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Safeguarding

We have a professional and legal responsibility to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, and we take this very seriously.

We work with our partner agencies in Derbyshire and Derby City to ensure that wherever we find concerns, these are acted on.

We have standards and procedures in place to protect:

  • Vulnerable Adults

  • Children

  • People subject to domestic violence.

 

If you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or adult please ring:

  • Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust Safeguarding Children Unit (Mon-Fri 9-5) 01332-623700 ext: 31537 Outside these hours rin 01332-623700 and ask for the on-call paediatrician

  • Derbyshire Police ring 999 if urgent, or 0345 123 3333 if non-urgent

  • Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190

  • Derby City Children's Social Care on 01332 641172 or 01332 786968 out of hours

  • Derby Adults Health and Housing on 01332 717777 or 01332 786968 out of hours
  • NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

 

If you are a child, you can also ring ChildLine free on 0800 1111  

Safeguarding children
Safeguarding children

This section is being updated and will include:

  • common assessment framework

  • early intervention

  • children in need s.17

  • children needing protection s.47

  • looked after children

  • consider how to make a referral

  • what is significant harm

  • training and supervision

 

There are systems in place to protect children from abuse or neglect and ensure they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. The Trust is signed up to the Derbyshire and Derby City Safeguarding Children's Board Policies and Procedures, which aim to ensure that children are kept safe.

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board

Derby Safeguarding Children Board

Working together to safeguard children guidance 2013

The ‘Think Family’ approach is a way of working together with different agencies and professionals to better safeguard vulnerable adults, children and families. The Think Family principles are:

  • No wrong door - contact with any service offers an open door into a system of joined-up support (e.g. an adult mental health worker notices on her weekly visits that the young daughter of the family is at home during the day and carry out caring tasks inappropriate for her age, she uses this as an opportunity to review the care plan with the service user, thinking about parenting needs alongside the needs of the child. She decides to talk to the school nurse about whether a CAF is needed.)

  • Look at the whole family - services working with both adults and children take into account family circumstances and responsibilities (e.g. an alcohol treatment service combines treatment with parenting classes while supervised childcare is provided for the children)

  • Provide support tailored to need - tailored & family-centred packages of support are offered to all families at risk (e.g. a Family Intervention Project works with a family to agree a package of support best suited to their situation)

  • Build on family strengths - practitioners work in partnerships with families recognising & promoting resilience and helping then to build their capabilities (e.g. family group conferencing is used to empower a family to negotiate their own solution to a problem)  

Vulnerable adults

All adults should be able to live free from fear and harm and have their rights and choices respected. 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. Abuse can happen anywhere and can include: physical; sexual; emotional or psychological; neglect; financial; or discrimination. 

A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 years or over, who:

  • is or appears to be eligible for Local Authority/Mental Health Services' assistance by reason of mental ill health, physical or learning disability, illness or age related frailty

  • may be unable to take care of him/herself or unable to protect him/herself against significant harm or exploitation.

 

Safeguarding Adults means working in partnership with a 'person centred' focus to actively promote the empowerment and wellbeing of the vulnerable person by supporting their human rights to make decisions for themselves, reducing all risks of harm, taking action when legal necessary and proportional to the circumstances (that can be defended in the courts).

'What is Safeguarding?' for people with a learning disability

Staff Safeguarding referrals for Derby City:

With effect from Monday 31st March 2014, any safeguarding adult referrals concerning Derby City service users or concerning abuse or neglect that takes place or is reported in Derby City, needs to be sent securely to the following email address:SMGReceptionTeam@derby.gov.uk.cjsm.net. If you do not have access to a secure email account, please fax the referral to 01332 643299. 

These referrals will then be passed onto Social Care staff working at St James House, Derby who will lead and manage the Safeguarding Investigation. This is a change from current processes, whereby Derbyshire Healthcare staff led and managed the safeguarding investigation. 

It is important to note however that Derbyshire Healthcare staff will still contribute fully to the safeguarding process; this may include completing Safeguarding Investigation reports, attending Strategy Meetings and Case Conferences and ensuring that actions arising are implemented in agreed time scales.  

Additionally, the Derby City Safeguarding team may be contacted for advice by calling 01332 642961.

VARM

VARM is a multi-agency risk management process to enable professionals to come together to develop creative and assertive plans to support Adults at Risk who have mental capacity and who are at risk of serious harm or death through self-neglect, risk taking behaviour or by refusing previous offers of support from services. For more information see: Derby Safeguarding Adults Board

Preventing Domestic Violence
Preventing Domestic Violence

Some adults will be unable to protect themselves, some of those adults will be parents of young children, meaning that there will be Safeguarding needs for both the adult and children in these circumstances. Adults with mental health problems are more likely to experience domestic violence. The Trust has a Safeguarding Advisory Service to support practitioners.

