East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Board are
fully committed to providing the highest standards of child protection and have
undertaken a review in light of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) review.
The trust board is confident that the organisation
meets the recommendations stated within the review and makes the following
declaration as requested by the Department of Health.
- The Trust meets the statutory
requirements in relation to the Criminal Records Bureau checks. The Trust has a fully implemented Recruitment
and Selection policy in place. The
policy sets out the process for criminal records checks which the Trust
will undertake for the appointment and ongoing employment of all relevant
individuals within the Trust.
- Child protection policies and systems
are up-to-date and robust, including a process for following up children
who miss outpatient appointments and a system for flagging children for who
there are safeguarding concerns. The Trust Child Protection policies are
regularly reviewed providing information and assurance to the Board of
- The Trust provides safeguarding children
training at level 1 to all staff during their induction to the
organization and level 2 training to all patient/client facing staff who
may be in regular contact with children, young people and their
parents. In addition Level 3
training is provided to staff who work predominantly with children, young
people and parents. Regular updates
of level 2 and 3 training are provided as per our Safeguarding Children
- The Trust has named professionals who
lead on issues in relation to safeguarding. They are clear about their role, have
sufficient time and receive relevant support, supervision and training to
undertake these roles.
- There is a Board level Executive
Director for safeguarding. The Board reviews safeguarding across the
organisation at least once a year and has robust audit programmes in place
to assure it that safeguarding systems and processes are working
The Board of
Directors takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives an
annual report on safeguarding children issues.