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.

Safeguarding 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

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

At the Trust, all our staff and volunteers are trained to recognise abuse and respond accordingly, and we work in partnership with other agencies to support people at risk. The Trust’s adult safeguarding policy and processes are based on the Safeguarding Adults Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures for West and North Yorkshire.

Contact our safeguarding teams:

Safeguarding adults: 01535 292114

Safeguarding children: 01535 292389

If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact one of the following areas:

North Yorkshire 01609 780780

Bradford 01274 431077

East Lancashire 0300 1236721

NHS Safeguarding App for healthcare professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding requirements.

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