Airedale NHS Trust takes its responsibility for safeguarding children extremely seriously and works diligently to ensure it complies with the requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

All Trust staff who work with or have regular contact with children, for example cleaning and catering staff as well as doctors and nurses, are checked, in line with statutory requirements, in accordance with Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Safeguarding Children policies and procedures used by the Trust are monitored and evaluated regularly to ensure they are up to date and robust. This includes systems for following up children who miss outpatient appointments and procedures to enable staff to flag up any concerns about children who attend Accident and Emergency (A&E).

The Trust has a clear training strategy in place which ensures that all staff receive the appropriate level of safeguarding training for their role.  The training provided and policies in place ensure that children who may be at risk can be recognised and that staff know the appropriate actions to take once an issue has been identified.

The Director of Nursing is the Board Level Executive Director lead with responsibility for children and safeguarding matters.  The Director of Nursing is responsible for ensuring the auditing of safeguarding arrangements and provides a report to the Board of Directors to review these on an annual basis.

The Trust has a Named Doctor and a Named Nurse who together provide advice, support, training, guidance and supervision regarding the protection and safeguarding of children.

The Trust believes that safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility.