Safeguarding children and young people
Safeguarding Children Declaration
Care Quality Commission Fundamental Standard 13 and Section 11 of the Children Act 2004
The Board has received assurance that the statutory arrangements for the safeguarding of children and young people are in place for St George’s Healthcare University Hospital Foundation NHS Trust.
The organisation gives priority to safeguarding children and young people making sure their needs are met the trust has been assured that children and young people receive high quality care in a safe, secure environment provided by suitably trained caring staff in all our services. The following arrangements are in place in order to achieve high standards of care and to meet the requirements of Core standard 2 and Section 11 of the Children Act:
Disclosure and Barring Service
All staff employed by the Trust have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks prior to employment and those who work with children also undergo an enhanced level assessment.
Policy and Procedures
All policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and are posted on the child safeguarding page of the trust’s intranet. Policies and procedures are reviewed and revised on a regular basis and are scrutinised by the Children and Young People’s Safeguarding Committee prior to being approved the trust’s executive lead for child safeguarding.
Children failing to attend appointments
The Trust has a policy in place to ensure that children who fail to attend appointments are recognised and that informed decisions, (taking into account social and health issues) are made to ensure appropriate follow-up. Information about failed appointments is shared with the child’s GP and other professionals, such as the health visitor or school nurse
A clear line of accountability is in place. The trust board receives an annual report on safeguarding children and an annual update as part of their development. The safeguarding children & young people’s safeguarding committee has been delegated responsibility for scrutinising the trust’s arrangements for safeguarding children, including the implementation of action plans, recommendations from serious care reviews and the findings from internal safeguarding audits.
Safeguarding children structure
The Board has a lead director for safeguarding children who oversees the safeguarding children arrangements. The named professionals are appropriately trained and have protected time to fulfil their responsibilities. There is a wider team of safeguarding leads in several areas who assist the named professionals. The designated professionals are part of the extended team and are available for support and advice. The team structure is as follows:
Safeguarding Children Team St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust
|Safeguarding Lead||Area of responsibility||Time allocated|
|Chief Nurse and Director of Operations||As part of role|
|Named Doctor (acute)||Consultant Paediatrician||3 programmed activities|
|Named Doctor – deputy
|Consultant Paediatrician||1 programmed activity|
|Named Midwife||Deputy Head of Midwifery||Approx. 0.2wte??|
|Deputy Named Midwife||Sister Postnatal||0.8wte|
|Named Nurse – Acute||Named Nurse – Safeguarding Children||1.wte|
|Named Nurse –
|Named Nurse – Safeguarding Children||1.wte|
|Deputy Named Nurse – Acute||1 WTE|
|Child Protection Advisor – Community||Child Protection Advisor||1.wte|
|Lead for LAC – community||Lead Nurse for Looked After Children||1.wte|
|Liaison Health Visitor –community||Liaison Health Visitor – based in acute||1.wte|
|Departmental leads – acute service||A&E
|Approx 0.2wte for safeguarding|
Partnership working and information sharing
The lead director for safeguarding children sits on one of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards ensuring that the view of Health is clearly represented and that Health is actively involved in planning and decision making at all levels. Similarly the Divisional Director of Nursing and Governance for the Children’s and Women’s division attends the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board of a neighbouring borough on behalf of the Chief Nurse. The Trust is committed to interagency working and positively supports opportunities to work with other organisations and disciplines. The Trust is clear about the rational and mechanisms for sharing information and has an information sharing policy in place.
A safeguarding children training strategy is in place and training is planned and delivered to suit the needs of the workforce. All staff members are trained at level one and yearly updates are in place via the MAST system. New members of staff are trained at level 2 at Trust Induction, while staff members who work more directly with children are trained at level 3. A training database for all staff is maintained, while training needs are reviewed as part of individual performance reviews and more broadly throughout the organisation by audit.
Signed: Jennie Hall