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Safeguarding Children and Adults is Everyone’s Responsibility

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding children and adults across the organisation. The welfare of the people who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all our staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.

We provide services across Merseyside. We continue to progress a significant programme of safeguarding training for staff to ensure that all eligible staff have received the right level of training relevant to their roles and responsibilities.

As part of the Trust’s commitment to safeguarding throughout all its services, all staff are aligned to an appropriate level of safeguarding training depending on specific roles. We have a dedicated team of safeguarding practitioners who provide support, advice and guidance and we have a suit of safeguarding policies and procedures for both Adults at risk of abuse and Children and Young People which are linked to multiple Local Authority procedures (Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley) .

Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse

All employers and employees are required to act in accordance with the Care Act 2014. Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse was given statutory footing within the Care Act (2014), which requires that health and social care professionals act on information that which gives reasonable grounds to suspect that an adult has been abused or neglected or is at risk of abuse or neglect.

Any abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights.  The 10 categories of Abuse identified within the Care Act 2014 are:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Psychological/emotional
  • Discriminatory
  • Organisational
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Modern Day Slavery/Human Trafficking
  • Financial/material
  • Neglect and Acts of Omission
  • Self-neglect

We have a dedicated group of Trust policies for the provision of safeguarding  adults at risk which have been developed with consideration of the Local Authority Safeguarding Adult policies and procedures which are in place for each borough. The following are a list of identified safeguarding adult policies in use across the Trust:

  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse Policy
  • Mental Capacity Act Policy
  • Deprivation of Liberty Policy
  • Domestic Abuse Procedures
  • Female Genital Mutilation Procedures

Safeguarding Children and Young People

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding children and young people across the organisation. The welfare of children who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.

Following the publication of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the arrangements in the NHS for safeguarding children, we have reviewed our arrangements against the priority areas highlighted by the CQC.

The Safeguarding Children and Young People policies and procedures are up-to-date and robust following a multi-agency review and are aligned to Working Together 2018. The policies are widely available to staff and are reviewed and monitored via the Exec Led Safety and Risk Meeting, a formal sub-committee of the Trust Board.

The Trust has a dedicated Named Nurse for Children’s Safeguarding who liaises closely with the designated named professionals based in the locality Clinical Commissioning groups, and we also have a Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children, whose responsibilities in this area are written into their job plan. The Safeguarding Team  oversee, monitor and support referrals and actions in line with multi-agency thresholds.

We have a dedicated Trust policy for the provision of safeguarding children and young people which is linked to the local authority policies which are in place for each borough. The following are a list of identified safeguarding children and young people policies in use across the Trust:

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
  • Female Genital Mutilation Procedures
  • Domestic Abuse Procedures

The Trust meets all statutory requirements in relation to safer recruitment including Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks and pre-employment reference checks which are managed through a robust centralised process.