We can confirm that Devon Partnership NHS Trust is compliant with the statutory requirement to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to employment for all staff (including volunteers) who have patient contact. Dependent on role, staff will have a standard or enhanced level of assessment.
All the Trust’s safeguarding children (including child protection) and safeguarding adults policies and systems are robust and are reviewed every two years or more frequently, if required, to comply with any new national guidance or legislation.
The Trust has a system in place for flagging children for whom there are safeguarding concerns.
The Trust has a robust training strategy in place with regard to delivering safeguarding training (both safeguarding children and safeguarding adults). Staff receive level 1, 2 or 3 dependent on their role, and we aim to ensure 90% of the relevant staff have received training. The levels are as follows:
- Level 1: All permanent hospital staff are required to complete level 1 training: Knowing what to look for which may indicate possible harm and knowing who to contact and seek advice from if they have concerns.
- Level 2: All clinical staff that have any patient contact are required to complete level 2 training: Knowledge and understanding to identify any signs of child abuse or neglect. Recognising potential impact of a parent's / carer's physical and mental health on the wellbeing of a child (level 1 competencies included).
- Level 3: Safeguarding Children: All registered qualified clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are child protection concerns are required to complete level 3 (level 1 and 2 competencies included).
- Level 3: Safeguarding Adults: All registered qualified clinical staff working with adults who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening or leading a safeguarding adults enquiry are required to complete level 3 Safeguarding Adults training.
The Trust reports training compliance on all levels of training. All records of attendance is entered onto and monitored via the Trust Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Attendance is monitored and reported via the Trust's Safeguarding Committee.
The Trust has named individuals with clear roles and responsibilities for safeguarding children and adults. They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, to undertake their roles, which includes close contact with other social and health care organisations. The total number of professionals is as follows:
Named Dr Safeguarding Children
2 PAs (role currently vacant)
Managing Partner Safeguarding & Public Protection
Clinical Specialists; Safeguarding
Safeguarding & Legal Officer
The Executive Director of Nursing and Professions is the Executive Director for safeguarding and chairs the Devon Partnership NHS Trust Safeguarding Committee which reports to the Board on safeguarding issues. The membership of the Trust Safeguarding Committee includes a Non-Executive Director.
The Trust Board takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives an annual report on safeguarding.