The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) continues to ensure that all patients including children and young people are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment. 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. The Trust Board expects that at all times the needs of the child are paramount and that practitioners will work in partnership with families. In order to facilitate this there are a number of safeguarding children arrangements are in place.
- Meeting statutory requirements in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks allowing employers to access the criminal record history of people working or volunteering, or seeking to work or volunteer in certain positions, especially those that involve working with vulnerable groups by undertaking an enhanced check.
- Ensuring all the Trust Safeguarding Children policies and systems are robust, up to date and reviewed regularly.
- A process for following up children and young people who do not attend outpatient appointments within any specialty to ensure their care and health are not adversely affected.
- An electronic system is in place to flag children and young people with safeguarding concerns; these children are reviewed weekly at the safeguarding team meeting.
- All eligible staff undertake relevant safeguarding children training which is regularly reviewed to ensure it is up to date. The Trust has a robust training strategy in place to ensure that all staff are trained to the required level according to the job role using both in-house and external training where appropriate.
- One of the Trusts aims for 2016/2017 is to support and embed safeguarding supervision across the Trust amongst frontline staff.
- The Named Nurse is the Children's Safeguarding Champion for the Trust and is a Harrow Safeguarding Children's Board approved trainer. All level 3 Children's Safeguarding trained staff at RNOH will be given the ‘NHS CSE advice for Health care staff booklet’ along with the ‘NWG pocket guide on tackling CSE’.
Children's Safeguarding Team
The Named Professionals are clear about their roles and this is reflected in job descriptions and job plans for the individual roles. The safeguarding children’s service is provided by:
- Named Nurse 0.8 WTE
- Named Doctor 0.2 WTE
- Administration support 0.5
The Director of Children's Services is the executive lead for safeguarding children. The Trust continues to participate in the Children Act. Section 11 Audit as part of its ongoing work to ensure compliance with local and national safeguarding standards in 2016/2017 in partnership with Harrow LSCB.
Dr Zilla Huma MB, ChB, MRCP, FRCPCH
Director of Children's Services and Executive Lead for Children's Safeguarding