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Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children (7 April)

Safeguarding children - means protecting the most vulnerable from abuse or neglect. If you see something, are told something or something doesn’t feel right you need to report it. Click here to find out more and how to report concerns.

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.  

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.

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 Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board. 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 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 - Maxine Chong
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 Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board 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 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

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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