow Community


Role not required as no doctors employed in Harrow Community Services





Northwick Park, St. Mark's and Central MIddlesex Hospitals


Northwick Park Hospital

Ronelle Naidoo