BDUC acknowledges that anyone who comes into contact with children and young people has a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare and should know what to do if they have any concerns.
BDUC has a clear, concise and comprehensive Safeguarding Children Policy which has been approved by your local children’s safeguarding leads. The underlying principle is to enable BDUC staff, following their statutory duty, to carry out their duty in relation to suspected child abuse or neglect and to acknowledge that the overriding principle behind this is that the child’s safety and welfare are paramount.
BDUC will protect children by following national child protection guidance within their own activities and in their dealings with other organisations, and has thus made arrangements to safeguard children under Section 11 Children Act 2004. BDUC has identified the Organisational Medical Director as the nominated safeguarding doctor.
The policy and procedure are underpinned by key pieces of legislation and statutory guidance and do not replace the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) guidance which should be consulted as a reference and advisory resource when appropriate. This information is available on clinical commissioning group and Local Authority websites.
BDUC will work with partner organisations to protect children and participate in reviews established in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2013). BDUC will therefore co-operate in the management of the LSCB and will consequently share responsibility for the effective discharge of its functions.
BDUC has agreed systems, standards and protocols regarding sharing information regarding a child and their family to partner organisations with reference to ‘Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’, by applying the guidance provided by HMG in ‘Information sharing, guidance for practitioners and managers’ (2008), and in the publication ‘Further guidance on legal issues’ (2008).
The Chief Executives of the commissioning groups have responsibility and overall accountability for ensuring that any contribution to the safeguarding and promoting of children’s welfare is discharged effectively through health service providers.
BDUC will ensure that all staff fulfil their mandatory training requirements regarding safeguarding.
Dr Michael Harrison
Organisational Medical Director and nominated Safeguarding Officer