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Named Nurse/Professional Safeguarding Children & Young People

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton in Ashfield
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We have a unique and exciting opportunity for an experienced nurse leader to come and join our integrated safeguarding team.We are seeking a self-motivated and experienced Named Nurse/Professional to play a key role in developing and embedding safeguarding leadership and good professional practice across Sherwood Forest Hospitals. The post holder will provide advanced skills and competencies to influence and support the delivery of the operational and strategic priorities for safeguarding children and the Think Family agenda. They will work with a range of professionals, to lead change and influence the lives of children, young people and their families.

Main duties of the job

To undertake role as defined within statutory guidance in relation to Safeguarding Children

To promote the Think Family Safeguarding agenda Trust wide in conjunction with the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Adults

To under the guidance of the Head of Safeguarding develop and deliver the safeguarding strategy for Children and Young People across the Trust.

Provide safeguarding leadership and advice to staff employed at all levels of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Be responsible for ensuring the organisation achieves full compliance against local and national standards for safeguarding adults and children by working with staff and strategic partners.

To work with the Head of Safeguarding and other professional leads to ensure the safety, wellbeing

To provide a professional and specialist lead clinically effective and supportive trust wide service in order to ensure that all children and young people who have contact with the Trust are kept safe from harm and all staff are provided with the training and knowledge to effectively and confidently undertake safeguarding children activities.

To ensure that the Safeguarding Team deliver all key objectives and assurance in line with all statutory functions and CQC requirements for the safeguarding of children and young people

About us

Thank you for your interest in this role.

Sherwood is nationally recognised as being an excellent place to work and deliver care. We are rightly proud of the 5,500 colleagues who work here and we are the Health Service Journal's Trust of the Year in 2020.

The Care Quality Commission rated King's Mill Hospital Outstanding and Newark, and Mansfield Community Hospitals Good. Overall we are rated Outstanding for care.

For the last three years, we have been ranked as the best NHS Trust to work for in the Midlands and in 2020 we were the third best Acute/Community NHS Trust in England.

Happy colleagues deliver better care. Our teams work in a supportive, inclusive environment, which nurtures wellbeing and has opportunities for development and progression. We do not just care for our patients, we also care for you.

We would love you to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Post Holder
  • To provide demonstrable leadership to all Trust staff to ensure excellence in safeguarding throughout SFHT.
  • To advise on strategic and operational planning in consultation with Head of Safeguarding within the Trust in relation to Safeguarding Children and Young People and Vulnerable Adults
  • To provide expert advice and support on safeguarding children issues to the Trust.
  • To under the guidance of the Head of Safeguarding lead, develop and maintain the Trusts Think Family Safeguarding Training Strategy in conjunction with the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Adults in order to ensure staff receive an organised, systematic and effective knowledge of around the issues pertaining to safeguarding.
  • To ensure that Safeguarding processes are robustly placed and monitored within the Trusts clinical governance framework.
  • Deputise as requested by Head of Safeguarding, to represent SFHT at local Safeguarding Partnership and meetings
  • Represent the Trust as requested on local and external groups such as the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Childrens Partnership and LSCB sub-groups
  • To lead, develop and maintain safeguarding children clinical supervision processes for the Trust.
  • To lead, undertake and make recommendations from Serious Case Reviews undertaken within the Trust.
  • To undertake management and/or leadership roles within the safeguarding team as directed by the Head of Safeguarding,

Key Areas

Think Family
  • Provides strong leadership, inspiring and empowering others in pursuit of a shared vision to ensure a Trust wide effective engagement with the Safeguarding Children agenda.
  • Provides specialist advice and support on safeguarding children to managers, practitioners and staff working within the Trust that addresses highly complex, contentious, sensitive and high-risk issues.
  • Ensures a quality-orientated approach to care that recognises the needs and views of children and their carers (where applicable) and places the child at the centre of all activities across the Trust.
  • Develops and promotes collaborative working with the wider health community and with all other agencies pertinent to safeguarding children.
  • Creates effective communication systems with key professional/agencies to ensure consistent standards of practice across the health community.
  • Engenders an ethos of joint working, collaboration and mutual respect amongst all members of the multidisciplinary team to improve the overall knowledge of safeguarding children amongst staff.
  • Develops and promotes service user consultation/involvement in the development of safeguarding children practice.
  • Development of risk management strategies to help reduce incidents that may put children and vulnerable adults at risk, bringing these to the attention of the Head of Safeguarding. This includes taking a lead on the Risk Assessment required when potentially Dangerous People access Trust premises as a patient, visitor or parent.
  • Work together with other key agencies to ensure the Trust is represented as a partner, addressing the Government agenda for Children and Young People in relation to safeguarding.
  • Ensure that there are robust systems in place within the Trust to disseminate and process safeguarding information relating to, but not exclusive to Missing Children and Families and Child Deaths or serious incidents

