Safeguarding children declaration
We are fully committed to ensuring that all patients, including children, are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment. We adhere to our statutory duties, in line with Section 11 of the Children Act (2004).
Safeguarding children arrangements
A number of safeguarding children arrangements are in place in order comply with our statutory duties:
- We meet statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure and Baring (DBS) checks. All our staff go through a DBS check prior to employment and those working with children undergo an enhanced level of assessment.
- Our child protection policies and systems are up to date and robust, and reviewed on a regular basis by the Trust Board.
All policies are reviewed every three years and respond to relevant legislation.
Policies and procedures are available in a dedicated safeguarding children section on our intranet.
- We have a system in place for following-up children who miss outpatient an appointment to ensure their care and health is not affected in any way.
- We have system in place for flagging children who are subject to a Child protection plan. The Trust is working to the implementation of the National Child Protection Information Sharing System (CP-IS)
- All eligible staff are required to undertake relevant safeguarding training.
Training is regularly reviewed to ensure it is up to date.
A training strategy is in place.
The percentage compliance of training at 10 July 2017, against a target of 90%:
- Level 1: 89% compliance
- Level 2: 83% compliance
- Level 3: 79% compliance
We have named safeguarding professionals who leads on safeguarding children.
They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support and training, to undertake their role, which includes close contact with other social and health care organisations.
The total number is 21.4 whole time equivalent (WTE), which includes health representation at the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in Harrow and Ealing.
The breakdown of staff, by discipline and provider, is as follows:
- Head of Safeguarding:
- Acute: 1 WTE
- Named nurse / midwife:
- Acute: 3 WTE
- Community: 3 WTE
- Nurses / midwife:
- Acute: 3.4
- Community: 7 WTE
- Named doctor:
- Acute: 2 WTE
- Community: 2 WTE
The safeguarding team is also supported by 3.4 liaison PMLs who review and monitor attendances at hospital.
In additional, we have two teams dedicated to the health needs of looked after children.
The role of our Trust Board
The Chief Nurse is the Executive Director lead for Safeguarding Children. Delegated responsibility for the safeguarding of children is to the Head of Safeguarding Children.
Our Trust Board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives a quarterly and an annual report on safeguarding children issues.
Local Safeguarding Children Boards
We are an active member of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), through the membership and work of the boards and the sub committees.
Any issues related to safeguarding children will be discussed at board each quarter.
Our audit programme provides assurance that safeguarding systems and processes are working. We take part in both single agency audits and multi-agency audits with partner organisations.
The Trust continues to review and challenge its arrangements in order to support safe and consistent practice, adheres to its statutory duties and will respond positively and assertively to any changing guidance and national reviews.