We have responsibility for ensuring that the welfare of all children who come into contact with our services is promoted.
We take the responsibility of caring for children and young people very seriously and have a process in place for assuring ourselves that our procedures for safeguarding this group of patients are effective and safe.
The Trust Board regularly reviews the necessary arrangements for safeguarding children in place in the Trust.
Safeguarding children declaration
The Board of Directors of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust is accountable for and committed to ensuring the safeguarding of children in their care. The Trust also has a responsibility to liaise with other agencies and provide information to them where necessary, to ensure the ongoing safety of children once they leave hospital.
The Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery has board level responsibility for safeguarding children. The Safeguarding Children Team (SCT) acts on her behalf to ensure that the Board is assured that all necessary measures are taken to safeguard children.
The BSUH child protection service is provided by a specialist team of nurses and doctors that provides advice and support to staff who meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.
This team comprises:
Safeguarding children nurse
Named doctor with 4 PAs for safeguarding children
Named midwife for safeguarding children
They lead the health service contribution to the safeguarding and child protection provision locally. They are the first point of contact for child protection advice and paediatric opinion. They support the delivery of child protection training to all health staff across the trust
Provision of specialist advice and support
Clinical leadership for medical staff, nursing staff & allied health professionals
Training at Levels 1, 2 and 3 to all health staff, as well as contributing to the multi-agency training provided by the B&H LSCB
Ensure good liaison with other professionals linked to the family
Provide child protection supervision
Undertake child protection medicals
Complete the health component of Individual Management Reviews for Serious Case Reviews and support local implementation plans
Contribute to investigations into child deaths and provide support to health professionals attending Rapid Response Meetings if required
Audit of child protection arrangements.
Systems and processes
The Trust complies with both NHS standards and current legislation and meets statutory requirements in relation to carrying out Disclosure and Barring (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) checks for staff.
The Trust works to the Sussex Child Protection Procedures. In addition the Trust’s child protection policies and procedures are up to date, regularly reviewed, and are accessible by all staff via the Trust intranet.
All staff new to the Trust have safeguarding children training level 1 as part of their induction. In addition there is mandatory level 2 training every 3 years for clinical staff who mainly care for adults and yearly level 3 training for staff who care for children or unborn children.
The Trust’s Safeguarding Children Committee meets quarterly. Safeguarding issues are reported twice a year to the Quality and Governance Committee.
The Board of Directors takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously, and receives an annual report on safeguarding children. A programme of audits to ensure that processes and systems are working effectively is included in the annual safeguarding work plan which is reviewed by the Safeguarding Children Committee every 3 months.
Partnership working and information sharing
The local safeguarding children boards at are the statutory bodies responsible for coordinating policy and practice for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in the boroughs.
They work with all agencies responsible for providing services to children and young people up to the age of eighteen. This includes BSUH where the lead director for safeguarding children sits on the local safeguarding children board ensuring that health services are represented and involved. The Trust is committed to inter-agency working and positively supports opportunities to work with other organisations and disciplines.
Everybody has the right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.
We are all responsible for the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We must ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. If you see something, say something.
In order to protect people from abuse and harm it is important that everyone knows what to do if they suspect someone is being abused.
You may suspect that someone is being harmed or abused because:
You have general concerns about someone’s wellbeing
You see or hear about something which could cause abuse
Someone tells you something has happened or is happening to them which could be abuse
If you have any concerns regarding a patient or a member of staff in BSUH, please contact us immediately.
If you have immediate concerns anyone’s safety, please call 999. If you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child or adult at risk of abuse or neglect, please contact your local social care service:
Social networking sites and online gaming can be used by perpetrators as an easy way to access children and young people for sexual abuse, including sexual exploitation, or to attract children and young people into extremist ideology.
They do this by….
Building relationships of trust
As a parent or carer you can play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. Innocent searches sometimes reveal not so innocent results. So if you’re worried about what your child is searching for online, who they’re talking to or what they’re seeing, then the following guidance may help.
You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online but the following guidance from the UK Safer Internet Centre can help you.
It starts with an open and honest dialogue. Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel. Not sure where to begin? Have a look at the suggested conversation starters for parents.
It starts with a balanced approach. As parents it’s natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Connect with your child by asking them to share with you their favourite things to do online, as well as discussing the risks they might come across. Quick activities you can do as a family.
It starts with using the tools available to help you. There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online. For advice and guidance on how to make use of parental controls and other safety features on devices, check out the free Parents’ Guide to Technology and see the advice centre for parents and carers.
It starts with knowing where to get help. It can sometimes feel like young people are the experts in all things online, but remember – you are the life experts. You are always there to help your child but make sure you know how to get support too by visiting the Need Help? page. You can find more information about how you can help your child stay safe online by using features such as privacy settings on social media and understanding how to make a report on a range of apps, games and services.
It starts with a family agreement. The online world is an increasingly large part of modern family life, so it makes sense to approach it as a family too. Why not make a pledge together on how as a family you’re going to use the internet safely and positively? If you need help with this, have a look at the family pledge card for a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Modern slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation.Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting.
BSUH is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Our commitment to ensure a zero tolerance towards modern slavery is reflected in a number of our policies and procedures. These include BSUH policies for Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children which are developed and maintained in line with national and local governance frameworks. BSUH works closely with partner organisations to ensure robust safeguarding arrangements are in place to protect the community it serves.
Role appropriate mandatory safeguarding training is provided for staff and volunteers which includes awareness of modern slavery.
BSUH is committed to maintaining safe recruitment processes by ensuring strict employment checks to include identity checks/work permits/DBS checks.