Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Declaration September 2019

This declaration represents assurance that the Executive Board of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust  has arrangements in place to ensure that children and adults at risk of harm, who come into contact with the Trust either directly, or as a family member of one of our patients, are safeguarded from harm.

In the past year the Trust has met all its statutory requirements in relation to safeguarding children, young people and adults and is fully compliant with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) fundamental standards relating to safeguarding and Section 11(Children Act 2004) requirements. Specific safeguarding 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 Partnership Boards and Local Safeguarding Adult Boards.

The Trust recognises the need to be able to identify patients with vulnerable characteristics as early in their hospital journey as possible and to ensure that their needs are met and, if necessary, making reasonable adjustments to their care.  This ensures that patients are protected and safeguarded and the need for more formal safeguarding processes are minimised.

Recruiting and maintaining a safe workforce

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are carried out in line with statutory requirements. The Trust has a fully implemented DBS Policy.  This policy sets out the relevant checks the Trust will undertake for the appointment of new staff and existing employees, including volunteers.

The Trust continues to monitor and review its processes, particularly those involving celebrity visitors and volunteers in light of the recommendations made in the Lampard Report. 

The Trust will also ensure appropriate referrals are made to the DBS if the Trust were to dismiss or remove a person from working with children or adults at risk (or would or may have done if the person had not left or resigned etc.) if a person has behaved in a way that may have caused harm.

Policies and procedures

The Trust has Safeguarding Children and Adults Policies that are reviewed three yearly as well as whenever amendments are required in line with new national or local policy and legislative requirements.

The Trust has a defaulted appointments policy for managing defaulted appointments where there maybe safeguarding concerns for children and young persons

Safeguarding Incidents identified within the Trust are reported on the Trust's incident reporting system.


Safeguarding Children and Adults Training is mandatory for all staff who work within the Trust. All new staff receive a safeguarding briefing on the Trust induction programme which is also mandatory for all staff. The on-going mandatory development of staff related to safeguarding training levels is in place. The level of training undertaken depends on the nature of the staff member's role within the Trust.

There is a specific Training Needs Analysis (TNA) in place to ensure all Trust staff are trained appropriately in relation to Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults 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 2019 and the Bournemouth National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Adults (2014).

Safeguarding staffing

The statutory requirements for safeguarding are met.  The Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Governance is the Executive lead and is supported by the Assistant Director for Safeguarding.  The Trust has a Named Doctor, Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children and a Named Midwife. Safeguarding Specialist Nurses support the Named Nurses.

The Safeguarding Team is in place to ensure that all staff within the Trust receive the required advice, support, supervision and training in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk.

Governance Arrangements

The Trust has a Safeguarding Assurance Group which is attended by the local CCG's and Healthwatch representatives. The Trust Board receives as a minimum an annual report of safeguarding activities and assurances regarding safeguarding activity via the Patient Safety Council, Patient Experience Council and Quality Committee reporting mechanisms.  

Collaborative working  

The Trust is represented on Local Safeguarding Adults Board, Children Safeguarding Partnership Boards, Domestic Abuse Forums and all of their respective sub groups to ensure comprehensive partnership working.

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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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