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Safeguarding Children. Alison Wood Paediatric Directorate Manager Named Nurse for Child Protection. History of child abuse. Inquiry into death of Maria Colwell - 1973 Child abuse registers introduced - 1974 Inquiry into the death of Jasmine Beckford - 1984

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Safeguarding Children

Alison Wood

Paediatric Directorate Manager

Named Nurse for Child Protection


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History of child abuse

  • Inquiry into death of Maria Colwell - 1973

  • Child abuse registers introduced - 1974

  • Inquiry into the death of Jasmine Beckford - 1984

  • Inquiry into the death of Charlene Salt - 1986

  • Report into Child Abuse in Cleveland - 1987

  • The Children Act - 1989 (implemented 1991)

  • Working together to Safeguard Children – 1991, 1999


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Government response

  • Every child matters – 2003

  • NSF for children and young people - 2003 and 2004

  • Children Act 2004

  • Working together to safeguard children (Draft) 2005



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Local Safeguarding Children Board

Stay Safe

Safe from crime

and anti social

behaviour in and

out of school

Have security,

stability and are

cared for

Safe from bullying

and discrimination

Stay safe from maltreatment

neglect, violence and

sexual exploitation

Safe from accidental

injury and death


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Trust Board:

  • Trish Mason – Lead Executive Director for Safeguarding Children

  • Gerald Dakin – Lead Non-executive Director for Safeguarding Children


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Named professionals:

  • Dr Frank Hinde - Named doctor, PRH

  • Dr John Brice - Named doctor, RSH

  • Alison Wood - Named nurse

  • Ghislaine Williams - Named midwife


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Trust Preventative Strategy for Safeguarding Children

  • NSF for children standard (2003/4)

  • Initially developed in May 2004

  • Action plan developed December 2004

  • Strategy reviewed and updated January 2006 to include:

    • 5 outcomes

    • New legislation – e.g. formation of LSCBs

    • Trust evidence


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Safer recruitment of staff

  • Criminal Record Bureau HR policy

    • currently being updated

    • Bichard Report

  • Training for managers

  • (Clinical) supervision


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Training for staff

  • All staff receive basic awareness at Trust Induction

  • Additional training for specific departments

    Plans for the future:

  • Staff handbook

  • Hospital intranet

  • Road shows


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Monitoring

  • Performance indicator for Acute Trusts

  • Serious case reviews

  • Audit of nursing/medical documentation

  • Audit of child protection arrangements

  • CHI self assessment tool for child protection for clinical teams


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Conclusion

  • The Trust’s preventative strategy for safeguarding children provides the focus for raising awareness of children’s issues and ensures the Trust has systems and services in place which aim to promote children’s wellbeing.