The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust meets statutory requirements in relation to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. All new recruits are assessed to determine whether a CRB check is indicated and those who will be working with children undergo an enhanced level of assessment.
All the Trust's safeguarding children policies and systems are up to date and robust ,and are reviewed on a regular basis.
The Trust has a process in place for following up children who miss patient appointments within any specialty to ensure their care and, ultimately, their health is not affected in any way. In addition the Trust has a system in place for flagging children where there are safeguarding concerns.
The Trust achieved the training required for levels 1, 2 and 3 for 2011 in line with the Intercollegiate Competency Document (2010). The figures below show training for the end of year as at April 2012.
- Level 1 – 90% of staff eligible for level 1 training have been trained
- Level 2 – 90% of staff eligible for level 2 training have been trained
- Level 3 – 89% of staff eligible for level 3 training have been trained
Resources have been put in place to ensure training can be provided appropriately. All levels of training now need to be renewed every three years.
(This section updated 9 July 2012)
The Trust has named professionals and a recently appointed safeguarding nurse advisor who together, lead on issues in relation to safeguarding. They are clear about their roles, have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, to undertake their roles, which includes close contact with other social and healthcare organisations.
The total number of professionals in these roles is three, broken down by discipline as follows:
0.2 WTE - named nurse for safeguarding children
1.0 WTE - safeguarding children nurse advisor
1.0 PA - named doctor for safeguarding children (one programmed activity = 4 hours per week)
The Trust board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives an annual report on safeguarding children issues. This year’s annual report was presented to the board on 25 July 2012.
The Trust board has robust audit programmes to assure it that safeguarding systems and processes are working.
The designated nurse for safeguarding children at NHS Kensington and Chelsea (which became the Inner North West London PCT cluster in April 2011) is a member of the local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The designated nurse attends meetings of the Trust Safeguarding Children Steering Group. This arrangement provides linkage between the executive director lead for safeguarding children and a representative of the LSCB.
(This section updated 13 March 2013)