Safeguarding children declaration

This declaration sets out the current position as at July 2020.

NHS Kernow is fully committed to: 

  • Our responsibility for protecting and safeguarding children,  young people and adults
  • Ensuring structures and governance arrangements for safeguarding children, young people and adults are robust
  • Commission organisations which provide services which have safeguarding systems in place which reflect Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, The Care Act encompassing; clear, accessible policies and procedures, safer recruitment, training and governance systems

NHS Kernow works in partnership with and is an executive member of Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Safeguarding Adults Board and the sub-groups of the board 

The designated professionals for safeguarding children chair the local safeguarding children health forum. The health forum has representation from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly health providers within the NHS and the private sector.

The designated professionals within safeguarding work closely with partner agencies to implement joint developments to improve outcomes for children, young people and adults.

Annual reports for safeguarding children, young people, looked after children and adults are submitted to the NHS Kernow quality and performance group. The designated professionals for safeguarding children, young people, looked after children and adults provide supervision to named safeguarding professionals within health providers.

A designated doctor (under recruitment) and designated nurse for child safeguarding, looked after children and a named doctor for general practice and a named doctor for child death overview are in post. 

NHS Kernow has safer recruitment arrangements in place including disclosure and barring checks for eligible staff and enhanced checks where appropriate. 

NHS Kernow has up to date safeguarding policies, protocols and systems in place. The designated professionals for safeguarding children, young people and adults work in partnership with the local authority designated officer (LADO), or the person in position of trust (PiPoT) lead for adults, supporting the investigation process when allegations are raised against a professional in a position of trust. 

NHS Kernow has a safeguarding children training policy (PDF, 393KB) in place. The designated professionals provide advice and support to health staff, NHS Kernow and the Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

Action plans from local child safeguarding practice reviews (formally serious incidents serious case reviews) and serious incidents are monitored by the individual providers, safeguarding children health forum and the learning group of the Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

There is a programme of safeguarding children, young people and adult’s assurance scorecard in place which provide assurance that learning, policies and procedures are imbedded into practice. It is mandatory for all new staff to attend Safeguarding Training in their induction. Health staff receive a quarterly multi-agency newsletter which provides updates on relevant safeguarding children and young people issues. 

If you are a member of the public and or a professional and you are concerned about a child, young person or an adult you can find advice and information on the websites below:

Who to contact if you have concerns about a child

Cornwall

Isles of Scilly

You can also contact the police on their non-emergency number - call 101.

Who to contact if you have concerns about an adult

Who to contact if you have concerns about a professional or volunteer

If you have concerns about a professional or volunteer working with a child you need to contact the local authority designated officer (LADO) for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on 01872 326536.

Referrals

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