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Safeguarding children - trust declaration
Following the high profile Baby P case, the Care Quality Commission
conducted a review of arrangements in the NHS for safeguarding children.
Its report recommends that all NHS Trusts review their services against
the key findings of the report and assure themselves that best practice
and statutory requirements are followed, and any action taken
as necessary. The principal checks include the following:
1. The organisation meets statutory requirements in relation
to Criminal Records Bureau checks.
2. Child protection policies and systems are up to date and robust,
including a process for following up children who miss outpatients
appointments and a system for flagging children for whom there are
3. All eligible staff have undertaken and are up to date with
safeguarding training at level 1. In addition, a review of other
training arrangements should be completed within 6 months,
taking account of emerging messages from the national review
of safeguarding training.
4. Designated and / or named professionals are clear about
their role and have sufficient time and support to undertake it.
5. There is a Board level Executive Director lead for safeguarding;
the Board reviews safeguarding across the organisation at least once a year
and has robust audit programmes to assure it that safeguarding systems
and processes are working.
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has now conducted a review and,
following the meeting of the Board of Directors on 3rd September 2009,
is satisfied that these arrangements are in place and that any actions
required are being implemented.
Executive Director lead for safeguarding
Executive Director Judith Morris is the lead for safeguarding on
the Board of Directors.