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The Safeguarding Team

Head of Safeguarding: Deborah Narburgh

Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children: Sam Dixon 

Named Midwife Safeguarding: Kate Birch

Named Nurse for Safeguarding Adults: Breda Coffey 

Associate Nurse for Safeguarding Adults: Rebecca Bourne / Ellie Birks

Safeguarding Support Officer: Michelle Prestage

Safeguarding Administrator:  Gill Frankling 

Team Contact Number: 01905 733871 Ext 33735 (Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30)

Team Email Address: wah-tr.SafeguardingWorcsacute@nhs.net

Named Doctor for the Trust:  Prakash Kalambettu

The Safeguarding Team aims to ensure that all children, young people and vulnerable adults are effectively protected when using services provided by     WAHT and that processes are robust for the early detection and referral processes.  Working Together (2015) and The Care Act (2014) highlights that staff working within the Trust:

• Understand risk factors and recognise children, young people and adults in need of support and/or safeguarding

• Recognise the needs of parents who may need extra help in bringing up their children and know where to refer for help

• Recognise the risks of abuse or neglect to an unborn child

• Communicate effectively with children and young people and stay focused on the child’s safety and welfare

• Liaise closely with other agencies including other health professionals and share information as appropriate

The Safeguarding Team:

• Provide advice, support and guidance to members of staff regarding   safeguarding matters

• Ensures relevant policies and procedures are in place to support all staff

• Provide and facilitate supervision processes to staff to support areas of challenging work ensuring the focus of work remains on  the safety and wellbeing of the child, young person and adult

• Provide training and education for all staff to support them with their safeguarding work

• Support staff in the production of statements to court or attendance at court for matters relating to safeguarding children and safeguarding adults

• Undertake a programme of audit to provide assurance

• Work closely with key stakeholders and other agencies to safeguard children

The Trust’s Declaration on Safeguarding

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) defines safeguarding as:

Protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. [1]

The Trust agrees with the CQC’s assertion that safeguarding is fundamental to high-quality health and social care.  Our safeguarding policies strive to protect and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults.  Robust and effective practice is reliant upon a workforce which is knowledgeable, confident and equipped with the skills to deal with the fundamental process and procedures when concerns arise relating to patient safety. The Safeguarding Team has developed sound safeguarding systems, processes and practice for children, young people and adults, which is implemented across the Trust and has set key objectives to deliver a safe environment in which statutory functions and CQC requirements are met.  Provision of expert advice, support and guidance in relation to safeguarding matters is available Trust-wide in addition to safeguarding training which is tailored to individual roles and responsibilities, facilitating a workforce which is aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and obligations. Furthermore, both Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board and Worcestershire Safeguarding Adult Board have set safeguarding standards to which we adhere.

[1] http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/safeguarding-people


Page last updated: 09 October 2020