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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.
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
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 see something, are told something or something doesn’t feel right you need to report it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.