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Safeguarding children

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All professionals working with children and young people have a duty to promote their welfare and keep them safe.

Even if you are working mainly with parents and carers, rather than directly with a child, you need to be fully aware of your safeguarding responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

For further professional advice, you may like to visit your local Safeguarding Children Board for SwindonWiltshire, or Bath & NE Somerset.

Other helpful resources for professionals include the NSPCC and ThinkUKnow websites.

Our statutory duties

The Trust has a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004 to protect children from harm as part of the wider work of safeguarding and promoting their welfare.

This means working in partnership with other agencies to:

  • Protect children from maltreatment
  • Prevent impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensure children grow up in circumstances consistent with provision of safe and effective care
  • Ensure processes are in place to learn from events

We aim to fulfill our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by:

  • Ensuring there is Senior Management commitment
  • Having clear lines of accountability and structures
  • Supporting a culture that enables safeguarding issues and promotion of children’s welfare to be addressed and ensuring that accurate records with regard to actions and decisions are made
  • Ensuring staff receive adequate training to identify and protect people from abuse

The Trust works hard to ensure that all patients, children and adults, are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment.

Last updated: 14 February, 2019

Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.