Safeguarding Policy

 
 

Abbreviations used in this policy:

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

YM    Your Midwives   

OSCB   Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board  

DSL     Designated Safeguarding Lead

MASH   Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub

LCSS   Locality and Community Support Service

 

1. Principles

Your Midwives recognises that:

  • Midwives have a statutory responsibility to recognize, prevent, and manage signs of patient harm, abuse and neglect including poor practice. (NMC, 2016)
  • All children have a right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse.
  • Babies are particularly vulnerable members of society.
  • Working in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting children’s welfare.

2. Framework

This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Act 1989 and in line with the following:

• Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

• Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families 2000

• What to do if you are worried a Child is being Abused 2015

• Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board guidelines

3. Aims

  • To ensure that both partners are checked regularly for their suitability to work with potentially vulnerable children and adults.
  • To ensure both partners receive regular and appropriate safeguarding training.
  • To encourage a culture of awareness and proactivity with regards to safeguarding responsibilities.
  • To set out procedures which will be followed by both partners in cases of suspected abuse/neglect, or any other safeguarding concerns
  • To ensure the safety of both partners as lone workers

4. Training and DBS Checks

  • Both partners will be required to register with the DBS update service and ensure that a check can be performed at any time.
  • One partner will be designated as safeguarding lead.
  • Both partners will be required to complete up to level three safeguarding course with OSCB or equivalent every two years or as recommended by OSCB.

5. Raising Concerns

If a partner believes a person is vulnerable or at risk and needs extra support and protection concerns should be raised as soon as possible.

The partner will consult with the DSL if they have a safeguarding concern (if they are not the DSL) for guidance and support.

The partner with the concern is responsible for raising the concern with the relevant agencies unless, due to exceptional circumstances, it is agreed that the DSL will escalate the concern.

 

Safeguarding Children:

If the concern involves a child/infants safety the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures/Local Authority guidance in all cases of abuse, or suspected abuse should be followed. These can be found at http://www.oscb.org.uk/professionals/

The partner with the concern will be responsible for raising this concern with the LCSS and/or MASH, and/or the midwifery and health visiting team as appropriate.

 Detailed and accurate written records of concerns about a child will be kept even if there is no need to make an immediate referral.

All such records will be kept confidentially and securely as per our privacy policy.

All records of concern (whether or not a referral is made) will be shared with the relevant health visiting or midwifery team as soon as possible: by the next working day if a referral is made or within 3 working days if a referral is not made.

 

Safeguarding Adults:

 

There is potential conflict between the need to safeguard adults and the right to confidentiality (DoH, 2012).

In the case of safeguarding adults, in the absence of immediate danger, concerns should be raised anonymously with the LCSS, and advice sought as to whether confidentiality should be compromised for safety.

Information should be offered to the adult of concern if judged appropriate. This may include local and national domestic violence support services, social services, or the police.

Detailed and accurate written records of concerns will be kept even if there is no need to make an immediate referral.

All such records will be kept confidentially and securely in accordance with our privacy policy.

All records of concern (whether or not a referral is made) will be shared with the relevant health visiting or midwifery team as soon as possible: by the next working day if a referral is made or within 3 working days if a referral is not made.

 

6. Confidentiality

YM recognise that all matters relating to safeguarding children and adults are confidential. However, all midwives have a responsibility to share information appropriately in order to safeguard children.

YM will always undertake to share the intention to refer a child or adult to Social Care, or discuss concerns with other professionals with their parents /carers, unless to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation. If in doubt, we will consult with the LCSS/MASH.

 YM will undertake a “no name” consultations with the LCSS/MASH to discuss concerns we may have, but we understand that if they then ask for a name we will disclose those details and it will become a referral.

 

8. Protecting staff and volunteers

 Partners should only pick up or hold a baby/child with permission from parents/carers, unless there is an immediate danger.

 Due to the nature of working as a home-visiting midwives, it is not possible to avoid being alone with clients. Both partners should have access to their calendars and basic client details in order to ensure their safety.

If a partner does not feel safe they should terminate care immediately. In this case a full refund will be given and any safeguarding concerns will be escalated as per section 5.

 

9. Whistleblowing

If a staff member or volunteer has a concern or complaint about the attitude or action of another partner they should contact OSCB for advice and support.

10. Contact details

OBCG Designated Safeguarding Leads

1. Rachel Yuen 07985711180 rpmyuen@gmail.com

For immediate safeguarding concerns:

MASH: 0345 050 7666

To make a no names consultation:

Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS)

• North: 0345 2412703 • Central: 0345 2412705 • South: 0345 2412608

Monitoring and Review

This policy will be available on the YM website parents/carers to view.

This policy was adopted on......6th June 2018.................................................. The policy will be reviewed and updated at least every 2 years.

Next review date .........June 2020..................................................................

 

 References

NMC (2016) Safeguarding Toolkit. Available at: https://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/safeguarding/toolkit/safeguarding-fact-sheet.pdf. Accessed 6-6-2018

DoH (2012) Striking the Balance:Practical Guidance on the application of Caldicott Guardian Principles to Domestic Violence and MARACs (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences). Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/215064/dh_133594.pdf. Accessed 6-6-2-18

 

 

 

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