Safeguarding Children

​Safeguarding Children Declaration - May 2014
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals (NHS) Trust ensures that there are systems and processes in place to promote the safeguarding and wellbeing of all patients. The Trust monitors and develops practice in light of local and national guidelines. The Trust strives to work in partnership with patients, families and carers to provide a safe environment, treating them as individuals without discrimination.

In 2009, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a review of Safeguarding Children processes across all NHS Trusts in England. From these reviews five key areas were identified as requiring urgent attention within the NHS.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust Board is assured that appropriate arrangements are in place within the Trust to address the five key areas as identified below.

1. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Pre employment checks
St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has a duty of care to all its patients and sees the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults as an integral part of its governance systems and recognises the importance of pre-employment disclosure checks for all Trust applicants / appointees (including volunteers). The Trust DBS Policy in conjunction with the Trust Safer Recruitment and Employment Checks Policy provide a clear framework to ensure that all relevant checks are carried out and that the Trust meets statutory obligations  

2. Child Protection Policies and Systems

The Trust Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy is up to date with current legislation and guidance, and was ratified in March 2014. This Policy incorporates Standard Operational Procedures relating to safeguarding children in its widest sense. This policy is readily available on the Trust's intranet site.

A quarterly Safeguarding Assurance Audit is carried out and scrutinises practice against this policy.

Internal Trust policy supports multi-agency policies and procedures as defined by the three Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCBs) – St Helens, Knowsley and Halton.

 3. Named Professionals for Safeguarding Children

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 reinforced the role of Named Professionals  and the organisational requirement to employ them.

It states that all providers of NHS services including NHS Trusts should identify a Named Doctor, Named Nurse and Named Midwife (if the organisation provides maternity services) for safeguarding children.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has: 

  • A Paediatric Consultant, whose role encompasses that of the named Doctor for Safeguarding Children;
  • A Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children whose role encompasses that of Named Midwife; 

All the Trust's named professionals have job descriptions and protected time to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children.

These named professionals are supported operationally by specialist safeguarding staff within the organisation.​

 4. Safeguarding Children Training
All eligible staff have undertaken and are up to date with safeguarding training at Level 1. In addition, a review of other training arrangements has been completed, taking account of emerging messages from the national review of safeguarding training.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has a Safeguarding Children Training Strategy providing a clear statement of the expectations of staff in relation to the provision of safeguarding children training.

Level 1 training is delivered within the Trust's mandatory training programme, by a member of the Trust Safeguarding Team. 

Further training is delivered at Levels 2 and 3 (core & specialist)) on both a single agency and multi-agency basis.

Compliance against the mandatory training requirements is reported on a monthly basis.

5. Trust Board Assurance
The Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Governance is the Trust Board lead for safeguarding children, and chairs the Trust Safeguarding Children Assurance Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis.

The Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children from the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is also a member of this committee.

Senior managers from this committee represent the Trust at the three Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) meetings. 

​A quarterly report is tabled at the Trust Patient Safety Council which summarises progress relating to training, activity, policy, updates and learning from Serious Case Reviews and Serious Incidents.

Such information is cascaded throughout the Trust via individual directorate governance meetings and down to front line staff via ward level meetings.

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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