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Safeguarding Service

 

 

Safeguarding Service

The Safeguarding Service team is trained in all aspects of safeguarding and abuse and can provide advice, training and support to staff and independent contractors.


What are the categories of safeguarding/abuse?
The areas of safeguarding are currently broken down as follows:

 

  • Safeguarding Children (Child protection)
  • Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Safeguarding Adults (Adult protection)
  • Domestic Abuse (MARAC)
  • Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
  • MAPPA (Multi agency public protection arrangements
  • Honour based violence/forced marriage
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Genital mutilation 

 

Safeguarding Children (Child protection)
The Named Nurses, Safeguarding children provide training, advice, support and supervision regarding child protection issues.

 

Safeguarding documentation:

Safeguarding Children Policy

Safeguarding Children Flowchart - Wirral

Safeguarding Children Flowchart - Cheshire East
 

Children Looked After 
The Children Looked After Nurses ensure that statutory requirements for children in care are met and work with health providers/partner agencies involved with Looked After Children to ensure appropriate information is shared between agencies.

 

Safeguarding Adults (Adult Protection) & Domestic Abuse
The Safeguarding Practitioner – Lead for Safeguarding Adults/Domestic Abuse provides advice, support and supervision regarding adult protection/domestic abuse issues.
 

Mental Capacity Act (MCA) & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
The Safeguarding Practitioner – Lead for MCA/DOLS responds to the requirements laid out in the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The remit of the role is also to provide advice, training and support with regards to undertaking capacity assessments and MCA principles in relation to best interest treatment decisions.
 

MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements)
MAPPA is the mechanism by which all the relevant Criminal Justice and partner agencies come to together to manager high risk offenders – usually those who have committed violent or sexual offences.

Section 325 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty to co-operative with the MAPPA Responsible Authority (Police, Prisons and Probation) upon a number of authorities including Health.

A statutory duty was placed on all agencies to provide a ‘single point of contact’ (SPOC). For Wirral health agencies this role is undertaken by Wirral Community NHS Trust. The ‘single point of contact’ role ensures that information is shared when appropriate to ensure that public safety and also staff safety is maximised.

 

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) is a statutory agency established by the Children Act (2004). The WSCB is a multi-agency partnership of organisations who agree to work together to safeguard and promote teh welfare of children. 

 

 

 

Safeguarding statement

 

Safeguarding statement (children and adults)

We are committed to ensuring that children, young people and adults at risk are treated in safe and secure environments and are cared for by staff trained to the appropriate level for their role and understand their responsibilities with regard to safeguarding. Safeguarding training has mandatory status across the organisation.


Statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are met. All eligible staff (as defined by NHS Employers) working for the Trust undergo robust employment checks prior to employment and those working with children, young people and adults at risk undergo an enhanced level of assessment.

 

Our safeguarding processes are aligned to and link with Wirral Safeguarding Children Board and Wirral Safeguarding Adult Board child and adult protection policies and systems.

We have named professionals who lead on issues in relation to safeguarding children and adults. They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant supervision, support and training to undertake their roles, which includes partnership working with other health and social care organisations.

The Board level Executive Director lead for safeguarding is the Director of Nursing and Performance.

The Trust Board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously. Quarterly reports are received by the governance sub-committee. The Trust Board receives an annual report on safeguarding in relation to children and adults. The annual report for the period 2013/2014 was presented in June 2014. 

 

Safeguarding documentation:

Safeguarding Children Policy

Safeguarding Children Flowchart - Wirral

Safeguarding Children Flowchart - Cheshire East

 

 

Children Looked After

 

Children Looked After Nurses

Who are we?

The Children Looked After (CLA) Nurses make sure that young people, 16-18 years old in care have their health needs met. We work with health providers/partner agencies involved with Children Looked After to ensure information is shared between agencies.

 

Our nurses have many years of experience of working with children and young people.The Children Looked After Team provides advice, support & training to those staff across the organisation whose work includes children/young people with looked after status.

What is our role?

We encourage and work in partnership with young people to help them make positive choices about their health and wellbeing.

 

What we do:

 

  • introductory visits to each young person we work with
  • health assessments every year for young people we work with
  • attend Children Looked After reviews for young people with their consent
  • offer advice and support about a range of health topics
  • signpost young people to appropriate services eg Brook
  • refer young people into service to improve their health eg stop smoking service
  • offer health support and advice to foster carers and care home staff about the health of children and young people
  • we can give young people any outstanding immunisations at home or placement


The service will always try to organise visits at a suitable place for the young person.

Confidentiality

Any discussions with the LAC nurses are private and confidential. However, if a young person is being harmed, or their safety is at risk they have to share the information discussed with the young person's social worker. This is to ensure the young person gets the help and support they need.

What happens when they reach 18 years old

When young people in care reach 18 we will write to the young person with an up to date summary of their health needs.

 

This includes information about their immunisations, their NHS number and any health concerns they have.

We will also share this information with the young person's GP and Social Worker and any other relevant professional.

 

This is to make the move from children's into adult health services as smooth as possible.

Contact information

Children Looked After nurses Jane Sansbury & Mandy Davies can be contacted on 0151 514 2280.

Who to contact if you have a concern about a child?

 

If you need to refer an urgent child protection matter for investigation then please contact the Central Advice and Duty Team at Wirral Council:


Tel: (0151) 606 2008
Minicom: (0151) 666 5259
Fax: (0151) 606 2022
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In the case of out of hours service contact Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on (0151) 677 6557. See further information about the Emergency Duty Team out of hours service.

Feedback

If you would like this information in another format or language, or would like to provide feedback about any of our services, please contact our Patient Experience Officer:

 

T: 0151 514 2888
Freephone: 0800 694 5530
Or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Training

 

Provision of training

 

Bespoke safeguarding training packages can be prepared in order to provide health providers with safeguarding knowledge specific to their area of service delivery in addition to meeting national registration requirements such as Care Quality Commission.

 

To request more information please contact Head of Safeguarding Service on 0151 514 2281.

Contact

 

Who to contact if you have a concern about a child?

If you need to refer an urgent child protection matter for investigation then please contact the Central Advice and Duty Team at Wirral Council :

Tel: (0151) 606 2008
Minicom: (0151) 666 5259
Fax: (0151) 606 2022
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the case of out of hours service contact Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on (0151) 677 6557. See further information about the Emergency Duty Team out of hours service


For information regarding accessing Children’s Social Care and how agencies work together to safeguard children please access this link: www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/childrens-services/childrens-social-care/safeguarding-children  


 

Who to contact if you have a concern about an adult?

If you feel an adult at risk is unable to make decisions for themselves and is likely to remain at risk of abuse, or you yourself are being abused, you should contact the Central Advice and Duty Team in confidence on:

  • Tel: 0151 606 2006
  • Fax: 0151 606 2600
  • Opening hours: Monday- Friday, 9am to 5pm

If you need to call outside these hours then the Emergency Duty Team is available Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9am.  This includes weekends and bank holidays (including Christmas, New Years Day and Easter).

  • Tel: 0151 677 6557
  • Fax: 0151 677 5372

 

For information re accessing Department of Adult Social Services and how it works with other agencies to safeguard adults please access the link below.
www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/social-care-and-health/im-worried-about-someone/reporting-abuse

 

 

 

 

 

Related

 

Related Information

 

Safeguarding annual reports 

 

Wirral Community NHS Trust annual report 2013 - 14



Statutory guidance  

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children - 

Working Together To Safeguard Children (March 2013)

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:17

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