Effective safeguarding is underpinned by two key principles:
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:
You will need to check the relevant statutory guidance and legislation for the country where you work.
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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.
The RCN's professional lead for safeguarding children and young people is Fiona Smith
This intercollegiate document has been designed to guide professionals and the teams they work with to identify the competencies they need in order to support individuals to receive personalised and culturally sensitive safeguarding. Dawne Garrett, the professional lead for safeguarding, has also written a blog to accompany the guidance.
To protect children and young people from harm, and help improve their wellbeing, all health care staff must have the competencies to recognise child maltreatment, opportunities to improve childhood wellbeing, and to take effective action as appropriate to their role. This intercollegiate document provides a clear framework which identifies the competencies required for all health care staff.