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:
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:
If you, a family member or a friend, are being abused, threatened, physically or sexually assaulted by a partner, ex-partner or family member, this is domestic abuse, also called domestic violence.
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.
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:
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
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.
The Trust commissioned an independent review to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people in our care is as robust and effective as possible. An action plan has been developed to address the recommendations that have been made in the review and this has been presented to the Trust Board and is being monitored by the Safeguarding Children Committee and Quality and Performance Committee.
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.
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