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Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children (7 April)

WVT NHS Trust is committed to protecting and safeguarding children and young people The safety and welfare of children and young people who come into contact with our services is our priority. The trust works closely with partner agencies - social services, police, education, housing and the voluntary sector – to ensure children and young people at risk are identified and action taken to safeguard them. This is important to identify, understand and tackle the new and emerging safeguarding issues and make sure that arrangements for safeguarding children are robust and effective.

Our policies

We have up to date and robust policies and procedures, including processes for following up children who miss outpatient appointments and a system in our unscheduled care services , such as the Emergency Department , Minor Injuries Units and Dental Access centres for flagging up children for whom there are safeguarding concerns.

Staff training and job descriptions

Safeguarding Children training is mandatory and is available internally and through the Safeguarding Children and Young People in Herefordshire Partnership. Staff receive level 1, 2 or 3 training with a minimum refresher of every three years dependent on their role. The trust reports training level compliance.

The Trust can confirm it 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.

The Trust has named individuals with clear roles and responsibilities for safeguarding children. They are clear about their role and receive relevant support, and training, to undertake their roles, which includes close contact with other social and health care organisations.

Who is Responsible?

Our child safeguarding governance arrangements include named directors responsible for overseeing child safety these are:

  • Executive Director, Safeguarding lead - Director of Nursing - Lucy Flanagan
  • Non Executive Director, Safeguarding Lead – Frank Myers
  • Named Doctor - Lesley Peers
  • Named Nurse - Hazel French/Caron Shelley
  • Named Midwife - Abbi Maddox
The Trust board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives an annual report on safeguarding children issues. The Director Of Nursing chairs the quarterly Trust Safeguarding Committee which monitors safeguarding processes, reviews the annual audit plan and reports to the Quality Committee.

In addition we work closely with the Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, our Designated Professionals and the Safeguarding Children and Young People in Herefordshire Partnership to ensure our arrangements are as robust.

If you have any issues about Child Safeguarding that you would like to raise, don't hesitate to contact us through the team number 01432 363916. 

If you see something, are told something or something doesn’t feel right you need to report it.

NSPCC Helpline

To further protect children and young people from harm, national government is working with the NSPCC to expand and promote its helpline. Parents or any adult will be able to call if they want someone to talk to, and they should get in touch if they are worried about a child or young person. Anyone with concerns should email help@nspcc.org.uk or call 0808 800 5000. Click the link to visit the helpline page on the NSPCC website. 

If you are worried about a child or young person’s safety or welfare, you can speak to someone in children’s social care by calling:
  • Herefordshire MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub): 01432 260800
  • Urgent calls outside of office hours:  01905 768020

In an emergency you must dial 999 for the police and/or ambulance service.

For more information please follow this link to Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards website page.

Child safeguarding statement

WyeValley NHS Trust, working in partnership with other agencies is committed to the vision, mission and values of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.  Click here to read our statement.

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