Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality community and specialist services in:
- St Helens
- Wigan Borough
- Bolton Services Children 5-19
- Oldham Services Children 0-19
- Community Dental (provides services in all of the above areas plus Bolton, Tameside, Glossop, Stockport, Trafford and Western Cheshire)
- GP practice in West Cheshire
Bridgewater understands its safeguarding responsibilities and considers them of vital importance.
The organisation meets its statutory requirements in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Scheme, the Trust policy ensures all employees and volunteers who work with children and adults at risk have had appropriate checks as outline by NHS Employers
Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults at Risk policies are up to date and robust. Policies are reviewed regularly and updated in response to national guidance and guidance from local safeguarding boards. The voice of the child / vulnerable adult is at the centre of policy and processes.
All staff have undertaken and are up to date with safeguarding training at level 1. There is a training strategy in place which provides clear expectations of level 1 training for children and adults at risk. This is delivered through e – learning. Further training is delivered at level 2 and 3 for relevant staff and in accordance with national requirements.
Compliance against safeguarding children and vulnerable adult training is reported on a monthly basis.
Named professionals are clear about their role and have sufficient time and support to undertake it; clear job descriptions are in place. Safeguarding supervision is provided by the designated nurses for children and adults safeguarding in the Clinical Commissioning Groups
There is a Board executive 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
The Board executive lead is the Chief Nurse. One of the non executive directors acts as a safeguarding champion.
The safeguarding assurance group reports quarterly to the Quality and Safety Committee, a sub group of the Board.
A safeguarding annual report is provided to the Board.
Safeguarding children and adult procedures are audited regularly including recommendations from Individual Management Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews
Previous Ofsted/CQC inspections found evidence of strong partnership working in the majority of boroughs.
The Bridgewater Board has been assured that:
- Boroughs are meeting statutory requirements for Disclosure Barring Service.
- Safeguarding policies are in place in line with Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) and Local Safeguarding Adults Boards (LSAB) safeguarding processes.
- All staff are required to undertake mandatory basic awareness training for safeguarding children and safeguarding adults. A full assessment of training requirements and a Bridgewater training strategy is in place.
- Named professionals for children and lead clinicians for adults are clear about their roles and have sufficient time and support to undertake them.
- Each borough has representation on the LSCB and LSAB and they are responsible for leading the organisation in working in partnership with other agencies to safeguarding children and adults
- The Chief Nurse is the executive lead for safeguarding children and adults
On the basis of this work, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust confirms it has considered its position in regard to safeguarding children and adults and has assurance that it is meeting requirements and is following good practice.