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Safeguarding Children and Adults

Leeds Community Healthcare Trust are committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe within its premises and whilst in receipt of our services.

We recognise the responsibility of the trust and our staff, to safeguard and promote the welfare and safety of service users.

The trust follows multi-agency procedures for recognising and responding to suspected abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We work together with partner organisations (Leeds Children's social work services, Leeds Adult Social Care, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) to investigate concerns and to support the person who may have been abused, to safeguard the person and take appropriate action to prevent the abuse from reoccurring.

The safeguarding children, adults and children looked after team provides a wide range of services.

The safeguarding children team is part of the rapid response team for Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood (SUDIC) - Please see SUDIC page for further information.

The safeguarding children and adult team make recommendations on aspects of safeguarding in order to meet the organisations responsibilities to meet with local and national guidance in relation to safeguarding.

The team undertake enquiries into any allegations or abuse or neglect and disseminate learning points to improve services.

The team work with partner agencies to provide research based, up to date expert advice, support, supervision and training for all staff relating to safeguarding and the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The Children Looked after (CLA) health team see children and young people ‘looked after’ by Leeds in residential, foster, family network or secure care settings and those leaving care. This includes children in ‘out of area placements’ where the level or care and security cannot be provided locally. The CLA team work with carers and other professionals involved in the care of these children.

The Safeguarding Children and Adults team also facilitate PREVENT training and support for staff. PREVENT is part of the Government's CONTEST anti-terrorism strategy. Healthcare staff are well placed to recognise individuals, whether patients or staff, both adults and children, who may be vulnerable and therefore more susceptible to radicalisation by extremists or terrorists. It is fundamental to our ‘duty of care’ and falls within our safeguarding responsibilities and as such every member of staff has a role to play in protecting and supporting vulnerable individuals who pass through our care.

There is no expectation that staff will take on a surveillance or enforcement role as a result of PREVENT. Rather, staff must work with partner organisations to contribute to the prevention of terrorism by safeguarding and protecting vulnerable individuals and making safety a shared endeavour. 

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

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The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.