Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 a year per annum inclusive of HCA
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Reporting to the Trust Lead Named Nurse for Children Safeguarding, the post holder will join a team of experienced safeguarding professionals.

The post holder will provide expert advice and support on a daily basis to staff working across the Trust in both acute and community settings on all aspects of safeguarding. This will include highly complex, difficult and emotive situations.

The post holder will work closely with other named and designate professionals across Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham

Main duties of the job

  • For developing and ensuring safe child protection systems and processes are in place within the Trust for information sharing, training, safeguarding supervision and support across all services, including Adult Areas - clinical and community.
  • To ensure on-going monitoring, evaluation and review of safeguarding children arrangements and processes within the Trust.
  • To take an operational lead role for ensuring relevant safeguarding children training, both internal and interagency is promoted, provided and available to all staff working with children & young people and that systems are in place to audit training needs and monitor training attended.
  • To take an operational lead for ensuring relevant safeguarding children supervision program is in place for all staff mapped to receive safeguarding children supervision.

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is a community focused provider of local and acute care, providing high quality services to over one million people living across the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley. With a turnover of around �700 million, we provide services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, University Hospital Lewisham and a range of community settings in Lewisham. We also provide some services at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

As an organisation, we've made significant improvements for patients and staff in the last two and-a-half years. This is reflected in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection (from February 2020), which found improvements across the organisation and gave us an improved rating of \Good in the Well-Led and Effective domains, in addition to the rating of \Good that we had already achieved in the Caring domain. Our staff culture change programme has been key to the Trust's improvement journey, as we've stabilised our workforce by reducing vacancy rates and improving staff retention. We've also significantly increased the representation of minority ethnic leaders across our clinical and corporate teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Result Areas & Performance:
  • The post holder will provide 1:1 line management and 1:1 safeguarding children supervision for 8 Safeguarding Children Advisors.
  • The Named Nurse will supervise and work with directly with SGAs across all 3 bases (UHL, QEH and MASH) and escalate any areas of concern (performance or case related) to the Trust Lead Named Nurse.
  • Ensure advice is available on a day-to-day basis for the management of children and families where there are safeguarding children concerns to all specialties.
  • Support and guide staff in writing Police Statements, Case Conference and Court Reports, for complex cases involving multiple agencies.
  • To provide expert advice on child protection matters and identifies areas of risk in safeguarding practice and recommends changes to minimize risk.
  • Participate and contribute to Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships (LSCPs) activities, which may include sitting on LSCPs or sub-committees as appropriate. These responsibilities will be delegated, by and shared with the Trust Lead Named Nurse.
  • The Named Nurse will present reports, data, and information to related meetings specifically for Bexley and Greenwich Integrated Care System (ICS) and the associated SCP.
  • The Named Nurse will be the first point for case escalation, liaise closely with and provide a consultative role for all service leads and managers on safeguarding children matters and implications for their service.
  • Ensure that safeguarding children supervision is provided for all practitioners within the Trust, in line with the Safeguarding Supervision programme developed by the Trust Lead Named Nurse.
  • Working with the Trust Lead Named Nurse identify any practice areas, or systems, which may place the Trust at risk and work with key people within the Trust to reduce the level of risk.
  • Work closely with other Named Professionals in supporting all activities necessary to ensure that the Trust meets its responsibilities in safeguarding children.
  • Advise police, social care, and other agencies on health matters with

