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Children

Keeping children and young people safe is everyone's business

London North West University 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.

A child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. Therefore 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.

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 Disclosure and Barring.  All staff employed at the Trust undergo a DBS check prior to employment and those working with children undergo an enhanced level of  assessment.
  • Training

  • In compliance with the Intercollegiate Document 2014, the Trust has a Safeguarding Children Training Strategy in place to deliver child protection training. There are currently three levels of training. 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 whom 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

Our Chief Nurse is the executive director lead for safeguarding children.  The Head of Safeguarding Children has delegated responsibility from the Chief Nurse to provide strategic leadership with regards to safeguarding children across the whole of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

The Head of Safeguarding Children represents LNWUHT on all Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) in Harrow, Brent and Ealing and named professionals have delegated authority to represent LNWUHT on local LSCB sub-groups.

The Head of Safeguarding Children and the Named Nurses for Safeguarding Children 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 Trust has a team of Named Nurses, Named Doctors, Looked After Children(LAC) leads and a Named Midwife for safeguarding children who are supported by safeguarding children advisors, LAC nurses, specialist midwives and the paediatric and maternity liaison nurses.

Trust Board assurance

The Trust Board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and as part of gaining assurance that the Trust is fulfilling its statutory safeguarding obligations the board receives a safeguarding children annual report, an annual work plan, ratifies the safeguarding children policy and monitors training compliance. 

The Trust's Safeguarding Children Steering group meets monthly and reports to the Trust Integrated Governance Committee and Clinical Quality and Risk Committee quarterly.

As part of this process the Trust Board has robust audit programmes to ensure that safeguarding systems and processes are working. The Trust also ensures that it is represented and actively participates 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 Chief Nurse is the Trust board member responsible for safeguarding children. The safeguarding children team acts on the Chief Nurse’s behalf to ensure that the board is assured that all necessary measures are taken to safeguard children.

Contact details

Head of safeguarding children

  • Carol Ann Williams


Acute sites and urgent care centres

Named doctors

Named nurse


Community services

Named doctors

Named nurse

Midwife

Lead and named midwife


Looked after children

Named doctors

Lead nurses

 

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Hub (MASH) health practitioners