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Coventry MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) is coming
A MASH is being set up in Coventry which will see workers from key partners responsible for safeguarding children in Coventry co-located in one building for the first time.
It is expected to open in September 2014.
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DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE IN RESPONSE TO THE CARE QUALITY COMMISSION’S REVIEW OF ARRANGEMENTS IN THE NHS FOR SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
In July 2009 the Care Quality Commission published a report following a review of safeguarding arrangements of all NHS Trusts. The report, which looked at practices following the Baby P case, included a recommendation that all Trusts ensure that they have robust arrangements in place in relation to the areas identified below.
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust has reviewed its arrangements in relation to those areas and declared as follows.
CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU CHECKS
In accordance with the Trust’s Criminal Records Disclosure & Pre & Post Employment Checks Policy a Criminal Records Bureau check is carried out for all Trust employees prior to appointment. Any applicant who is included on the Protection of Children Act 1999 (POCA) List will not be appointed. If an applicant has a criminal record, this will be assessed in relation to the tasks required of the role and the relevance of the offence or offences. If it is found that an existing employee is included on the POCA List the employment will be terminated. The Trust recognises its responsibility to refer names to the Secretary of State for inclusion on the POCA List.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICIES AND SYSTEMS
The Trust ensures that its child protection policies and systems are up to date, robust and compliant with local and national legislation and guidance.
The Trust’s Child Protection Policy sets out guidance and systems for referring concerns to Social Services and seeking advice from the Trust’s Child Protection Team.
It incorporates advice on “Did Not Attend” and describes the system for following up children who miss 1 or more outpatient appointments.
The Trust has a manual and an electronic alert system in place for flagging up children for whom there are safeguarding concerns.
CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING
The Trust has a Safeguarding Training Strategy in place, in accordance with which all new staff receive Level 2 Safeguarding Training as part of the Trust Induction Programme. All new staff are required to undergo a training needs analysis within 8 weeks of appointment to identify the need for Level 2 or 3 Safeguarding training, with refresher training every 3 years. The Trust monitors compliance with these requirements through regular review of training data.
NAMED CHILD PROTECTION PROFESSIONALS
The job descriptions of the Trust’s Named Doctor and Named Nurse for Child Protection / Safeguarding Children are clearly defined in their roles and duties. The Trust ensures that sufficient time is allocated to these roles to allow the duties to be performed.
The role of the Named Midwife is included in the Associate Director of Nursing portfolio, with functions carried out by the supporting midwife working in the safeguarding Team.
BOARD LEVEL EXECUTIVE LEAD
The Trust’s Chief Nursing Officer has Executive responsibility for Safeguarding. The Board of Directors receives a 6 monthly safeguarding report which addresses trust-wide safeguarding issues.
The Trust has a robust audit programme in place for 2009/10 which will include:
- Monitoring of Action plans from serious case reviews.
- “ Laming audits” of the management of Child Protection concerns.
- Monitoring of action plans from additional external and internal audits.
The audits will include the systems employed in the Trust’s Emergency Department.
Chief Nursing Officer
Executive Lead for Safeguarding