Safeguarding children declaration

Safeguarding children South Tees Hospital

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust believes believe every unborn baby, child and young person has the right to grow up free from abuse or neglect.

The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring practitioners are enabled to act in support of the children and families they work with and to work in partnership with local agencies where we cannot provide this support alone.

The Board of Directors expect that at all times the needs of the child will be paramount and that whenever possible practitioners will work in partnership with families.

The trust took part in the Care Quality Commission safeguarding children review in March 2009 and the national report from the review was published in July 2009 with a set of recommendations for all NHS organisations. In response to these, the position statement for the trust regarding safeguarding arrangements is as follows:

Criminal Records Bureau checks

The trust meets the statutory requirements with regard to carrying out Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Policy and procedure

The trust has both a safeguarding children and a safeguarding children supervision policy in place. Both have been reviewed following the integration of acute and community services in 2011.

In addition to the trust policies, Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) safeguarding procedures can be accessed through the Safeguarding Children website, which is available to all staff via the trust intranet. Community based staff have access via the LSCB website.

The trust has in place a system for flagging up children who are subject to a child protection plan on the patient administration system.

This is currently only available at one site but work is underway with the local authority to standardise the process across the trust. Until this work is completed the paper based system at the other site will continue.

Training

All staff receive level 1 training as part of the induction programme and clear direction is given at this point as to further training they need to access, the level of which is dependent on their role.

Following the appointment of a part-time children’s safeguarding trainer / nurse there has been a significant increase in the numbers of staff accessing and maintaining training requirements.

Lead / named professionals

The lead / named professionals are clear about their roles and this is reflected in job descriptions and job plans for the individual roles. The lead and named nurse roles are provided by two full time post holders supported by two full time specialist nurses, a specialist midwife and a part time nurse/trainer. The named doctors have allocated time within an agreed job plan.

Board level lead

The director of nursing and patient safety is the board level executive director lead for safeguarding children. The board receives an annual safeguarding report and additional reports as necessary.

There is an audit programme in place to review that the systems and processes are working and are robust. This audit programme includes reviews of the processes in place for the accident and emergency department.

This declaration will be updated in April 2013.