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) are meetings where information about high risk domestic abuse victims (those at risk of murder or serious harm) is shared between local agencies. By bringing all agencies together at a MARAC, a risk focused, coordinated safety plan can be drawn up to support the victim.

A new leaflet is available for staff to explain about MARAC

Men’s Advice Line for men experiencing domestic violence on 0808 801 0327

Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. It supports a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK. Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247 

Karma Nirvana: A registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse - Helpline 0800 5999 247 

Think Family
Think Family

The ‘Think Family’ approach is a way of working together with different agencies and professionals to better safeguard vulnerable adults, children and families. The Think Family principles are:

  • No wrong door - contact with any service offers an open door into a system of joined-up support (e.g. an adult mental health worker notices on her weekly visits that the young daughter of the family is at home during the day and carry out caring tasks inappropriate for her age, she uses this as an opportunity to review the care plan with the service user, thinking about parenting needs alongside the needs of the child. She decides to talk to the school nurse about whether a CAF is needed.)

  • Look at the whole family - services working with both adults and children take into account family circumstances and responsibilities (e.g. an alcohol treatment service combines treatment with parenting classes while supervised childcare is provided for the children)

  • Provide support tailored to need - tailored & family-centred packages of support are offered to all families at risk (e.g. a Family Intervention Project works with a family to agree a package of support best suited to their situation)

  • Build on family strengths - practitioners work in partnerships with families recognising & promoting resilience and helping then to build their capabilities (e.g. family group conferencing is used to empower a family to negotiate their own solution to a problem)  

 

‘Think Child, Think Parent, Think Family’ at a glance summary May 2001 

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding adults who use services from abuse. People who use our services should expect to be protected from abuse, the risk of abuse and for their human rights to be respected and upheld. 

The Trust is supporting a campaign to promote a greater understanding of our responsibilities in relation to Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity & Best Interest Decisions. 

The attached resources have been developed to guide staff in practice areas and can be used as a resource in your decision making. 

Please remember that e-learning is also available for both DoLS and Mental Capacity and the Safeguarding Team is available to provide guidance and information.

Assessing Capacity Mini Booklet

Various training courses are available, depending on your role. See the learning and development brochure and your training passport for information

An e-learning is also available from SCIE on Supporting clients who experience abuse

If you require any information about our policies please contact:

Freedom of Information
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
Derby DE22 3LZ
or email:
foienquiries@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Safeguarding vulnerable adults

  • Derby City Referral Form

  • Derby Protection of Vulnerable adults leaflet

  • Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults referral form

  • Derbyshire Briefing card

  • Derbyshire Protection of Vulnerable Adults leaflet and easy read leaflet

 

Domestic abuse

 

Safeguarding Children

Care Quality Commission Essential Standards of Quality and Safety - Outcome 7 Safeguarding  people who use services from abuse

Arrangements to secure children’s and adult safeguarding in the future NHS.  The new accountability and assurance framework – interim advice

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board

Derby Safeguarding Children Board

Safer Derbyshire is the website for community safety partnerships for adults

Derby City Safeguarding Adults 

Derby Safeguarding Adults Board

Derbyshire Safeguarding Vulnerable adults

Derbyshire Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service

'What is Safeguarding?' for people with a learning disability can be downloaded from Change

NSPCC

Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Network

Child Sexual Exploitation - advice and help

When to suspect child maltreatment: a NICE quick reference guide 

Looked after children and young people: NICE guidance

The Common Assessment Framework for Children (CAF): Derby and Derbyshire

‘Think Child, Think Parent, Think Family’ at a glance summary May 2001 

Karma Nirvana: A registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse - Helpline 0800 5999 247 

Safeguarding Adults Professional Guidance:

Derbyshire Constabulary: Domestic Violence

Men’s Advice Line for men experiencing domestic violence on Helpline 0808 801 0327

Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. It supports a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK. Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247  

An e-learning is available from SCIE on Supporting clients who experience abuse

Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) provides practical help to support professionals and organisations working with domestic abuse victims. The aim is to protect the highest risk victims and their children - those at risk of murder or serious harm.

Find out about Female Genital Mutilation in this video from NHS Choices

Find Rape and sexual assault referral centres and services near you at NHS Choices

This is abuse - relationship abuse from DirectGov

Please Remember Ben: Episodes in the lives of Mental Health Carers

Suicides in the United Kingdom