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Worcestershire Health and Care Trust Safeguarding Declaration

This declaration represents assurance from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust (WHCT) Board of arrangements that are 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.


Recruiting and Maintaining a Safe Workforce

Under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 WHCT complies with requirements of the Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in order to ensure that appropriate level of pre-employment checks are carried out during the recruitment process particularly those engaging in Regulated Activity[1].

WHCT also ensures appropriate referrals are made to DBS if the Trust has dismissed or removed a person from working with children or adults at risk (or would or may have if the person had not left or resigned etc.) because the person has behaved in a way that may have caused harm.

Policies and Procedures

WHCT 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.

WHCT has a has a defaulted appointments policy for managing defaulted appointments where there maybe safeguarding concerns for children and/or Adults at Risk.

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

Training

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 and must be undertaken on the first day of their employment with the Trust.

The on-going development of staff related to safeguarding training levels that must be achieved, depends on the nature of the work that staff are undertaking within the Trust.

Safeguarding Staffing

There is a nominated Director at Board level (Director of Quality and Executive Nurse) with responsibility for safeguarding. The Deputy Director of Nursing also has safeguarding in her portfolio. The Trust has a Designated Doctor in post as well as several Named Doctors who are Consultant Community paediatricians and an Adult Psychiatrist.


[1] Regulated Activity Definition can be found at along with other helpful information

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/corporate-publications/disclosure-and-barring-changes/leaflet-england-wales?view=Binary 

An Integrated Safeguarding Team is in place consisting of a Manager, a Deputy Manager and Named Nurses 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.

WMHPT Board regularly receives an update from the Integrated Safeguarding Team Manager via the Quality and Safety Committee reporting mechanisms. This report is also presented to the NHS commissioning body.

The Trust has a Safeguarding Adults and a Safeguarding Children Working Group which is a subcommittee of the Quality and Safety Committee which has representatives from all of the Trusts Service Delivery Units.

Collaborative Working   

WHCT is represented on Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board, Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board, Worcestershire Strategic Forum Against Domestic Abuse and all of their respective sub groups to ensure comprehensive partnership working.