Safeguarding

Safeguarding

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) defines safeguarding as:

Protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.[1]

The Trust agrees with the CQC’s assertion that safeguarding is fundamental to high-quality health and social care.  Our safeguarding policies strive to protect and promote the welfare of children, young people and young adults.  Robust and effective practice is reliant upon a workforce which is knowledgeable, confident and equipped with the skills to deal with the fundamental process and procedures when concerns arise relating to patient safety. The Safeguarding Team is committed to embedding sound safeguarding systems, processes and practice for children, young people and adults, which are implemented across the Trust and has set key objectives to deliver a safe environment in which statutory functions and CQC requirements are met.  Provision of expert advice, support and guidance in relation to safeguarding matters is available Trust-wide in addition to safeguarding training which is tailored to individual roles and responsibilities, facilitating a workforce which is aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and obligations. In addition they are developing closer working relationships with partner agencies and safeguarding boards within the county to improve understanding and delivery of the Trust’s role in joint operation of policies and statutory obligations.  (CA 1983, Sec.11 and Care Act 2014).

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.

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 in line with the Care Act 2014. The Trust ensures:

  • 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