Safeguarding Children/Young People and Adults

Our responsibilities

Under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, The Care Act 2014 and the Mental Health Act (1983) East Cheshire NHS Trust as with all other NHS bodies has a statutory duty to ensure that it makes arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults.

These duties/responsibilities are discharged through the Chief Executive Officer and the Trust board. Safeguarding children is an integral part of the Clinical Governance framework with a clear line of accountability within the organisation as set out in the safeguarding Children Policy, the Safeguarding Adults Policy and the Integrated Safeguarding Operational Strategy


Named Professionals

The Trust has Named Professionals for Safeguarding Children and adults who have the appropriate time and support systems in place, to enable them to conduct their safeguarding duties. The roles and responsibilities of the named professionals are clearly identified within the safeguarding Children/safeguarding Adults policy and their job descriptions.


Safeguarding operational strategy

The Trust has a Safeguarding Operational Strategy which sets out the Trusts strategic approach for its safeguarding arrangements.  It sets out our core values, principles, responsibilities and commitment to safeguarding children, young people and adults, to hearing the voice of the child and making safeguarding personal


Safeguarding Policies and Processes

East Cheshire NHS Trust is assured that it has policies, processes and systems in place which ensure that its safeguarding arrangements are robust and are compliant with the standards as identified above.

The Safeguarding Children and Adults  Policy is accessible to all staff on the trust intranet There are mechanisms in place to ensure that the policies are reviewed and updated annually and are audited and reported on quarterly

Safeguarding  Policies include polices on Safeguarding Supervision, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Exploitation including Child Sexual Exploitation, Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Trust has a policy in place for the management of allegations of abuse made against a worker and any serious untoward incident against a child


Safeguarding Training

Our Training Needs Analysis clearly identifies employees’ role and responsibilities’ with regard to safeguarding children and adults and their mandatory training requirements. This policy is in line with the recommendations of safeguarding children and young people - Roles and competencies for health care staff 2019 and the safeguarding adults - Roles and competencies for health care staff 2018

Safeguarding training is reviewed on an ongoing basis and attendance is audited monthly. The trust holds documentary evidence of all safeguarding training undertaken.


Safe Recruitment

East Cheshire NHS Trust has LSCB safe recruitment and selection practices in accordance with Safe Recruitment – A Guide for NHS Employers (NHS Employers 2010) NHS Employment Check Standards (NHS Employers 2014) and should ensure that appropriate Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks are undertaken for new staff and volunteers including registered translators who have contact with children and vulnerable adults.


The Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding team Secretary - 01625 661774

Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children – Mel Barker – 01625 661770

Nurse Specialist Safeguarding Children  – Tina Bowen – 01625 661775

Nurse Specialist Safeguarding Children – Caroline Ridley – 01625 661012

Named Midwife for Safeguarding Children and Named Lead for Safeguarding Adults – Heather Millward - 01625 661347

Nurse Specialist Safeguarding Adults – Sam Riseley – 01625 663619

Nurse Specialist Safeguarding Midwife/Adults – Cheryl Glover 01625 661783

Midwife for Vulnerable Families – Megan Stansfield – 01625 663146

Perinatal Mental Health Midwife – Katrina Steele – 01625 663282

Independent Domestic Violence and Abuse Advocate - 01625 661774.


For any concerns about the welfare of a child please contact

Cheshire East Consultation Service

0300 123 5012

Out of Hours 0300 123 5022