Band 7 Safeguarding Children Advisor - North Middlesex Hospital

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The post holder, as part of the Safeguarding Children Team, will support the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children in meeting the requirements set out in “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (HM Government 2010).  The role of the advisor is to ensure that the key requirements of the Children’s Acts 1989 and 2004 and the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services in respect of safeguarding of children are met.

The post holder will provide child protection advice and support, child protection supervision and training to practitioners. They will also provide advice and support in relation to children in need including children with disabilities and those children identified as vulnerable in any way. The post holder will undertake audits and support the development and implementation of relevant policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding.

The post holder will provide cover for the Named Nurse for Child Protection as required.

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To support the Named Doctor and Named Nurse in delivering high quality child protection services.
  • Provide safeguarding advice and support to practitioners in all areas of the Trust where children are cared for in line with the London Child Protection Procedures (2010), Working Together (2010) guidance and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Support the development of the Safeguarding Children Training Programme and deliver relevant training.
  • Provide clinical supervision in child protection to practitioners.
  • To work with the Named Nurse for Child Protection to implement appropriate quality assurance systems including audit and monitoring of professional standards.
  • Participate in Internal Management Reviews and contribute to Serious Case Reviews unless substantially involved in a case.
  • Be involved in work, including developmental work, to ensure NMUH is compliant with legislation and government guidance in relation to children.
  • To develop effective communication links with multi-disciplinary /multi-agency practitioners which enhance the direct care of children in need of protection.
  • To work with practitioners and managers within the Trust, as directed by the Named Nurse for Child Protection, to develop high standards of practice in relation to the management of vulnerable children and their families.
  • Work to raise the profile of child protection within the Trust.

1.0       CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

1.1       Provide child protection advice and support to practitioners.

1.2       To support staff compliance with policies and procedures relating to child protection.

1.3       Ensure input with practitioners is evidence-based.

1.4       To undertake child protection audit as directed by the Named team for Child Protection and to report results appropriately to ensure effective risk management.

1.5       Support implementation of the Common Assessment Framework.

1.6       Provide consultation with practitioners before and after child protection conferences, support report writing, and to accompany staff to conferences/strategy meetings as required.

1.7       To meet regularly with the Named Nurse for Child Protection and inform the Named Nurse for Child Protection of any safeguarding issues relating to frontline practice.

1.8       To assist with the writing, implementation and auditing of standards and policies.

1.9       To provide information to case conferences for children who have accessed NMUH services, which may include attendance where necessary and report writing.

1.10  To contribute to Internal Management Reviews and Serious Case Reviews as required.

1.11  To work with multi-agency colleagues and other health providers in order to safeguard children.

 

2.0       PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

2.1       Provide motivation and support to staff with regard to improving the lives of children in need and/or in need of protection.

2.2       Contribute to the Trust’s clinical governance agenda by supporting the Named team to set, implement and evaluate best practice in child protection.

2.3       To participate in the work of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) through membership of appropriate subgroups.

2.4       To act in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct

 

3.0       EDUCATION AND TRAINING

3.1       Foster and promote a learning culture which is child-centred and focuses on developing personal and professional effectiveness which values working with other professionals, partnership with parents.

3.2       Participate in the planning, delivery and evaluation of in-house safeguarding children training programmes

3.3       To maintain appropriate and up-to-date knowledge and skills by undertaking continuing education in accordance with personal and services needs

Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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