Safeguarding Children Public Declaration â€“ Preparing for Care Quality Commission registration
Assurance Requirements 1. The Trust meets the statutory requirement of carrying out Criminal Bureau checks on relevant employees.
2. Child protection policies and systems are up to date and robust.
3. A process is in place for following up children who miss outpatient appointments.
4. An alert system is in place to flag up children whose safeguarding is of concern.
Completed If No, timescale for completion Yes / No Yes From 2009 the Independent Safeguarding Authority will be responsible for barring and vetting of all employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults. NHS Kirklees has developed a clear timetable and has identified key actions in relation to meeting the requirements of the Independent Safeguarding Authority registration requirements. NHS Kirklees have informed Independent Contractors of their responsibilities with regard to staff they employ. Yes NHS Kirklees has robust child protection policies and systems which are regularly reviewed to reflect local and national guidance. Yes A process is in place for following up children who miss appointments and this is reflected in NHS Kirklees Child Protection policy documents. Yes NHS Kirklees has clear systems in place to identify children where there are safeguarding concerns, including those who are subject to child protection plans. Identification of risk is now included in NHS Kirkleesâ€™ internal training programme. Recent work has been undertaken to improve information sharing in relation to domestic violence, parental health/substance misuse to ensure that children at risk and requiring safeguarding are identified and appropriate interventions and safeguards are
5. All staff working in health care settings (clinical and non-clinical) have undertaken level 1 safeguarding training. 1
6. A training plan has been developed for staff that will require more in depth training e.g. levels 2 or 3.
7. Service agreements and job descriptions provide clarity on the role of a designated and named professional.
8. Service agreements including job descriptions provide clarity on the role of a designated and named nurse professional.1 9. Board level Executive Director Lead for safeguarding has been identified.
put in place. NHS Kirklees has a robust supervision and training policy in order to ensure that the workforce is supported and competent in their safeguarding work. All staff, clinical and non clinical, receive safeguarding training on induction and safeguarding training is now part of the mandatory training programme for all clinical and non clinical staff employed by NHS Kirklees. Further work is underway to ensure that Independent Contractors fulfil their responsibilities,(in relation to level one training). Whilst NHS Kirklees does not currently monitor this, work is underway to scope how this could be addressed. NHS Kirklees has a clear Child Protection Training policy which outlines child protection training for all staff groups. Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board has a clear training plan and provides various multi agency training programmes for staff f, including independent contractors. Service agreements and job descriptions clearly define the role and responsibilities of the Named and Designated Professional. NHS Kirklees has the following posts; X1 full time Designated Nurse X2.5 Named Nurse X 1 Named Doctor (1 session per week) X1 Designated Doctor (2 sessions per week). NHS Kirklees has clearly defined Job descriptions and service agreements in relation Named and Designated Professionals. NHS Kirklees has an identified Executive Director Lead for safeguarding.
This is the level of training set by the intercollegiate guidance Safeguarding Children and Young People; Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff. http://www.ich.ucl.ac.uk/website/ich/academicunits/Centre_for_evidence_based_child_health/Custom Menu_01/safeguarding_children_rcpch0.pdf
10. The Board reviews safeguarding arrangements on an annual basis at minimum.
11. The Board is assured that robust audits are in place to ensure safeguarding systems and processes are functioning effectively.
PCT specific questions: 12. PCTs have robust performance monitoring systems in place for all providers, including the independent sector, in relation to safeguarding.
13. PCTs ensure that GP practices and staff have robust systems and practices in place to ensure they can fulfil their role in safeguarding children.
The Board at NHS Kirklees reviews safeguarding arrangements on a regular basis. An annual report is provided and reports are provided to the Governance Committee on a quarterly basis. Safeguarding is included in NHS Kirklees annual audit programme. Internal Audit has undertaken a safeguarding audit in 2008/2009 in relation to governance arrangements. An annual Section 11 Audit has also been undertaken in line with Statutory requirements (Children Act 2004). NHS Kirklees has performance monitoring systems in place for all providers but further work is required in relation to strengthening work with Independent Contractors with whom NHS Kirklees commission services. NHS Kirklees is currently developing an action plan to address these issues NHS Kirklees works with all GP Practices to ensure they have systems and practices in place to ensure they can fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities. This currently is through the Quality Outcomes Framework. GPâ€™s work to a National Contract. Work is currently ongoing to scope how as commissioners NHS Kirklees can strengthen this and discussions will take place over the next three months and an action plan will be developed.