Our staff are trained and committed to safeguarding adults and children as part of their professional practice. We have a responsibility to recognise and respond to adults or children that are in need of protection from significant harm and abuse.
We work as part of a multi-agency team to safeguard people who are at risk and meet our legal obligations as set in legislation such as the Care Act 2014.
Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by an act, or a failure to act, on the part of another person or persons. The categories of abuse are;
Safeguarding Adults Team
Safeguarding Lead Nurse & Named Nurse for Adults
Safeguarding Adults Named Doctor
Dr Neil Pollard
Specialist Nurse for Mental Health & Wellbeing, and Mental Capacity Lead
Acute Liaison Team for Learning Disabilities and/or Autism
Child protection is everybody’s business and all health professionals have a vital role to play in actively promoting the health and wellbeing of children. The safeguarding children’s team is here to support, encourage and empower health staff to safeguard children.
RCHT subscribes to the South West Child Protection Procedures and is a core member of the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.
Named Nurse for Child Protection
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Named Doctor for Child Protection
Named Midwife for Child Protection
Bernie Dolan / Suzie Williams
Medical Advice Community Paediatrics or Duty Doctor for Child Protection
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4pm
The Community Paediatrician for Safeguarding will be able to provide advice during office hours on 01872 254552. The on-call paediatric registrar will be able to provide advice out of hours. If necessary, discuss with the Named Nurse or Named Doctor (contact via switchboard).
To refer to social care
Contact the Children, Schools and Families (Children Social Care) Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 1231 116, Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.30pm
Out of hours, on weekends and Bank Holidays call 01208 251300 and ask for the duty social worker for children’s services.