Safeguarding children and young people

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation trust is committed to achieving and maintaining good compliance with national safeguarding children standards and guidance to protect children and young people from harm and promote their welfare.

A number of safeguarding children and young people arrangements are in place including:

  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation trust meets statutory requirements with regard to the carrying out of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Where there is an urgent operational need for staff to start work before the results of a DBS check are available, this decision is approved by the chief executive or a nominated deputy, and such staff are employed to work under supervision until clearance is received.
  • The trust has a process in place for following up children and young people who miss appointments to ensure their care and health is not affected in any way. In addition, the trust has a system in place for flagging children and young people for whom there are safeguarding and/or child protection concerns.
  • In line with government legislation and guidance, policies and procedures are reviewed regularly to strengthen safeguarding children practice. Newly published national guidance is scrutinised with recommendations for practice implemented – these have included Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), What to do if you’re concerned a child is being abused (2015) and Multiagency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (2016).
  • The trust works within the London Child Protection Procedures (2016) and where the trust has satellite services: Bedfordshire Interagency Child Protection Procedures (2016), Hertfordshire Inter Agency Child Protection Procedures (2016) and Kent & Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures (2016).
  • The trust has a robust training strategy in place with regard to delivering safeguarding training to ensure that staff are trained to the appropriate level required for their role. The strategy is aligned with the competencies and levels of training and as detailed in Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competences for Health Care Staff Intercollegiate Document (2014). The trust also supports the Core Skills Training Framework (2016) and Competence Still Matters (2012).
  • The percentage compliance of training as at 31st March 2016 is as follows against a target of 80%:

    • Level 1 - 81% of staff eligible for level 1 training have been trained.
    • Level 2 - 81% of staff eligible for level 2 training have been trained.
    • Level 3 - 80% of staff eligible for level 3 training have been trained.
    • Level 4 - 100% of staff eligible for level 4 training have been trained.
  • The trust has safeguarding professionals who lead on issues in relation to child protection and the safeguarding of children and young people broken down by discipline as follows:

    • Safeguarding children lead nurse / named nurse for child protection 1.0WTE.
    • Named doctor for child protection 0.5PA (2 hours per week).
    • Director of nursing and allied health professions is the executive lead for safeguarding and chairs the safeguarding children group which reports to the board.
  • The trust board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives six monthly reports on child protection and safeguarding children issues. The last annual Safeguarding Children and Young People (0-18y) Report was received by the Board on 21st July 2016.
  • The trust is a member of Islington Safeguarding Children Board (ISCB) represented by the director of nursing and allied health professions.
  • The trust has robust audit programmes in place to assure the board that safeguarding systems and processes are working. There is also a multi-agency audit plan that is monitored via Islington Safeguarding Children Board (ISCB).

Last updated: 26th July 2016