Safeguarding Children Executive Lead:
Prof Paul Fish, Director of Nursing
Named Nurse Safeguarding Children:
Jo Ulyett: 020 8909 5337 Bleep: 821
Specialist Advisor Safeguarding Children:
Anne Byrne: 020 8909 5337
Named Doctor Safeguarding Children:
Dr Zilla Huma
Safeguarding Administrative Co-ordinator:
Stephanie Batten-Matheson / Jack Lo: 020 8909 5241
Safeguarding Adult Executive Lead:
Prof Paul Fish, Director of Nursing
Named Nurse Safeguarding Adults:
Francis Kudjoe 020 8909 5812 Bleep: 705
Named Doctor Safeguarding Adults:
Dr Charlotte Pratt
Children and Young People Safeguarding Declaration
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) is committed to protecting and safeguarding children and young people and has taken all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.
The safety and welfare of children and young people who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements. The Trust Board are committed to ensuring that RNOH practitioners are enabled to children and support families they work with, in partnership with local agencies and are engaged in the work of the Harrow Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB).
Governance and assurance: The Director of Nursing is a Board Level Executive Director with specific responsibility for safeguarding children. This includes accountability for ensuring the Trust employs robust audit processes, ensuring safeguarding children practices are efficient and effective. The Executive Director is the identified Trust named (senior) individual who attends the Harrow Safeguarding Children Board, and nominated individuals attend their committees.
The Trust Board takes its statutory responsibility for safeguarding children seriously and receives a Safeguarding Children annual report, monthly reports and exception reports as required. The Safeguarding Committee meets bi monthly and reports to the Quality Committee a sub-committee of the Trust Board.
The Trust has an identified Named Nurse (1.0WTE), Named Doctor (2PA’s) and Safeguarding Children Advisor (1.0WTE). The Named Professionals are clear about their roles, have sufficient time to dedicate to safeguarding, and receive relevant support, supervision and training to undertake their role. This includes close liaison with other social and health care organisations.
Recruitment and employment practice: The Trust ensures it has safe recruitment practices in place, meeting legislative and regulatory standards, which includes the statutory requirement with regard to the carrying out of Disclosure and Barring (DBS) and referral to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). There is a Whistleblowing Policy and Managing Allegations Policy.
Training: It is a mandatory requirement that all staff at the Trust attend safeguarding children training relevant to their role and responsibilities. In line with national guidance (Safeguarding Children: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff 2014) the RNOH ensures that all staff undertake safeguarding children training, appropriate to their role and level of responsibility. This is monitored monthly.
Safeguarding children policy and procedures: The Trust ensures it has policies and procedures in place to protect children which reflect national recommendations. These policies are regularly reviewed and updated and monitored by the Safeguarding Committee.
Missed appointments: The Trust has a process in place for following up children who miss outpatient appointments to ensure their care, and ultimately their health, is not affected in any way. In addition the Trust has a system in place for flagging children for who there are safeguarding concerns.
Professor Paul Fish
Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience
Executive Lead for Safeguarding
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