We are seeking to appoint a Nurse Specialist-Safeguarding Children to join our safeguarding team. As part of the safeguarding team, you will build and maintain relationships with colleagues from within the Trust and staff from partner agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare Children and families.
The successful applicant will work with the Head of Safeguarding to ensure the Trust meets its statutory and regulatory responsibilities to safeguard children, by providing safeguarding advice, support and training to staff within the Trust.
We are looking for someone with a sound proven knowledge base within Safeguarding and demonstrable skills who is enthusiastic, proactive and flexible
If you are interested in safeguarding and think you would add value to our team, please contact us to discuss the role. We are looking for someone who preferably is already working within a safeguarding role but would be happy to support the right candidate to develop.
Informal visits and discussions are welcomeMain duties of the job
Supervision of staff
safeguarding advice and support
good report writing
Delivering trainingAbout us
Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust provides community-based health services for adults and children in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and some services in surrounding areas too. These range from district nursing, health visiting and running four community hospitals through to providing very specialist community care through talented and dedicated staff.
Patients, carers and the public play a vital role in helping us to develop and improve our services and we are constantly looking for ways to work with local communities, patients and the public to innovate and improve. Have a look at the Have Your Say section of our website to find out how you can feed back your experiences and help us to continually improve.
Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust is an exciting place to work. It offers a wide range of employment opportunities for many people.
Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust positively encourages applications from all areas of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. We are committed to ensuring people who work for the community trust have a good working life - and a good work life/home life balance.Job descriptionJob responsibilitiesJOB PURPOSE
The purpose of this job is to support the Head of Safeguarding to provide safeguarding and child protection advice, support, and training to all staff within the Trust. COMPETENCY BASED KEY RESULT AREAS These are key leadership result areas which will be applicable to the area of responsibility outlined above and are commensurate with the grade of the post. Vision
- To have a clear understanding of the vision of the Trust and local childrens services.
- To assist the Head of Safeguarding in promoting the vision and contributing to the establishment of an ethos of modern, customer-orientated health services which translates into a culture of effective patient/public/user centred delivery throughout services
- To proactively lead the development of the Trusts training strategy and coordinate its delivery ensuring the Trust meets the statutory responsibilities.
- The post holder will demonstrate a systematic approach to the work of child protection, focusing on the impact on child health issues and the importance of multi-agency working.
- The Nurse Specialist will provide highly specialist, professional advice, and support, to promote safe, high quality child/patient centred services across Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust following agreed referral pathways and processes to all staff in Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.
- To work with health practitioners, including those in primary care and their managers in developing high standards of practice in relation to the management of vulnerable children and their families, contributing to performance management as appropriate.
- To actively participate in working groups specific to role, attending safeguarding meetings representing the Trust and supporting the Head of Safeguarding as required.
- To communicate highly sensitive and complex health information accurately in both a verbal and written form to health colleagues, social workers and other agencies that conform to policies around consent, confidentiality and information sharing agreements between agencies.
- To work with the Head of Safeguarding to produce an evaluation of safeguarding training across the community and within primary care for the annual and other requested reports.
- To provide safeguarding supervision for a defined group of staff as agreed by the Head of Safeguarding in line with the Trusts Safeguarding Children and Supervision policies, developing and reviewing action plans with staff where development needs are identified.
- Ensure that new national and local policies and procedures are distributed, understood, and implemented by community and primary care professionals.
- To work with the Head of Safeguarding to update the training strategy programme and develop policies in accordance with new legislation, statutory guidance, and recommendations from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews
Understanding and Managing in Context
- Assist the Head of Safeguarding in the management of Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews including the implementation and audit of any recommendations within the designated locality.
- To utilise highly complex and conflicting information and analysis of information from serious incidents, local data, Child Safeguarding Practice Review recommendations and research to critically evaluate practice by developing, promoting, and participating in audit programmes in ensuring training packages are revised to reflect the identified needs.
- The post holder will support the Head of Safeguarding to ensure that the organisation meets its responsibilities to safeguard and protect children and young people as set out in national legislation and guidance.
- Contribute to the planning of the Safeguarding Team development.
- Contribute to the review and development of existing information management systems.
- Contribute to the development of policies and procedures, taking the lead in areas identified by the Head of Safeguarding.
- Contribute to the development of key Safeguarding Children and Young People performance indicators to assess compliance.
- Advise on improvements to current safeguarding arrangements through, analysis and audit, reporting and suggesting procedures to enhance the safeguarding decision-making processes across the health economy.
- Ensure timely and accurate information analysis and reporting to the Head of Safeguarding on agreed areas of work.
- Contribute to performance improvement of the Safeguarding team across the health economy
- Participate in relevant internal and external working groups and provide advice, expertise, and support where requested
- Provide relevant and timely contributions to reports as requested by the Head of Safeguarding.
Team and People Development
- Work with members of the Safeguarding Team to provide specialist support and advice to all staff within the Trust.
- Build and maintain relationships with Trust employees and staff in partner agencies
- Assist in the induction of all new staff working within the safeguarding arena, undertaking the role of mentor, preceptor and offering support as required to newly appointed staff.
- Provide appropriate support to all staff to develop their skills in Child Protection processes, including attending Child Protection Conferences, strategy meetings, and preparing written reports in relation to formal Child Protection procedures and for legal proceedings as the need arises.
- To identify through safeguarding supervision and support of staff, their training needs and work with the safeguarding team putting together and providing training packages based on that identified need.
- To line manage staff and allocated resources within the Safeguarding Team. This will include management of performance issues and sickness absence and first line disciplinary.
- To support staff development and improve standards of practice, through annual appraisal process, facilitating personal development plans and training needs.
- Behaves consistently with the values and beliefs of the organisation and promotes these on day-to-day basis.
- Behaves consistently with the NHS Code of Conduct for Managers.
- Maintains emotional resilience and maturity with the occasionally exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances for example in the conduct of serious disciplinary cases.
- To take responsibility for keeping up to date and reviewing your personal development needs and objectives on a regular basis including participating in reviews with your manager at least a 12-monthly basis.
- To ensure that your actions and behaviours are in line with, and consistent with, our values
- Matters of a confidential nature, regarding both staff and patients may be available to the post holder divulgence of information or even of the knowledge of such information must only occur in the proper exercise of the above duties.
- All members of staff must ensure that information security is always maintained, taking personal responsibility to be aware of and ensure that their actions and behaviours are in line with, the Trusts information governance policies.
- The post holder will be required to comply with regulations relating to the Health and Safety at Work
- The post holder will be required to comply with regulations relating to Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) including adherence with IPC policies challenge poor IPC practices of others and to report any breaches, using appropriate Trust mechanisms e.g., incident reporting policy
- The post holder will be required to comply with policies and procedures issued by and on behalf of the Trust.
Person Specificationtraining and qualificationsEssential
- This job description will be subject to review and amendment, in consultation with the post holder, to meet the changing needs of the service and the organisation.
Knowledge and skillsEssential
- NMC Registered nurse
- Registered Nurse. oBSc (Hons) Public Health, Specialist Practitioner (Health Visitor or School Nurse) oPost registration training qualification, ENB 998 or equivalent
- Evidence of on-going professional development
- Has good understanding of the role
- has sound knowledge of legislation and policy around safeguarding
- experience of assessing risks and reporting and escalating concerns
Employer detailsEmployer name
- community experience
- experience of working in a safeguarding environment
Shropshire Community Health NHS TrustAddress
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