Communication and Relationships
  • The post holder provides and receives highly complex, highly confidential, sensitive and contentious information and uses the highest level of communication and inter-personal skills to influence practice where there may be significant barriers to acceptance.
  • Within training and supervision, it is necessary to overcome significant resistance to advice in this contentious area of work and convince senior officers and colleagues with other priorities that the safeguarding of children and adults is of the highest importance.
  • The post holder is required to utilise the highest level of skill in the relaying of sensitive, highly confidential, complex and contentious information. She/he will be required to do this across a range of situations and environments with patients, relatives, carers and different agencies.
  • The post holder will be required to develop joint working initiatives within other areas of health, social care, police, education, voluntary and public sector organisations etc. to facilitate communication and strengthen partnership working. Work with the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Adults to ensure that the Think Family Safeguarding agenda and strategy is implemented Trust wide.

Training, Education and Development
  • Leads, develops and implements the Trust Think Family Safeguarding Training Strategy in response to the identified needs of staff ensuring continuing standards of practice in line with local and national requirements.
  • Collaboratively works with, and supports, Matrons and senior AHPs to identify safeguarding training needs through the appraisal process or individual performance reviews of staff to ensure the workforce remains informed, knowledgeable and competent.
  • Collaborates with the Designated Nurse and training sub-group of the local Safeguarding Children Partnership to ensure consistency of practice across the wider Health and Local Authority community.
  • Collaborates with the Training, Education and Development Department to establish and maintain a detailed safeguarding training database.

Clinical Governance
  • Ensures that safeguarding practice is dynamic, and evidence based with robust systems in place to provide the Trust with up-to-date information on changing practice, guidance and legislation
  • Under the guidance of the Head of Safeguarding develops protocols, standards and guidelines to ensure best safeguarding practice is met.
  • Challenges under the guidance of the Head of Safeguarding current practices across the Trust to promote and ensure a culture of continuous quality improvement within safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • Leads , develops and evaluates under the guidance of the Head of Safeguarding, safeguarding children audit across the Trust developing protocols and training in relation to the clinical risk identified for children.
  • Under the guidance of the Head of Safeguarding initiates and undertakes safeguarding research within the Trust as and when required.
  • Contributes to the implementation of systems, nursing and Trust protocols that support the development and modernisation of nursing across the Trust
  • Collaborates with nursing, midwifery and AHP managers to investigate and respond to safeguarding issues.
  • Support the Trust to provide a fair blame culture that encourages the reporting of errors, near misses and untoward incidents, in which reflection can be used to learn from mistakes.
  • Supports the Head of Safeguarding on the development of the Trust Safeguarding Annual Report in conjunction with the Named Nurse for Adults (and other reports as required) for the Trust Board.

Clinical Supervision
  • Develops and implements models of clinical supervision appropriate to the needs of all staff involved with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and their families.
  • Attends safeguarding conferences/strategy meetings and other interagency meetings and/or briefs practitioners in relation to these meetings.
  • Act in a consultative and advisory capacity to provide specialist advice and support to health staff who may attend child protection conferences, strategy and discharge planning meetings

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews
  • Contributes to the Trusts serious case reviews when requested by the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (Local Authority).
  • Critically analyses, interprets and evaluates the content of medical records/clinical practice in response to serious case reviews.
  • Interviews staff in a sensitive and non-pejorative manner to clarify complex and contentious information where several outcomes/course of actions need to be considered.

To formulate recommendations for change following the critical analysis and evaluation of clinical practice in order to improve practice and quality of service delivery for vulnerable children and their families within the Trust.

Physical and Mental Skills
  • Th post holder will require keyboard skills in order to produce PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, preparation of document and reports.
  • The post holder will also be required to hold a valid driving licence, as car driving is essential. Training/meetings etc are held in a variety of venues both across and outside of the Trust. Training is provided to a variety of audiences that range in number to 70 plus.

Mental Skills
  • Because of the complex, contentious and high-risk nature of safeguarding the post holder will be required to have:
  • Analytical, critical and judgemental skills compatible with that achieved at masters level or in-depth experience in order to ensure the safe and effective delivery of the service.
  • Negotiating and influencing skills to effectively engage with all members of the Trust as well as external agencies/professionals to promote and deliver the Safeguarding agenda
  • This is particularly relevant in areas that are reluctant to address safeguarding childrens issues.
  • Excellent leadership and motivational skills are required to engage staff and other agencies in an area that is often highly distressing and contentious in nature.
  • Supportive and counselling skills are also required to address the needs of staff who are regularly involved with children and/or adults who are physically and sexually abused or neglected and their families or carers.
  • The ability to interpret national safeguarding policy according to local service delivery.

The ability to manage and prioritise their own caseload is essential as is an understanding and knowledge of budgetary management in order to ensure that service provision is cost effective e.g. relative cost/value of recommended external training courses etc.

Person Specification



  • A robust knowledge and understanding of the National Agenda
  • A robust knowledge of Safeguarding Children iss
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