regard to safeguarding children where relevant.
  • Participate in policy planning and implementation of multi-disciplinary audit, practice and standards and training programmes as appropriate.
  • Provide the Trust Lead Named Nurse with regular feedback about the progress of the work undertaken by the sub / task groups attended and safeguarding supervision facilitated by the Named Nurse.
  • Undertake the internal component of any Case Review, except where there is personal involvement with the case, following the death or serious harm to a child.
  • Support and contribute to the work being undertaken by the Trust Lead Named Nurse to advise the Trust Board on safeguarding children matters in conjunction with other Named and Designated Professionals.
  • Where relevant contribute to and participate in the planning and strategic organization of safeguarding children services, in collaboration with the Trust Lead Named Nurse.
  • Where required support, advise and work with the Trust Lead Named Nurse on all questions of planning and strategy regarding safeguarding children services.
  • Support and advise, Nurses, Clinical colleagues, and Allied Health Professionals on the management of all types of child maltreatment.
  • Gather, analyze, and evaluate evidence in order to safeguard children and young people. Information may be gathered from audits, Ulysses/safeguarding incidents or multiagency case reviews.
  • To support the Trust Lead Named Nurse with the development of safeguarding childrens policies, guidelines, and standards for all services within the Trust and ensure they are updated to reflect best practice as informed by case reviews, audits, new legislation and DH guidance.

  • Liaise closely with allied health professionals and child protection leads within ICSs (eg: Bexley, Lambeth, Southwark, Bromley, and Greenwich) to enhance working together and continuity of care.
  • Maintain close formal and informal links with LSCP, statutory and voluntary service colleagues to foster good interagency working and develop any joint initiatives towards safer practice in the protection of children.
  • To ensure safe and efficient systems for the dissemination of safeguarding information and the transfer of records within the Trust
  • To report to Line Manager (Trust Lead Named Nurse) and Designated Nurse all serious incidents with child protection implications involving children within the Trust.
  • In collaboration with the Trust Lead Named Nurse, to analyse and respond to serious untoward incidents by conducting internal management reviews under the supervision of the Trust Lead Named Nurse.
  • Following the death or serious harm to a child to review all circumstances surrounding the incident and make recommendations where changes in policy and practice are indicated to optimize safe practice under the supervision of the Trust Lead Named Nurse.
  • To deputise for the Trust Lead Named Nurse / Deputy Chief Nurse as required.

For further details of the role please see attached job description

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • First level registered Nurse
  • Three years experience as a Band 7 Safeguarding Children Advisor (SGA) / Specialist Nurse
  • Post-graduate qualification relevant to the role in Safeguarding Children


  • Evidence holding or working towards a Masters degree



  • A proven track record of operational management at a senior level in an acute hospital environment, including staff, financial and change management
  • Proven track record of delivering the quality agenda, ensuring patient safety is paramount and at the forefront to planning services and resource allocation
  • A good understanding of the changing NHS environment
  • Undertaking and writing a report for audits
  • Experience of acute and community work with children and families.
  • Experience of multiagency working.
  • Experience of providing safeguarding children supervision within a model of reflective practice
  • Knowledge of clinical governance.


  • Experience of contributing to research projects
  • Previous work on multiagency and multi disciplinary committee meetings.
  • Safeguarding children Supervisor for SGA's Safeguarding Children
  • Contributing or writing policies and undertaking an audit
  • Experience of being an Author for an IMR and chronology for a serious case review / learning review



  • Knowledge of national and local child protection policy and legislative framework.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex problems and to develop and successfully implement practical and workable solutions to address them;
  • Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create the conditions for successful partnership working
  • Well developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams, and have them understand the Trust's and your performance expectations
  • Ability to be intellectually flexible and to look beyond existing structures, ways of working, boundaries and organisations to produce more effective and innovative service delivery and partnerships
  • Sound political judgement and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy, and diverse interest groups, and common sense in knowing when to brief \up the line
  • Experience and skills in training and presentations demonstrating good IT skills
  • Awareness of recent research and developments relating to Child Protection work and its implications for practice.
  • Awareness and knowledge of issues in clinical supervision and consultation when working with professionals and lay staff
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other statutory and voluntary agencies in Child Protection.
  • Knowledge of the current Government guidelines relating to Child Protection work.
  • An understanding of the implications of the Children Act (1989 and 2004), Working Together 2018 and Intercollegiate 2019, in relation to safeguarding children work.
  • Awareness of the effects of culture and family dynamics on parenting and child rearing practices and of the implication of these for Child Protection work.

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