Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults is Everyone’s Responsibility

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS 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 for the boroughs of Dudley and Walsall, and we are key members of both boroughs’ Safeguarding Board arrangements. 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, we have a dedicated Vulnerable Adults and Children’s lead and practitioners and have safeguarding policies and procedures for both Vulnerable Adults and Children which is linked to Local Authority procedures.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

All employers and employees are required to act in accordance with the set policy in line with the Care Act and act on any information that comes to their attention which gives reasonable grounds to suspect that a vulnerable adult had been, is being or could be abused.

Any abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights.  Abuse includes physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse, material neglect and acts of omission, and institutional, discriminatory abuse and self neglect.

The Trust meets all statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks and the process of pre-employment checks is managed through a robust centralised process.

We have a dedicated Trust policy for the provision of safeguarding vulnerable adults which is linked to the local authority policies which are in place for each borough:
• Safeguarding Adults Policy
• People in a Position of Trust
• Domestic Abuse
• Female Genital Mutilation

For further enquiries about safeguarding vulnerable adults within our services please contact:
Sharon Latham, Head of Safeguarding
Tel: 01384 324592
Email: sharon.latham1@nhs.net

Safeguarding Vulnerable Children

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding children 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 Trust meets all statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks and the process of pre-employment checks is managed through a robust centralised process.

The Child Protection policies and procedures are up-to-date and robust following a multi-agency review and are aligned to Working Together 2015. The policies are widely available to staff and are reviewed and monitored via the Quality and Safety Committee, a formal sub-committee of the Trust Board.

In particular, the Safeguarding Policy has been reviewed to include the process for following-up children who miss their outpatient appointments. The Trust has a system of ‘flagging’ cases involving children about whom there are safeguarding concerns. We are in the process of reviewing all electronic information systems to ensure that the flagging process is consistently in place across all Trust services.

The Trust has a dedicated Named Nurse for Children’s Safeguarding who liaises closely with the designated named professional from NHS Walsall and NHS Dudley, and we also have a Named Doctor for Safeguarding, whose responsibilities in this area are written into their job plan. The Vulnerable Adults and Children’s Lead and practitioners oversee, monitor and support referrals and actions in line with multi-agency thresholds.

We have a dedicated Trust policy for the provision of safeguarding vulnerable children which is linked to the local authority policies which are in place for each borough:
• Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children Policy and Procedure
• Children Visiting in mental health settings
• Female Genital Mutilation
• Domestic Abuse

For further enquiries about safeguarding vulnerable children within our services please contact:
Sharon Latham, Head of Safeguarding
Tel: 01384 324592
Email: sharon.latham1@nhs.net