Safeguarding Children Team
Aims and objectives of service
The Safeguarding Children Team aims to ensure that Community Health Teams and Primary Care Teams are equipped and supported to fulfil their statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and the unborn in all areas of service provision.
The service provides professional support, advice, training and supervision to a range of community and primary healthcare professionals.
Training is delivered according to need to the Nottingham CityCare workforce, General Practice and primary care and to named and designated safeguarding and child protection professionals. The team supervises Nottingham CityCare children’s workforce and embeds safeguarding in teams.
The Safeguarding Children Service provides full time specialist safeguarding nurse input to the Domestic Abuse Referral Team (DART), a multi-agency team that pre-assesses referrals involving domestic violence. Referrals are then directed to the most appropriate service.
The service supports domestic abuse identification and prevention, contributes to the delivery of domestic abuse training, supports the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) where required and offers support and advice regarding domestic abuse to healthcare professionals.
The Named Doctor, Named Nurse and Safeguarding Children’s Nurse Specialists provide specialist advice and support to all community staff in nursing, medical and specialist areas. They also provide advice to other agencies such as Social Care, Children’s Services and the police on health matters relating to safeguarding children.
The Safeguarding Children Team does not usually work directly with parents or children, apart from when team members attend Case Conferences for example.
The service is provided to all providers of community and primary healthcare providers in Nottingham City, including independent contractors as applicable. When required it also offers support to local secondary care providers on an on-call basis.