Safeguarding

Safeguarding

P_SG_04 Safeguarding Children Supervision

Lincolnshire Community Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is committed to promoting the welfare of children and young people and protecting them from harm in all localities, where services are provided and ensure they receive safe, effective care in accordance with Care Quality Commission (CQC) Regulations; Outcome 7. Safeguarding children supervision offers a formal process of professional support and learning for practitioners working with children, young people and their parents/ carers. Safeguarding children supervision is about the "how" of safeguarding/ child protection practice; it provides a framework for examining and reflecting on a case from different perspectives. It also facilitates the analysis of the risk and protective (resilience) factors involved (see appendix 1); discussing cases of actual or suspected child abuse and discussing cases at varying levels of concern from the high risk, to the cases with very early potential indicators in order to ensure safe practice (HMG 2013). Safeguarding children supervision should help to ensure that practice is soundly based and consistent with LCHS Safeguarding Children Policy, which is underpinned by Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Procedures and Protocols www.lincolnshirescbproceduresonline.org.uk The aim of this framework is that it will support a variety of models of clinical supervision that can be developed in accordance with local circumstances and staff development needs. This policy should be read in conjunction with the following policies and documents: Safeguarding Children Policy Clinical Supervision Policy Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy Appraisal Policy Multi-Professional Preceptorship Policy Clinical/Professional Supervision Toolkit

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P_SG_02 Safeguarding Adults

All persons have the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse. This right is underlined by the duty on public agencies under the Human Rights Act 1998 to intervene proportionately to protect the right of citizens. These rights include Article 2: the right to family life; Article 3: Freedom from torture, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment; Article 5: Right to liberty and security and Article 8: right to a family life. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has a legal/statutory obligation to ensure that members of the public that utilise the services of LCHS are safe from harm and abuse. LCHS is committed to working in partnership with the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board to protect adults at risk from abuse and have in place systems and processes to support the Lincolnshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy. (LCC 2013) All staff should have online access to Lincolnshire Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. We all need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and seeking to prevent the circumstances which can easily lead to abusive situations and put adults at risk of harm. When abuse does take place, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways which are proportionate to the issues and where the adult in need of protection stays as much in control of the decision making as possible. The right of the individual to be involved and heard throughout this process is a critical element in the drive towards more personalised care and support. All staff, in whatever setting, have a key role in preventing harm or abuse occurring and taking action where concerns arise.

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P_SG_01 Chaperone Policy

This policy sets out guidance for the use of chaperones and the procedures that should be in place for consultations, examinations and investigations.

Chaperoning in the clinical environment is an essential role within Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and this policy has been developed to ensure that all chaperoning undertaken by staff conforms to current legislation and other LCHS associated policies.

 

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P_SG_05 Allegations of Abuse

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is committed to working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults and Children's Boards to protect adults and children from abuse and have in place systems and processes to support the Lincolnshire Multi-Agency policies and procedures that determine:

"All those working in the field of health have a commitment to protect children and adults, and their participation in inter-agency support to social service departments is essential if the interests of children are to be safeguarded" (Children Act 1989) and to ensure the safety, wellbeing and protection of adults in its care."

Health staff should act at all times in such a manner as to safeguard and promote the interests of individual patients and clients.

Where the safety of a child(ren) or adult(s) may be compromised by a health worker, the needs and protection of the child(ren) or adult(s) must be the paramount consideration.

LCHST Safeguarding Children and Adults policies provide advice to employees on how to respond to concerns of abuse and acknowledges that allegations of abuse is a highly emotive subject and invokes strong feelings.

LCHST supports the reporting of concerns in all cases including under its Whistleblowing Policy, which in line with Department of Health Guidelines reminds employees that they may report allegations of criminal activity directly to the police.

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P_SG_03 Safeguarding Children

"All those working in the field of health have a commitment to protect children, and their participation in inter-agency support to social service departments is essential if the interests of children are to be safeguarded" (Children Act 1989).

This policy is complementary to the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) multiagency policy and procedures and is specific to health practitioners within Lincolnshire Community Health Services.

Statement

Lincolnshire Community Health Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to protect them from harm, in accordance with its duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004.

The Organisation has a commitment to deliver services to children in a non discriminatory way. Children should be safeguarded, protected and valued, regardless of their:

  • Race, religion, first language or ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Age
  • Health or disability
  • Political or immigration status

It is the aim of the policy to support:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 1999, 2006, 2010) The five outcomes of Every Child Matters (HMSO, 2003)
  • The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services (DOH 2004)
  • The Framework for Assessment (DOH2000)
  • What to do if your worried a child is being abused (HM Government, 2006) NICE Guidance CG89 (2009)
  • Munro Review of Child Protection(2011)

To also raise the awareness that safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility.

To assist those working with children, young people and their families to be aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse and follow the procedures.To raise the awareness of practitioner's responsibility of making a referral to Local Authority children's social care.

 

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