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Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding statement of compliance

  • The trust can confirm that the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is compliant with the statutory requirement to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS) check on all staff (including volunteers) prior to employment. Dependent on role staff will have a standard or enhanced level of assessment.

All the trust’s child protection policies and systems are robust and are reviewed every two years or more frequently, if required, to comply with any new national guidance or legislation.
 
The trust also has procedures in place for following up children who miss outpatient appointments within any specialty 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.
 
The trust has a robust training strategy in place with regard to delivering safeguarding children training. Staff receive level 1, 2 or 3 dependent on their role, and we aim to ensure 80% of the relevant staff have received  training. The levels are as follows: 

  • Level 1: All permanent hospital staff are required to complete level 1 training: Knowing what to look for which may indicate possible harm and knowing who to contact and seek advice from if they have concerns
  • Level 2: All clinical staff that have any patient contact are required to complete level 2 training: Knowledge and understanding to identify any signs of child abuse or neglect.  Recognising potential impact of a parent's / carer's physical and mental health on the wellbeing of a child. (level 1 competencies included:
  • Level 3: All clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are child protection concerns are required to complete level 3 (level 1 and 2 competencies included).

The trust reports child protection training compliance on all levels of training. All records of attendance is entered onto and monitored via the Trust  ESR system . Attendance is monitored and reported via the Children’s Safeguarding Committee. 
 
The trust has named individuals with clear roles and responsibilities for safeguarding children. They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, to undertake their roles, which includes close contact with other social and health care organisations. The total number of professionals is as follows:

Named Doctor

3 PAs

Deputy Named Doctor

1 PA

Named Nurse

1.0 wte

Named Midwife

1.0 wte

Safeguarding Children Advisor

1.0 wte

Safeguarding Maternity Advisor

1.0.wte

Senior Administrator

1.0 wte

Administrator

1.0 wte

 

The director of nursing is the executive director lead for safeguarding children. The deputy director of nursing  chairs the North Middlesex University Hospital's safeguarding children committee which reports to the board on safeguarding children issues.

 The trust board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives an annual report on safeguarding children issues.

Page last updated: August 2016