Safeguarding children declaration

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.

At all times the needs of the child will be paramount and whenever possible practitioners will work in partnership with families.

Policy, procedure and training

The trust has in place a range of policies and procedures to help staff safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All staff receive safeguarding children training at a level appropriate to their role and contact with children.

Named professionals

The trust has in place a Named Nurse for Safeguarding and Looked after Children and a Named Midwife, supported by a safeguarding children team. The Named Doctors for Child Protection have allocated time within an agreed job plan for the role.

Board level lead

The Director of Nursing is the board level executive director lead for safeguarding children and is supported by the Assistant Director of Nursing (Safeguarding). The board receives an annual safeguarding report and additional reports as necessary.

Last updated: January 2019