Effective safeguarding is underpinned by two key principles:
- safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part
- professionals and organisations must work in partnership to protect children and adults in need.
two key safeguarding principles are underpinned by the RCN’s Principles of
These eight principles encourage a proactive and empowering stance that is desirable in the prevention of safeguarding issues.
As a nurse, midwife, health visitor or HCA you are responsible for safeguarding those in your care and you must respond to any safeguarding concerns.
Here are the key stages to follow:
- Identify safeguarding concerns.
- Report the concerns – for most nurses, midwives, health visitors and HCAs this will be in conjunction with partner agencies and you should use organisational and local policies.
- Participate in enquiries, debriefing and (where appropriate) in developing a protection plan.
- Reflect on the outcomes and learning.
You will need to check the relevant statutory guidance and legislation for the country where you work.
The role of the designated nurse for safeguarding children and young people in England
The Royal College of Nursing has published this position statement which clarifies the role and responsibilities of the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children. The need for clarification is essential given the significant loss of expertise nationally and the subsequent challenge to effective succession planning. The role provides safeguarding, child protection expertise and leadership throughout health and multiagency partnerships. The role is distinct and should not be combined with other designated nurse roles or functions, for example vulnerable adults.
Professional lead for safeguarding:
Safeguarding children and young people
The RCN's professional lead for safeguarding children and young people is Fiona Smith
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24 Aug 2021
Although we look forward to seeing you all again in person at one of our range of conferences the decision has been taken for 2021 to press forward planning for a fully digital offer for the RCN School Nurses Conference and Exhibition 2021.