Safeguarding

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Vulnerable adults, children and young people

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people.  All of our staff have a duty to uphold the values of our Trust - safeguarding is everyone’s business. 

As a Trust we work in partnership with Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Essex and Redbridge Local Safeguarding Boards for Adults and Children and our safeguarding policies are based upon those produced and managed by these Boards.

Safeguarding children and young people

It might be difficult to accept, but every child and young person can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care (view Working Together to Safeguard Children on the governement's website).

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the health and welfare of all children and young people.  We have a dedicated Safeguarding Children’s Team, led by a Safeguarding Lead who is also the Named Nurse, Safeguarding Children, a Named Midwife, a Paediatric Liaison Nurse and a Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children working across the organisation. 

Child Protection

Child protection is a subset of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children and young people who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.  We have a legal duty to protect children (view Children Act 1989 on legislation.gov.uk). 

Our Trust is responsible for implementing policies, procedures and guidance based on the underpinning legislation and Governance Guidance.

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Safeguarding Adults at Risk

Safeguarding Adults at Risk can include any work or activity which aims to support vulnerable adults to retain independence, well-being and choice and to be able to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect.

It is about both preventing abuse and neglect and promoting good practice when responding to specific concerns.

Where abuse is suspected or alleged, then Safeguarding Adults Procedures can be used by organisations and services to make sure that a consistent and comprehensive response is provided.

Who is an Adult at Risk and what is Adult Abuse?

Some adults are less able to protect themselves than others, and some have difficulty making their wishes and feelings known. This may make them vulnerable to abuse; within our  Protecting adults at risk - safeguarding adults policy [pdf] 254KB an adult at risk is defined as someone 18 years of age or over who is/or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and; is/or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

Abuse is defined as: ‘a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons’.

Abuse may be physical or sexual, it may involve people taking money without permission, or not looking after someone properly.  It may include poor care practices, bullying or humiliating, or not allowing contact with friends and family. 

Abuse can be a single act or may continue over a long period.  It can be unintentional or deliberate, but will result in harm to the victim, either physically, emotionally, financially or in its effect on the person’s wellbeing or development. 

Every adult has the right to a life free of fear, be treated with dignity, and have their choices respected and not to be forced to do anything against their will. 

The definitions used above come from the Department of Health’s guidance document No Secrets.

If you have concerns for a child, young person or vulnerable adult

As a member of the public, if you are worried that a child, young person or vulnerable adult is being abused, then you should contact the Safeguarding Team on 01708 435000 ext 2892 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). 

You can also email adultprotection@bhrhospitals.nhs.uk or childprotection@bhrhospitals.nhs.uk but please note that this account is only monitored during office hours. 

If it is an emergency and you feel someone is in immediate danger, please contact the Emergency Services by dialling 999. If you feel your concerns are of a criminal nature, you can contact the Police by dialling 101.

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