Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children Declaration – June 2018

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (STHK) has a statutory responsibility to safeguard children and young people at risk from harm across all service areas in accordance with Section 11 of the Children's Act 2004. This activity is closely monitored by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), NHS England and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) as well as the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). Safeguarding children is everybody's business to help prevent abuse and to act quickly and proportionately to protect children where abuse is suspected whether staff are working directly or indirectly (with children's parents or carers) with children and young people.


Safeguarding Children arrangements include:


  • Robust internal governance processes to safeguard children including an Executive lead, a Named Doctor, Named Nurse and Named Midwife in post.
  • Safer recruitment
  • Training of all staff as appropriate for role
  • Policies for safeguarding children and allegations of abuse against a professional
  • Effective supervision arrangements
  • Working in partnership with other agencies

Safeguarding Children Team

The Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Governance is the Trust Board lead for safeguarding.  


The Trust has a dedicated safeguarding team comprising of Named Nurse, Named Doctor and Named Midwife, Safeguarding Children, who are supported by Specialist Safeguarding Nurses, midwives and administration staff. 

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

The primary role of the safeguarding team is to provide guidance and support to all staff across the organisation, deliver training and supervision, contribute to internal and external reviews, share learning and ensure any associated changes to policy are embedded in practice.


There is a specific Training Needs Analysis (TNA) in place to ensure all STHK staff are trained appropriately in relation to Safeguarding Children dependant on their role and area of work. The TNA and associated training is compliant with the guidance from the Inter Collegiate Document; Safeguarding Children & Young People, roles and competences for health care staff (RCPCH 2014). 


The Safeguarding Children policy is up to date and compliant with national and local guidance and legislation. The policy is available for all staff to access via the internal safeguarding web page.

Internal and External Assurance

STHK has a Safeguarding Children Steering Group which is responsible for driving the safeguarding agenda. The group meets quarterly and reports directly to the patient Safety Council, the Quality Committee and Clinical Quality Performance Group.

Specific safeguarding children Key performance Indicators (KPI's) are set and monitored by St Helens CCG, the Trust has a safeguarding audit plan to monitor policy compliance and also contributes to multi agency audits facilitated by the local Safeguarding Children's Boards.

A Section 11 Children Act Compliance audit is also completed and submitted on an annual basis to St Helens LSCB who provides assurance to other surrounding LSCBs.   


Contact Details

Named Nurse Safeguarding Children: Anne Monteith 0151 676 5298

Named Midwife Safeguarding Children: Sharon Wilson 0151 290 4561

Named Doctor Safeguarding Children: Dr Maysara Aziz 0151 430 2177 / 1754 

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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