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Safeguarding declaration

This safeguarding declaration sets out the current position as at January 2021.
NHS Kernow is fully committed to:

  • our responsibility for protecting and safeguarding children, young people and adults
  • ensuring structures and governance arrangements for safeguarding children, young people and adults are robust
  • commission organisations which provide services which have safeguarding systems in place which reflect Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, The Care Act encompassing; clear, accessible policies and procedures, safer recruitment, training and governance systems

We work in partnership with, and an executive member of, Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board and sub-groups of the board.

The designated professionals for safeguarding children chair the local safeguarding children health forum. The health forum has representation from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly health providers within the NHS and the private sector.

The designated professionals within safeguarding work closely with partner agencies to implement joint developments to improve outcomes for children, young people and adults.

Annual reports for safeguarding children, young people, looked after children and adults are submitted to the NHS Kernow quality and performance group. The designated professionals for these groups provide supervision to named safeguarding professionals within health providers.

A designated doctor safeguarding (under recruitment) and designated nurse for child safeguarding, designated nurse for looked after children, named doctor for general practice and a named doctor for child death overview are in post.

NHS Kernow has safer recruitment arrangements in place including disclosure and barring checks for eligible staff and enhanced checks where appropriate.

NHS Kernow has up to date safeguarding policies, protocols and systems in place. The designated professionals for safeguarding children, young people and adults work in partnership with the local authority designated officer (LADO), or the person in position of trust (PiPoT) lead for adults, supporting the investigation process when allegations are raised against a professional in a position of trust.

Designated professionals provide advice and support to health staff, NHS Kernow and the Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Action plans from local child safeguarding practice reviews (formally serious incidents serious case reviews) and serious incidents are monitored by the individual providers, safeguarding children health forum and the learning group of the Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

There is a process of assurance using the safeguarding assurance tool to evidence that learning, policies and procedures are imbedded into practice. It is mandatory for all new staff to attend safeguarding training in their induction. There are systems in place for sharing learning and updating colleagues re safeguarding including circulation of a regular safeguarding briefing and quarterly multi-agency newsletter which provide updates on relevant safeguarding children and young people issues.

Who to contact if you have concerns about an adult

If you are concerned about an adult you can find advice and information on the websites below:

Call the access team on 0300 1234 131, selection option 3 or email the adult safeguarding concerns team. You can also call the adult safeguarding triage team on 01872 326433.

Who to contact if you have concerns about a child

If you live in Cornwall, call the multi-agency referral unit on 0300 123 1116. Out of hours call 01208 251300.

If you live on the Isles of Scilly, call the children’s social care team on 01720 424483. Out of hours call 01720 422699. You can also contact the police on their non-emergency number, call 101.

Referrals

Make a referral.

Email the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust’s childrens team for out of county looked after children health assessments.

Who to contact if you have concerns about a professional or volunteer

If you have concerns about a professional or volunteer working with a child, call the local authority designated officer for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on 01872 326536.

If you have concerns about a professional or volunteer working with an adult at risk, contact the person in position of trust designated officer:

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