Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of people and preventing them from being subjected to harm or abuse. We are committed to safeguarding adults and children.
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.
Safeguarding adults means working together to stop abuse and prevent it from happening in the future. Everyone has the right to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect.
Anyone could be at risk of abuse or neglect. A person may be more or less vulnerable at different times of their life. An adult at risk could be someone who has needs for care and support and as a result is unable to protect themselves from the risk of, or the experience of abuse and neglect.
There are many types of abuse, including:
Physical abuse – someone being hit, slapped, kicked or restrained inappropriately
Sexual abuse – someone being made to take part in sexual activity for which they haven’t consented (or are unable to consent)
Emotional or psychological abuse – someone being shouted at, bullied, made to feel frightened or pressurised
Financial abuse – stealing, fraud, withholding or misusing someone’s money or possessions
Neglect/acts of omission – includes not giving someone the care they need
Modern slavery – human trafficking and forced labour
Domestic abuse – abuse occurring between family members or close partners
Discriminatory abuse – poor treatment because of someone age, gender, sexuality, disability, race or religious belief
Organisational abuse – inflexible routines that suit the organisation, not the individual
Self-neglect – when someone chooses not to look after themselves and this has a significant impact on their wellbeing