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29 June 2011

Update to declaration of compliance for safeguarding children

In 2009 Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts, wrote to all Foundation Trusts requiring them to publish a declaration of compliance against five minimum criteria. The Trust made an original statement of compliance in October 2009,  and the Trust Board has recently reviewed compliance with criteria 1- 5, which are detailed below, the Board remains satisfied that suitable safeguarding arrangements are in place in accordance with these specified criteria.

1. The Trust meets the statutory requirement with regard to carrying out of Criminal Record Bureau checks.
2. Child protection polices and systems are up to date and robust including a process for flagging up children who miss outpatient appointments and a system for flagging children for whom there are safeguarding concerns.
3. Named professionals are clear about their roles and have sufficient time and support to undertake them.
4. There is a Board level executive director lead for safeguarding. The Board reviews safeguarding across the organisation at least once a year and has robust audit programmes to assure it that safeguarding systems and processes are working.
5. All eligible staff have undertaken and are up to date with safeguarding training at level one. A review of all training is completed regularly, taking into account emerging national themes.

Following the most recent safeguarding training guidance, relating to for both adults and children, the Trust has implemented a robust action plan to ensure that all staff receive the necessary level of training required by their role and responsibilities. Staff awareness of their safeguarding responsibilities is a key requirement of the Care Quality Commission's outcome 7, in relation to the Safeguarding of both vulnerable children and adults.

Everyone at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, young people and unborn babies and monitors safeguarding arrangements, including training compliance data, on a quarterly basis.

Alison Moon
Chief Nurse and Director of Governance
Executive Director Lead for Safeguarding

May 2011