Safeguarding

We at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. We work closely with other agencies within Dudley and the Black Country to ensure a seamless, co-ordinated approach to both adults and children in our care, and to the children of adults in our care.

We have currently declared ourselves compliant with the CQC requirements for safeguarding children.

Click here to view our statement of compliance.

The Trust has designated consultants and named nurses for safeguarding adults and children. There is also a named midwife for safeguarding. These professionals provide training, advice and support to staff patients and other agencies.

The Trust works in partnership with local authorities to safeguard vulnerable adults and children. Each local authority has its own Safeguarding Adult Board and Safeguarding Children’s Board made up of nominated lead officers from key organisations within each local authority. The role of the safeguarding boards is to maintain and develop inter-agency frameworks to safeguard adults and children and to co-ordinate what is done by each agency lead member to achieve this.

The Board representative for The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust is the Director of Nursing.

Safeguarding Children

The Trust has a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004 to protect children from harm as part of the wider work of safeguarding and promoting their welfare.

This means working in partnership with other agencies to:

  • Protect children from maltreatment
  • Prevent impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensure children grow up in circumstances consistent with provision of safe and effective care

We aim to fulfill our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by:

  • Having clear lines of accountability and structures
  • Supporting a culture that enables safeguarding issues and promotion of children’s welfare to be addressed, and ensuring that accurate records with regard to actions and decisions are made
  • Ensuring staff receive adequate training to identify and protect people from abuse

The Trust works hard to ensure that all patients, children and adults are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment. Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults The Trust works hard to ensure that all patients are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment. To achieve this for adults, we are working in partnership with other agencies in line with the No Secrets Guidance (Department of Health 2000) to ensure:

  • Processes are in place to prevent harm
  • Processes are in place for effectively responding where there is a high risk of harm or harm may have been experienced
  • Processes are in place to learn from events

We aim to fulfill our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults by:

  • Ensuring there is Senior Management commitment
  • Having clear lines of accountability and structures
  • Supporting a culture that enables safeguarding issues to be identified and addressed and ensuring that accurate records with regard to actions and decisions are made
  • Ensuring staff receive adequate training to identify and protect people from abuse