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.